Trusted as the only supplier capable of manufacturing these critical components, Metalex overcame considerable production challenges. Wall and web thicknesses were as thin as 0.085" with depths up to 6" despite significant part movement during machining. The 100+ bushing holes required ±0.0012" centerline tolerances across a 60" hinge area, while the adjoining composite skins needed a 0.007" profile on its outside contour surface for ideal stealth characteristics.
Working with our customers , Metalex succeeded in ushering this project through the prototype development phase to set up specialized manufacturing cells to support initial and full-rate production.
Metalex has a long history with us on the F-35 program. Throughout this time, Metalex has been an integral partner in providing quality products and services that has contributed greatly to the success of our manufacturing operations and performance with our customer. We pride ourselves on Customer satisfaction and set exceptionally high standards for supplier quality. Recognizably we are only as successful as that our supply chain and best in class suppliers like Metalex.