About Aerospace Fabrication & Materials

Aerospace Fabrication & Materials, LLC (AFM) is a leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) Blankets and associated passive thermal control parts for aerospace and cryogenic applications. With an average of over 25 years of experience in developing MLI systems, our team is ready to assist you in fulfilling your thermal control needs. We have a wide array of services we provide that can be matched to your project requirements- large to small, engineering intensive to build to print. We work to create win-win partnerships with our clients. Let us guide you through the process of completing your project by contacting us for a quote today.

AFM formed in 1999 with the concept of providing quality Multi-Layer Insulation Blankets to the Aerospace community. The principle members of AFM are knowledgeable in thin film material, having worked in vacuum deposition, laminations, and specialty fabrications prior to forming the company. All told, the founders have over 65 years of work history in the field. Using this knowledge and experience they have forged a unique niche in the market providing customers with solutions to their insulation needs.

Our products do not end with MLI Blankets. Because our core capabilities revolve around sewing, taping, and sealing, we have also developed a variety of other product lines including inflatables, specialty soft goods, acoustic panels, and supporting materials.

Over the past decade and a half, AFM has worked on several big science, optical telescope, and International Space Station projects. We have products orbiting or in-situ on several celestial bodies in the solar system. AFM has steadily grown from a team of three to a force of over seventy. Today, the company continues to grow and add more capabilities through strategic partnerships and close working relationships with our clients. We look forward to assisting you on your next project.

AFM’s staff come from a multitude of diverse backgrounds and engineering disciplines. This allows us to tailor our approach to your situation and provide unique solutions. Our team has an average of 25 years experience in the industry working on products including MLI blankets, micrometeoroid orbital debris (MMOD) shields, inflatables, soft covers, laminates, and tapes.

Aerospace Fabrication is dedicated to the advancement of passive thermal control technology. This dedication to manufacturing products that perform in the harshest of climates drives us to engineer for the extreme.

Our Team

Our team of seasoned managers, engineers, inspectors and fabricators have decades of industry experience with films, foils, and fabrics designing passive thermal control solutions for a vast array of projects. This background and our unparalleled focus on MLI Blanket solutions have led us to become the trusted source for multilayer insulation.

The Engineering team at AFM is experienced in completing projects that require material selection, blanket test, design, and development, manufacturing, and installation. We practice concurrent engineering. Each project presents unique fabrication requirements. Our extensive background working with thin films, foils, and fabrics along with a variety of fabrication techniques allows us to tailor our designs and products to your needs while we work in tandem with your engineers to ensure seamless project completion.

Part design is completed through on-site fit checks, mold fabrication, and actual part tailoring. We can assist you in the development of templates and molds that may be used to aid in the design, assembly, verification phases of your product. Molds can be manufactured based on drawings or CAD files. We can service IGES, DWG, DXF, and STP formats. We work in AutoCAD, Solidworks, and CREO. With our design-to-fit background, we can provide customized production planning for each part.

Our engineering staff is available to support on-site design, formal reviews, or other efforts as required. Aerospace Fabrication technicians and engineers have templated, manufactured, fit-checked, and installed MLI blankets and thermal control products on a wide variety of spacecraft and cryogenic structures.

Aerospace Fabrication & Materials Quality

AFM takes quality seriously implementing a quality system that is integrated into all aspects of blanket design, manufacture, testing, handling, packaging, and delivery. We engineer and test our products to meet our client needs, including the extreme needs of the environments in which our products operate. We have very strict inspection criteria that must be met before any of our materials, covers, or blankets are deemed complete and shipped to our clients. In addition to our own strict inspection guidelines, we have also been audited by outside clients like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Harris Corporation and Raytheon.

 

Quality is at the heart of our organization, and has been a major factor throughout the creation and founding of the company. AFM was built from the ground up around ISO and AS standards. We have been certified to meet the rigid requirements of ISO9001: 2008 and AS9100C since the founding of the company. Our registration number is #C2015-02185.

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