Those working in the aviation manufacturing industry are likely familiar with essential tools such as hand cutting tools. While some of these tools can be utilized in other fields- including the auto and marine industry- they are significant to aviation mechanics and manufacturers. Below you’ll find a brief outline and description of the tools that aircraft manufacturers tend to use.
Files: Because files are so commonplace across several different industries, these tools are often overlooked. However, they play an essential role in the manufacturing of aviation parts. They help shape through cutting and abrasion. Files come in all different shapes and sizes ranging from as small as 3 inches to 8 inches. The files has four main distinct properties, which are length, contour, form, and teeth.
Die Grinder: A die grinder is a tool aircraft manufacturers use to administer to mounted cutoff wheels, rotary files, sanding disks or high speeds. This category of grinders (electric) are typically powered by compressed air. Pneumatic die grinders run at 12,000 to 20,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) with the rotational speed controlled by the operator who uses a hand or foot-operated throttle to vary the volume of compressed air.
Burring Tool: This type of tool is used to remove a burr from an edge of a sheet or to deburr a hole. Deburring is an extremely important stage in an airplane building process. Anytime you cut an edge or a hole or you drill a hole on the aircraft metal part, you'll need to deburr it. In other words, you'll need to knock the sharp edges off – remove punch marks, polish edges and remove burrs caused by cut-off wheels or drills, as smooth edges will reduce the risk of stress cracking. The surface should be smooth, so you don’t cut your finger when pressing and running it along the metal edges.
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