Janicki Industries machines extremely large and complex components to very tight tolerances, including the Lower Pressure Dome for Boeing’s CST – 100 Starliner spacecraft. The CAM module in NX 10 is used by Janicki NC Programmers to develop and define the tool paths used to mill a solid block of aluminum into a complex dome for space travel. The Starliner Lower Pressure Dome consists of over 1,500 pockets. The dome required hundreds of hours of 5-axis machining to remove most of the space-grade aluminum alloy leaving behind the dome with pockets. Each pocket has critical thickness and tolerances needed to function in space.
Janicki uses NX software acquired from Acuity Solutions Inc. They blend their expertise with NX, laser metrology and machining processes to ensure extreme precision and accuracy. The first of four Starliner Lower Domes have been delivered to Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the completion of a challenging machined parts process for the aerospace industry.