AS 9100D / ISO9001:2015 Certified

R&D Machine

Precision parts maintaining tight tolerances using certified methods, materials and processes.

R&D Machine


R&D Machine specializes in CNC machining of precision metal components for aerospace, defense, and space applications. Most of our parts have complicated geometries, are made of aluminum, and will be used above the Earth’s surface, in either our atmosphere or in outer space.

We have extensive 5-axis milling capabilities along with state-of-the-art Zeiss coordinate measuring machines (CMM). Using computer models of the customer parts, we expertly program both the cutting tool paths needed to machine these components and the CMM’s to automatically measure every dimension.

R&D Machine has had three owners since its founding in 1992. The second set of owners were Carl and Hilary Whitley, who purchased the company in 1999 and significantly grew the company for more than two decades. The Whitleys are well known throughout the A&D community and are largely responsible for the development of the company’s customer base populated by highly respected blue-chip companies.

In April 2022, Compass Precision acquired R&D Machine from Carl and Hilary Whitley as its sixth operating company, all focused on manufacturing precision, mission-critical components for demanding applications. Compass operating companies specialize in high mix, lower volume requirements, usually involving difficult to machine shapes and/or materials.

Innovative Solutions

Our trained engineers, programmers and machinists pore over your plans and insert our combined years of experience into the process.

Quality Services

At R&D Machine our Quality Lab is staffed with only seasoned, trained experts, working in an environment of professional procedures.

Planning & Strategy

All during the process of planning and production, our team works together with our stringent production process to assure success.
Northrop Grumman
Lockheed Martin
General Dynamics

 DQS-UL Registered – ANAB Accredited

AS9100D / ISO 9001 : 2015 Certified

Our commitment to providing a world class level of quality goes deeper than what you can see. Providing quality parts, on time, is built into our entire process.

Unparalleled Quality

R&D Machine began business in 1992 by focusing on providing prototype and short run precision machined parts to customer specifications.

With customers like NASA, we achieve a level of quality that is truly out of this world!

Orion 3

Are you ready to get started on your next project?

R&D Machine, LLC

130 Scarlet Blvd
Oldsmar, FL 34677


(813) 891-9109


R&D Machine and Engineering, LLC

A Compass Precision Company