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Beryllium Machining

We machine our beryllium to meet the most demanding mission requirements.

General Dynamics offers close tolerance machining and processing of beryllium and its alloys to deliver optics and optical assemblies with precise, complex geometric features. With more than 50 years of expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to achieve virtually unmatched tolerances.

One-third the weight of aluminum, six times stiffer than steel and with a high thermal stability, beryllium is the ideal material for applications in space or other harsh environments. We machine our beryllium to tolerances up to 1/100,000 of an inch (0.000001 in.) to meet the most demanding mission requirements.

We machine and build precision metal optics and optical assemblies including mirrors, telescopes, gimbals, black bodies, scan mechanisms and collimators. We machine flat, aspheric or spherical beryllium mirrors which can be nickel plated, polished, heat treated and anodized in-house. With diameters ranging from 3in to 5ft, our telescopes support critical airborne and space-based targeting, surveillance and observation missions. Operating within a 120,000 sq.ft, environmentally controlled manufacturing facility, we provide complete in-house manual and computer numerically-controlled (CNC) fabrication services.

Milling

We provide milling capabilities to produce precise, light-weight structures from high performance materials including Beryllium and its alloys, Titanium, Aluminum, Quartz, machineable glass, Inconel, Magnesium and other exotic and conventional materials. Applications for our milling capabilities include:

  • Satellite Components
  • Inertial Navigation Components
  • Optical Benches
  • Infrared Seekers
  • Nuclear Reactors
  • Strategic and Tactical Weapons
Download our Beryllium Milling datasheet [PDF].

Turning

We provide precision capabilities to generate complicated part geometries from high-performance materials including Beryllium and its alloys, Titanium, Aluminum, Inconel, stainless steel forgings and other exotic and conventional materials. Possible applications include:

  • Satellite Components
  • Inertial Navigation Components
  • Mirror Substrates
  • Nuclear Reactors
  • Strategic Missiles
  • Momentum/Reaction Wheels
  • Commercial Scanners
Download our Beryllium Turning datasheet [PDF].

Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)

We provide precision electrical discharge machining (EDM) of high-performance materials including Beryllium and its alloys, Titanium, Aluminum, stainless steel and other thermally conductive materials. Possible applications include:

  • Material Extraction
  • Gas/Air Bearings
  • Heatsinks (Satellites & Aircraft)
  • Optics & Optical Benches
  • Infrared Seeker Components
  • Satellite Sensors
Download our EDM datasheet [PDF].

Lapping & Grinding

General Dynamics provides lapping and grinding capabilities for high performance materials including Beryllium and its alloys, Titanium, Aluminum, Quartz, Sapphire, machineable glass and ceramics. Possible applications include:

  • Inertial Navigation Systems
  • Momentum/Reaction Wheels
  • Rotary and Linear Air Bearings
  • Optics
  • Scientific Experiments
  • Space Instrumentation
Download our Lapping and Grinding datasheet [PDF].

Precision Metal Optics

We design and manufacture custom precision metal optical components and optical assemblies for commercial, defense and space-based applications. We provide end-to-end design, fabrication and testing of beryllium and aluminum optics ranging from single- and multi-faceted scan mirrors to plano and aspheric mirrors to complex telescope assemblies.

Download our Precision Metal Optics datasheet [PDF].

Contact Us

For more information about our beryllium machining solutions, you may contact us by email, phone or fax.

Email: precisionsupport@gd-ms.com
Phone: 256-737-5200
Fax: 256-739-8298

General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies
6717 Alabama Highway 157
Cullman, AL 35057

We are also equipped to machine other exotic and conventional materials, including titanium, aluminum, quartz and glass. Download our datasheet for a complete listing of our Precision Machining In-House Capabilities.

Download our complete listing of Precision Machining In-House Capabilities