Defense and Military
The F-35C Lightning II is the Navy’s first stealth fighter and the world’s only 5th Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter. The F-35C variant was designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations. As a proud American supplier to the defense industry, TARUS has decades of experience producing best-in-class machines for leading parts and components suppliers.
Whether producing components for 5th Generation stealth fighters, main battle tanks, surface ships, submarines, drones, tactical vehicles, or countless other defense applications, TARUS has the right machine for your specific military and defense application.
Defense and Military
Aluminum Alloy Airframe Components
The majority of most aircraft are constructed of CNC machined aluminum alloy components. TARUS offers a variety of 5-axis CNC milling machines ideal for these components.
Precision assembly fixtures are critical to successfully manufacture aircraft and aerospace vehicles.
Body in White (BIW)
In sheet metal development for a wide range of vehicles, the body in white phase is where the final contours of the vehicle body are worked out in preparation for the ordering of the expensive production stamping die. Highly complex, precision fixtures and jigs are utilized to verify that the prototype and final production sheet metal panels fit together correctly.
Bond Fixtures/Layup Molds
Bond fixtures and layup molds come in a variety of types, including Invar, steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, and hybrid Invar and composite. TARUS 5-axis CNC machines are commonly used to in the aerospace tooling industry to manufacture these tools.
Composite Air Frame Components and Engine Nacelles
Molded composite components are increasingly important for aerospace manufacturing. TARUS 5-axis CNC milling machines are ideal for trimming and drilling these composite components.
Compression molding is a forming process in which a plastic material is placed directly into a heated metal mold then is softened by the heat and therefore forced to conform to the shape of the mold, as the mold closes. Compression molding applied to vehicle body applications typically refer to SMC, or Sheet Molded Composites.
Die casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal is forced into steel molds. The advantage of this process is the accuracy and repeatability compared to traditional pour casting. Die cast automotive components include aluminum transmission cases, bell housings, suspension components, and bulkheads. TARUS machines are utilized in the production of the die cast die as well as machining the cast aluminum components.
Forging dies are consumable tooling used in the process of manufacturing highly durable vehicle components such as connecting rods, crankshafts, differential gears, and steering arms.
Friction Stir Welding Fixtures
FSW is a process of joining two pieces of metal together using friction rather than heat welding. Due to the forces placed on the part, proper fixturing is critical for producing high quality components.
Hydroforming is a specialized type of die forming that uses a high pressure hydraulic fluid to press room temperature working material into a die. Hydroforming allows complex shapes with concavities to be formed, which would be difficult or impossible with standard solid die stamping. Hydroformed parts can often be made with a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio and at a lower per unit cost than traditional stamped or stamped and welded parts. Virtually all metals capable of cold forming can be hydroformed, including aluminum, brass, carbon and stainless steel, copper, and high strength alloys.
Impellers have wide ranging application from pumps, to turbines, to turbochargers. Machining impellers benefits from simultaneous 5-axis milling, and requires extremely tight-tolerance geometry. The TARUS UNIMAX series is perfect for this application.
Injection molding is a manufacturing process where melted plastic is forced under pressure into steel or aluminum molds. These molds are cooled by liquid to solidify the part.
Aircraft landing gear are comprised of many large critical components that require machining on 5-axis CNC milling machines to achieve their final form.
In nuclear power generation, the steam circuit must be separate from water circuit. It's the most critical sub-assembly of one of the most critical aspects of a nuclear reactor. TARUS multi-spindle BTA machines are used to drill the many thousands of deepholes in critical tube sheets components with great precision.
Precision machined components are measured using a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) after manufacturing and before assembly to ensure quality and precision.
Production Assembly Fixtures
Production assembly fixtures are used to assemble aerospace bodies, vehicle bodies, and interior components. These highly precise gauges and jigs are assembled from machined components and then verified by CMM.
Service and Testing Fixtures
Aerospace companies utilize a variety of fixtures to test, maintain, and redeploy vehicles for reuse. TARUS 5-axis milling machines are used to the components for these fixtures.
Stamping dies are used to form steel and aluminum body panels, chassis components and a wide variety of other types of vehicle components.
The TARUS UNIMAX series are ideal for milling engraved tire tread molds due to the universal milling head and rotary table configuration.
Trim and Drill Fixtures
Composite and aluminum airframe components require proper fixturing in order to drill holes and trim edges precisely without damaging the workpiece.
Turbine discs require simultaneous 5-axis milling in order to produce their very complex shapes. The rotary table and swiveling milling head configuration make the TARUS UNIMAX a good choice for this application.
Vehicle and Transportation Design
One of the most important aspects of achieving the final shape and form of a vehicle that goes into production is taking the idea from the drawing board to a clay model. TARUS invented the claymill and remains the world leader in car and transportation design studio solutions worldwide.