· Mitigating risk through innovative approaches to manufacturing
· Demonstrating equivalence and reliability compared to COTS products in order to meet requirements
· Areas for further development in order to optimise aerospace and space component design
· Industrialisation and qualification of SLM® technology for aerospace applications
· Multi-laser technology increases productivity to meet customer requirements
· Patented gas flow ensures homogenous mechanical properties of high-quality parts
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) promises to open up new possibilities for our cities and be the next big transportation revolution.
To achieve this materials will be at the heart of ensuring UAM solutions are efficient and low emission and capable of rapidly moving within urban centres.
Discussion will include:
· Areas where AM can offer dramatic performance increases for Urban Air Mobility
· Challenges faced by electric flight relevant to the AM sector
· eVTOLs and manufacturing critical components with Additive Manufacturing
· Modern opportunities of electric aviation as a solution to ‘middle mile’ challenges
· Consequences for design, components and materials
· Collaboration with AM companies and the rest of the aerospace industry in order to drive progress
Materials and processes used to produce critical components for defence, space and aerospace applications must be formally qualified. While qualification procedures vary between applications or industries, the goal of qualification is to collect sufficient data to demonstrate that a part will function as expected. Part qualification for AM relies on methodologies that can be hard to scale, The process is expensive and often duplicated by competitors across the industry.
Discussion will include:
· How attainable is an industry wide agreement on qualification and certification?
· What does it take to qualify and certify a part?
· Is AM holding itself to impossibly high standards?
· Effects of defects; can designs be altered to expand allowable defects?
· How can standards help the space and aerospace industry go faster
· ICME and how to mature the simulation process so it can be used to help certify parts
· Key technology areas that BAE systems are focused on
· Proposed roadmap for adopting new processes and technologies
· The role of the AM industry in helping to realise this vision for aerospace manufacturing
· Pipistrel developments in electric aviation and Urban Air Mobility
· Commitments to efficiency and emission-free travel
· Working with the AM supply chain to develop innovative solutions to aerospace challenges
· Current Auburn University funding and research projects
· Variability of part performance as a priority for research into commercial AM applications
· Impact of microscopic features on the overall fatigue and fracture properties of components
· MTC’s mission to de-risk AM processes and equipment for the UK aerospace sector
· Leveraging Digital Twin and Digital Chain technologies
· Encouraging wider cooperation within the global AM supply chain