Ascent Aerospace

1395 S Lyon St
Santa Ana,  CA  92705-4608

United States
949-455-0665
  • Booth: 624

As a single-source provider across the entire value chain of capital equipment for airframers – the tooling, automation, controls and integration – Ascent Aerospace maximizes OEE and line productivity.

We integrate solutions for challenging aerostructure assembly requirements, from wing components to fuselage structures to final assembly lines. Our integration successes include 15 Final Assembly Lines, 10 Pre-FALs, five wing lines, and a rocket fuel tank assembly station.

We’ve installed more than 2200 automated drilling and fastening systems – more than our competitors combined.

We make tools to assemble aerostructures of every type. We can design for manual or intelligent operation and manufacture the complete supporting tooling string: work platforms, transport and lifting fixtures, panel rotation, etc.

Ascent produces the full suite of composite tooling, including layup molds, mandrels, bond tools, and trim and drill fixtures, including the largest Invar molds ever for aerospace. 


 Press Releases

  • Santa Ana, CA – Ascent Aerospace, the premier provider of layup tooling for composite aerostructures, introduces HyVarC®, a patent-pending Hybrid InVar and Composite mold. HyVarC layup tooling offers a cost-effective, light weight, short lead time solution for prototype and development applications.

    Sample HyVarC tools will be on display at Ascent’s stand at JEC World 2018 in Paris, booth R86 in Hall 5; at AeroDef Manufacturing in Long Beach, California, March 27-28, booth 624; and at SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, California, May 21-24.

    HyVarC combines a thin Invar backup structure and facesheet with a bonded, high-temperature composite working surface. The resulting tool is 50% lighter with a 20% shorter lead-time than a traditional Invar layup mold, while maintaining the same superior vacuum integrity and dimensional precision. The hybrid mold capitalizes on the desirable performance characteristics of Invar and composites to offer an ideal layup mold for prototype aerospace parts.

    >20% shorter lead-time

    At half the thickness of a traditional Invar mold, the thin Invar backup structure takes less time to weld and manufacture. It serves as both the master mold and the deliverable mold, eliminating the time and cost of creating a second composite backup structure. Lead times are reduced by at least 20%, compared to an all-Invar or all-composite tool.

    50% lighter than an all-Invar mold

    Thin Invar, and the resulting lighter weight, is easier to handle when transporting the tool within the facility. It has thermal mass benefits, for faster autoclave cycles each time the customer is curing a part. And as Invar is a commodity by weight, raw material savings can be passed along to the customer.

    Superior leak performance and dimensional precision

    The machined composite working surface offers better dimensional accuracy than net-mold composite tooling, while the Invar structure provides vacuum integrity and durability. A part fabricated on a HyVarC mold is bagged to the Invar facesheet, which provides vacuum reliability that is independent of the composite surface and does not degrade with age or thermal cycling.

    Easily reconfigurable surface

    The composite working surface is easily re-machined to support modifications for rapid prototyping and R&D applications. A damaged surface can be repaired with material add (layup) and subtract (re-machine) operations. The base mold can be reused by burning off the composite working surface and laying up an entirely new surface.

    Learn more about HyVarC Hybrid InVar-Composite layup tooling for aerospace prototype and development applications online at http://ascentaerospace.com/hyvarc-hybrid-invarcomposite-layup-molds, or write to info@ascentaerospace.com.


 Products

  • Invar-Composite Molds Reduce Weight, Lead Time
    HyVarC combines a thin Invar backup structure and facesheet with a bonded, high-temperature composite working surface. The resulting tool is 50% lighter with a 20% shorter lead-time than a traditional Invar layup mold....

  • HyVarC layup tooling offers a cost-effective, light weight, short lead time solution for prototype and development applications. Visit Ascent at stand 624 to see a HyVarC mold, or hear Product Manager, Sean Henson, discuss rigorous testing of this innovation in the technical sessions on Tuesday at 11:30am. 

    >20% shorter lead-time

    At half the thickness of a traditional Invar mold, the thin Invar backup structure takes less time to weld and manufacture. It serves as both the master mold and the deliverable mold, eliminating the time and cost of creating a second composite backup structure. Lead times are reduced by at least 20%, compared to an all-Invar or all-composite tool.

    50% lighter than an all-Invar mold

    Thin Invar, and the resulting lighter weight, is easier to handle when transporting the tool within the facility. It has thermal mass benefits, for faster autoclave cycles each time the customer is curing a part. And as Invar is a commodity by weight, raw material savings can be passed along to the customer.

    Superior leak performance and dimensional precision

    The machined composite working surface offers better dimensional accuracy than net-mold composite tooling, while the Invar structure provides vacuum integrity and durability. A part fabricated on a HyVarC mold is bagged to the Invar facesheet, which provides vacuum reliability that is independent of the composite surface and does not degrade with age or thermal cycling.

    Easily reconfigurable surface

    The composite working surface is easily re-machined to support modifications for rapid prototyping and R&D applications. A damaged surface can be repaired with material add (layup) and subtract (re-machine) operations. The base mold can be reused by burning off the composite working surface and laying up an entirely new surface.