RhinoCAM & ShopSabre at AirMotive Specialties, Inc.

AirMotive Specialties, Inc. (Salinas, CA) uses their 12×6 foot ShopSabre CNC to machine aircraft components and dies from 2½ and 3 Axis toolpaths generated using RhinoCAM. AirMotive specializes in the restoration of vintage WWII-era aircraft such as the P51 Mustang Fighter aircraft and the Beechcraft AT-11 trainer aircraft. In the example below, the Aft Spar to Skin supports for the P51 are shown drawn in Rhino 5, toolpaths generated in RhinoCAM 2016, and machined on their ShopSabre CNC. You can also see the final components shown inset on the upper right.

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Main Image: The P51 Mustang Aft Spar to Skin supports is shown in RhinoCAM with the toolpaths being simulated. Inset Left: The G-Code file generated from RhinoCAM’s ShopSabre WinCNC/ATC post processor. Inset Right Top: AirMotive’s 12×6 ShopSabre CNC is shown cutting RhinoCAM’s toolpaths. Inset Right Bottom: The completed P51 Mustang Aft Spar to Skin supports shown fresh off the press and ready for assembly.


In the second image below, a vacuum form die is being machined for the Beechcraft AT-11 out of high-density MDF.

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Main Image: 3 Axis Parallel Finishing toolpaths for a front canopy section of the Beechcraft AT-11 training aircraft is shown being simulated in RhinoCAM using a ½ Inch Ball mill with a 15% (0.0075) step over. Right Top: An actual WWII-era image of the Beechcraft AT-11 with the front canopy indicated (historic image courtesy of Wikipedia and Beechcraft Corporation). Right Bottom: The vacuum form die is being machined on the ShopSabre CNC machine from 36×36 laminated sections of High-Density MDF.

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Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse is an Application Engineer with MecSoft Corporation. Don brings over 20 years of experience in CAD/CAM operations in both automotive and mold design applications. Don also has extensive experience in documenting CAD/CAM products and is actively involved with writing the on-line help as well as creating training tutorials for MecSoft's products.
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