As an innovative leader in the design and manufacture of precision sheet metal fabrications, one of our customers in the aviation industry approached us at Fabco Manufacturing for a solution to transforming underutilized space on an aircraft into a lightweight and functional luggage compartment.

We deployed a team to examine the aircraft and make precise measurements of the available space. Armed with the dimensional constraints, our engineers created a CAD model and performed a design-for-manufacturability assessment to optimize material usage and streamline the fabrication process. For material of construction, we chose 0.050” thick 2024-T3 aluminum for its high strength to weight ratio and good fatigue resistance. After validation of form, fit, and function, primary operations involved shearing, laser cutting, forming, and grinding the component parts. We then assembled, inspected, and packaged the compartments for shipment to the customer.

As a popular aftermarket addition to Beechcraft and Grumman Aircraft, its patent-pending design makes installation simple and requires less than one day to complete. Featuring dimensions of 24” in width x 36” in depth x 30” in height, it provides desirable increased storage space on these aircraft. We continue to produce these luggage compartments at a rate of 50 units per year and provide warehousing and order fulfillment services to the customer on an ongoing basis.

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SmartSpace Baggage Conversion Project Highlights

Project NameSmartSpace Baggage Conversion
Project DescriptionAftermarket luggage compartment for Beechcraft and Grumman Aircraft
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Primary Services:
Designing (CAD)
Laser Cutting
Warehousing, KanBan and Order Fulfillment
Overall Part Dimensions Width: 24”
Depth: 36”
Material Used 0.050” Thick 2024-T3 Aluminum
Material Finish Clad Finish
Additional FactsPatent-pending design makes installation simple, typically
requiring one day to complete
Research/PlanningeField Dimensions of Aircraft for design, form fit and function
In process testing/inspection performed First Article Inspection, Visual Inspection
Industry for UseAviation
Volume50 units per year
Delivery/Turnaround Time4 weeks
Delivery LocationWorldWide
Standards MetCustomer Specifications, FAA STC Certificate
Software UsedSolidWorks, FabriWIN
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