Aligning aircraft panels and fuselage during assembly is a tough task in the aircraft industry. To make it easier, Frazer-Nash, a company acknowledged for the manufacturing of sports car, leverages Renishaw additive manufacturing technology. Indeed, taking into account Renishaw’s expertise in demanding sectors, it would have been hard to not mention a use case from Renishaw during this week dedicated to the use of AM in the aerospace industry.

It’s already been 5 years that the company has been harnessing Renishaw AM technology. The company starts with Renishaw AM 250 system and recently purchased the AM 400 which enables the production of metal parts.

One of Frazer-Nash’s most outstanding projects is for its customer Kwikbolt, whose aim is to revolutionise the assembly of aircraft. Kwikbolt is one of the rare companies that produces a specific temporary fastening device, used to align aircraft panels and fuselage during assembly.

The component simplifies the manufacturing process and ensures that aerospace companies no longer require a bespoke tool for every panel, helping to reduce costs, improve precision and speed up assembly.

“By using AM, Frazer-Nash is able to produce components cost-effectively in small batch sizes,” explained Stuart Offer, AM Sales Manager at Renishaw. “In contrast to machining, no custom tooling is required, which results in improvements in speed and a reduction in manufacturing costs, particularly for such a difficult to machine part.”

The Kwikbolt project is a true AM success story,” explained Paul Mortlock, Managing Director at Frazer-Nash. “Using AM means we can easily produce a bespoke component based on each aerospace customer’s requirements. Renishaw’s AM systems have been flawless since we started working together. Frazer-Nash now produces 25,000 AM parts a year and has expanded its range of components.”

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