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Boeing and Airbus forecast a worldwide demand for up to 40,000 new aircraft over the next two decades. With a 10-year production backlog and new aircrafts increasingly counting on lightweight composites, manufacturing companies are developing advanced sandwich-structure composite solutions to fill the production gap.
As Lockheed Martin Aeronautics ramps up production of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter program, it is also looking to improve manufacturing efficiency. To address that goal, the company recently deployed Ubisense SmartSpace at its Fort Worth, TX, facility. SmartSpace is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution for quantifying and measuring real-world processes involving moving assets.
SmartSpace provides a foundation platform for manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 strategy. The platform creates a real-time digital twin of the production environment, and connects activities in the real world to manufacturing execution and planning systems. It monitors spatial interactions in three dimensions in real time and uses the spatial events to control processes and make the environment react to worker movements.
NC-based CRP USA's latest and most innovative project, TuPOD, is a completely 3D-printed satellite. It was the first to be launched from the International Space Station (ISS)—from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Japanese Experimentation Module (JEM)—and sets the stage for a new era of small, reliable, additively manufactured satellites.
Indaero, recently invested in a StratasysFortus 450mc Production 3D Printer to complement its existing manufacturing services. The company manufactures aircraft panels for customers such as Airbus and its suppliers. Specifically, the Stratasys 3D printer acquisition has enabled Indaero to offer lightweight, complex tooling that it was previously unable to produce with traditional manufacturing methods.