Facilities

CAD/CAM/CAE Design

Lite  Machines’ uses modern computer-aided design (CAD), computer aided  engineering (CAE) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technology to  quickly develop innovative products and production processes.  From solid  modeling CAD software to finite element analysis (FEA) software to  kinematic analysis Lite Machines has the tools to develop emerging technologies in the aerospace industry. 

In-House Prototyping and Tooling

Lite Machines maintains a full CNC machine shop including a custom 4-axis CNC vertical machining  center for high-speed machining, a 150 Amp CNC EDM (electric discharge  machine) for cutting steel tools and assemblies, 400 amp TIG welder for welding aluminum and small parts, and a computerized automatic spot welder for delicate welds on rotor control assemblies, MIG and Plasma cutting capabilities.  All prototype and production tooling is designed and built in-house with the result that lead times and tooling costs are significantly reduced. 

In-House CNC Metal Working

Lite  Machines owns and operates modern multi-axis horizontal machining  centers equipped with live tools for in-cycle machining and threading of  cross holes and complex milled geometry.  Each production machine is  configured for a different style of part and all can be used for  machining high precision aircraft components from aluminum, steel,  titanium and engineering plastics 

Solar Power

Southern California is famous for its sunny days and moderate climate. It is also infamous for outragous demand pricing for electricity.  Lite machines' California facility will be 100% solar powered.