Launcher Project

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Launcher, a startup company out of New York, is developing the world’s most efficient rocket to deliver small satellites to orbit and FlexArm is partnering with them to make this happen.

The launcher E-2 engines are 3D printed in high-performance copper alloy and require less propellant to get to orbit — allowing Launcher to deliver more satellite cargo per rocket. Launcher designed and manufactured the world’s largest single-part 3D printed liquid rocket engine combustion chamber. Printing in a single piece reduces costs and enables the highest performance regenerative cooling design. 

Rocket Launcher

Launcher reached out to FlexArm looking for an effective tapping solution for their rocket launchers. FlexArm eagerly accepted the project and the engineers immediately started working on a design plan. The fixture will hold the part in a horizontal position allowing the tap to come in horizontally. The part will rotate 360º within the fixture allowing the FlexArm to easily reach each of the holes horizontally. Due to the large nature of the taps, the GHM-60 will be used for this application.

FlexArm is collaborating with OSG to provide the NPT taps required for this application. With their expertise, they helped select the following taps. 

2″ – 11-1/2 NPT – EDP 1311000

1-1/2″-11-1/2 NPT – EDP 1310900

1-1/4″-11-1/2 NPT – EDP 1310808

7/8-14 UNF-2B – EDP 2939208

Check out this exciting video of us tapping this rocket .Watch how the FlexArm performs

on this amazing 3D printed part.

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Standard Features

  • Hand Pendant
  • 22″ Touch Screen Monitor
  • Omron FlexCNC Controller
  • Mobile Control Panel
  • Through Spindle Coolant 
  • Auto Tool Changer 
  • Flood Coolant
HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

C-20-02 / C-10-02

18

6000

61

C-20-02 / C-10-02

33

12000

61

CM-20-02

Auto Stand-Off – This is currently defined to be surface stand-off and not to be confused with vector stand-off in 5-axis mode. The current auto stand-off is based on a changing surface and will adjust vertically based on the angle of the “A” Axis, so there is five (5) axis taken into account during the calculations, but this is not the same as the tool vector stand-off. There is the ability to do the vector stand-off change while the machine is running manually with buttons on the screen.

Z-Reader Probe – The Z-Reader is a device for mapping the location of the surface. It can be controlled manually & programmatically. The option is NOT active while cutting & is retracted out of harm’s way. It can be triggered to verify the surface at every pierce before the cutting process starts, or it could be used to drive surface mapping of the whole part before cutting starts. It begins with initialization or zeroing of the device to the surface at the beginning of a program and then accumulates or tracks the difference from that zeroing effort.

Automatic Edge Finder – The edge finder is or can be utilized manually (Jogging Method & Screen Buttons), programmatically (M & G codes), or fully automatic routine (dedicated program). This option sets offsets & program rotation to match the orientation & location on the cutting table.

AC Unit Installed on Electrical Cabinet – The unit is mounted on the cabinet’s High Power (480v) side. It is close to the location where the drives are mounted. This option keeps the cabinet temperature stable and allows heat dissipation faster. The servo drives for all axes are the most significant contributors to heat inside the electrical cabinet.

5-Axis Renishaw CalibrationThe calibration unit is a Renishaw model APCA45 with a modified spherical stylus. The device has a retractable cover and air purge to clear debris & dust during the activation process. It mounts to a swing arm controlled by a pneumatic rotary, so it is out of the way during regular operation and swings into the calibration position for calibration only. 

HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

G-20-06 / G-10-06

18

6000

61

G-20-06 / -10-06

40

4000

217

GM-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06

40

6000

145

G-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06