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GTMA supplier Physical Digital's work in

the aerospace sector ranges from scanning individual components to providing

long-term project support for design,

development, pre-production, production,

inspection and service.

Its team recently returned to Sywell

Aerodrome to work on a specific aircraft project. The company has worked at Sywell

before, and this time was scanning two Piper

KingAir aircraft for 2Excel Aviation, which

provides bespoke aviation solutions, operates a developmental test and evaluation

unit, and works with leading-edge research

and development into airborne systems.

The latest project for Physical Digital

required accurate measurement and data

that is used for the design of external components for the aircraft.

Once designed,

these components are then tested using

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to

ensure the aircraft is safe to fly.

"This is typical of a Physical Digital aerospace

project," said MD Tim Rapley.

"We often follow a process from

early stages to final inspection

to help our clients be completely confident about the performance

of the components or

structures they produce."

3D scanning offers companies

like 2Excel a range of opportunities to verify,

precisely model and

compare data.

In this case, the scans and data produced

will also be used to verify the integrity

between two identical airframes, allowing

2Excel to investigate and document any

anomalies for future building and repair work. GTMA AEROSPACE SUPPLIERS





Imagine being able to source all your

high precision component requirements

with just a single order. No more having

to chase up numerous companies within

the supply chain. Getting regular updates

and a single certificate of conformance

to the specification you need. All within

the timeframe promised.

Kemet International Ltd.'s new Precision

Manufacturing and Surface Finishing service

offers just this.

Whether for prototype fabrication or high volume production

quantities, it can now manufacture

components that have a requirement

for lapped or polished faces from start to finish, all fully ISO 9001 compliant.

For more than 15 years Kemet has

provided a sub contract lapping service to

a broad and loyal customer base, with

industries ranging from medical and aerospace to watch-making and lens mould


In this time Kemet has built an excellent reputation, specialising in high specification diamond

finishing on applications where

conventional lapping cannot produce


required results. Ceramics, and hard coatings in particular lend themselves to diamond

lapping, but any material, can be

processed and certified at Kemet's facilities

in its Kent based world headquarters.

Over the years, Kemet has often been

asked to not only lap and polish precision

components but also to manufacture them,

and this frequent request was the driving

force behind the new service.

Now, with a wide selection of machines at

its disposal, including the latest multi-task

machining centres and lapping/polishing

systems up to 48" diameter plate size, it can

meet this demand.

Already extremely satisfied clients from the

oil and gas industry and the world of

Formula 1 racing have received fully completed components, certified to their drawings,

right through

from the raw material

stage to lapped and polished finished parts.

Companies in the aerospace supply chain

who are looking for ISO9001 qualified components that have a requirement

for lapped, should contact Kemet

International on +44 (0) 1622 755287 or




Photos courtesy Physical Digital - the GTMA

supplier to aerospace often becomes involved in

projects at the early stages.


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