& Defense

Expert Aerospace Machining for Aircraft Plastic and Composite Parts

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In aerospace & defense, weight and strength are critical for your precision plastic and composite parts. The advantages of high-performance thermoplastics in aviation cannot be overstated, as the weight savings from these lightweight aircraft components can significantly reduce operating costs, as well as extend flight range. In military aircraft, polymer components can have the additional benefit of evading radar detection.

With resistance to high temperatures and corrosive materials, thermoplastics like PEEK and PEI provide a cost-effective alternative to the metal alloys traditionally used in aerospace, without sacrificing the tensile strength and mechanical properties necessary for high-performance. The use of these thermoplastics in commercial, military and space aircraft has resulted in streamlined operations for the industry, and is at the forefront of aerospace innovation.


Machining Applications for Aerospace & Defense


For over three decades, AIP Precision Machining has worked with leading aerospace and defense engineers and contractors like Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and GE Aviation. Products machined for these industries include:

  • Aircraft Engines, Systems and Structural Components Icon

    Aircraft Engines, Systems
    and Structural Components

  • Chemical Detection Devices Icon

    Detection Devices

  • Landing Gear Components Icon

    Landing Gear

  • Military Targeting and Defense Sensors Icon

    Military Targeting
    and Defense Sensors

  • Space and Satellite Devices Icon

    Space and
    Satellite Devices

Setting the Standard for Aerospace & Defense Plastic Machining


In order to survive the rigors of the aerospace and defense industry, AIP produces components with the utmost level of precision. These products are lightweight, radar absorbent and made to last in extreme temperatures. Additionally, they follow strict adherence to industry specifications.


In our commitment to quality custom plastic components for aerospace and defense industry, AIP is a certified and registered ITAR facility. We are capable of satisfying all customer DOD, NASA and FAA quality requirements flowed down from our OEM customers.


We include quality assurance as an integral part of our process and is addressed at every step of your project, from concept to completion.


In addition, AIP offers the unprecedented turnaround of 10 business days or less for your machined complex prototypes. Our ability to create complicated components with quick turnaround puts us at the forefront of complex polymer machining.


40+ Years of Material Expertise


In aerospace & defense applications, adherence to stringent industry specifications is something AIP takes seriously. We understand the need for lot and batch traceability, as well as materials that can survive extreme operating environments.

Every product we develop is made from carefully selected materials for your specific application and needs. Our high-performance thermoplastics and compounds made for the aerospace and defense industry feature:

  • Chemical Resistance
  • Conductive or Insulative Properties
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Extreme Precision Tolerance (up to 0.002 mm)
  • Finished Smooth Surface
  • High Temperature Resistance (Exceeding 750°F, or 400°C)
  • Lightweight Features
  • No Stress-Induced Distortion
  • Radar Absorption

For this reason, the following high-performance plastics and composites from AIP’s extensive material library are frequently machined for this industry:


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