Ascent Aerospace produces lay-up tools for composite wing skins

Coast Composites LLC, an Ascent Aerospace company, said it has been contracted to produce a sixth set of wing skin molds for the Airbus A350 XWB.

Following Coast Composites´ delivery of the first set for the A350-1000 in May, Airbus announced the completion of the first production wings in August.

Wing skin tool segments for the A350 XWB are manufactured of Invar and shipped to Airbus facilities in Spain and Germany, then assembled onsite. Ascent´s traveling laser-welding robot minimizes the heat-affected zone and does not introduce high thermal loads into the structure. This eliminates distortion, shrinkage and, most importantly, the requirement for post-heat treating. The 32-meter finished tool can be joined in a vacuum tight weld in a matter of hours.

Ascent Aerospace is a leading provider of aerospace tooling systems, assembly and factory automation and integration, composite machining centers, and engineering services.