3D printing – the additive fabrication of objects by depositing and patterning successive layers of material – has been touted as an enabling platform for applications ranging from lighter, more efficient aircraft and advanced prosthetics to homemade firearms and lab-grown organs. Anthony Vicari, Research Associate at Lux Research, provides this brief report on performance improvements in this space and why additional research and development is needed for these processes to reach commercial maturity.
In this interview Tim Haidar from Defence IQ catches up with Alan Cox R&D Manager, Airbus
Additive Manufacturing has been in place in one form or another for the past three decades and is increasingly becoming a part of the literal fabric of many of the world's core industries. In this interview, we look at the space industry in particular and the benefits that additive manufacturing can have in this sector and potentially the wider manufacturing fold.
Last year Robert Ghobrial, LM Technical Fellow – Production Operations Rotary & Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin gave a presentation on the applications of additive manufacturing in military simulators & trainers.
The use of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Space industry is still young but is already hailed as the Third Industrial Revolution. Companies are only just learning to achieve economic returns, through the flexibility and the design benefits it provides. In this free exclusive infographic, discover the view of more than 150 experts on the processes they use, what challenges they encounter and where they see future investments.
Is large-scale integration of Additive Manufacturing ever possible in the Aerospace & Space sector? It could hold the key for companies to manufacture on an industrial level at a cheaper cost and with more flexibility but it has yet to become the primary technology for manufacturing purposes.
Ahead of the annual Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Space conference, Defence IQ sat down with Kelly Moran, Metallic Materials and Processes Leader at Boeing Research & Technology Europe and Chairperson at the conference, to understand what practical and cultural challenges are currently hindering this technology from becoming the norm and the practicality of making large-scale integration of additive manufacturing a reality.