Original Date: 10/14/1988
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Soft Master Tooling
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (BHTI) is using CATIA to access engineering part data to manufacture master tooling molds. Soft master tools are created by using the part geometry to serve as a basis for tool fabrication. Tool specific information is then added to the CATIA model to create a complete soft master tool. This soft master tool data is downloaded to a machine to fabricate the master tool, which is then used to construct bonding tools and drill and rout fixtures.
Using CATIA and NC machines to build master tools enables the reconstruction of a master tool in the event of damage without alterations to part dimensions. It also enables the creation of new master tools with minimal effort and expense in the event of engineering design changes.
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