Manufacturing Capabilities

We work with a wide variety of materials including: Titanium, Aluminium, Inconel,
Stainless Steel, Tool Steel.

Please speak with us about your specific requirements and we will use the appropriate
processes and standards to meet your needs.

If there is a capability you require which is not listed, please speak with us and we may
be able to help – contact.


MachinesCapacityPrecision (inspected)
CNC 5-Axis Huron KX50MX Travel = 2000mm±0.01mm
CNC 5-Axis Hermle C400uX Travel = 850mm± 0.01mm
CNC 5-Axis Hermle C250uX Travel = 600mm± 0.01mm
CNC 3-Axis Doosan DNMX Travel = 1050mm± 0.01mm
CNC Lathe Doosan including
secondary drilling milling
Max component length 2100mm± 0.01mm
Manual Milling1200x600mm± 0.01mm
Manual LatheMax Diameter = 425mm, Max Length = 2200mm± 0.01mm
Electro-Discharge Machining
(Die Sink)
X = 750mm, Y = 650mm, Z = 600mm± 0.01mm
Electro-Discharge Machining
(Wire Erosion)
X = 500mm, Y = 300mm, Z = 370mm± 0.01mm
Electro-Discharge Machining (Drilling)X = 360mm, Y = 270mm, Z = 400mm with table
or 550mm without.
± 0.01mm
Precision Jig Boring Machine 1Table Size 400mm x 200mm± 0.005mm
Precision Jig Boring Machine 2Table Size 900mm x 600mm± 0.005mm
Precision Jig Boring Machine 3Table Size 600mm x 500mm± 0.005mm
Surface Grinder (Small)X = 450mm, Y = 150mm, Z = 200mm± 0.005mm
Surface Grinder (Large)X = 600mm, Y = 300mm, Z = 250mm± 0.005mm
Cylindrical GrindingMax Diameter = 200mm, Max Length = 750mm± 0.005mm

Additive Manufacture

ProcessMax VolumePrecision
Direct Metal Laser Sintering500mm x 280mm x 365mm±0.2mm
Wire Arc Additive Manufacture320mm x 132mm x 154mm+2mm for final machining
Mark Forged Mark Two EDM 3D Printer320mm x 132mm x 154mm±0.1mm
Formlabs Form 3 LFS 3D Printer145mm x 145mm x 185mm±0.025mm

Fitting and Assembly

ItemPrecision (inspected)
Gaps at Joints±0.005mm
Angles between Components with Assemblies±0.1 deg
Surface Profile of Assemblies±0.05mm
Surface Roughness – Hand FinishRA 0.4
Minimum Sharp Edge Thickness0.25mm


MachinesInput / Output FilesPrecision
Global Image CMM equipped with
Renishaw SP25 analogue scanning probe
Leica Optical ScannerInput: STEP, IGES

Strain Gauging

Typical Strain Gauge SensitivityGauge Factor = c.2.0
Bridge Thermal Compensation0.05uV / V /°C (for 20-60°C)
Service Life* (operating within design loads and
without chemical contamination)
At least 10 years

*Maximum part volume for these capabilities is: 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm

Contact us

Aircraft Research Association Limited

Manton Lane, Bedford, England MK41 7PF

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