Overcoming the challenges of large-scale 3D production of aircraft parts: Insights from EOS on producing Airbus A350 latch shafts
This exclusive interview with Vinu Vijayan, Global Business Development Manager – Aerospace, EOS and speaker at Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Space, explores the challenges of supporting Airbus in achieving mass 3D production of latch shafts for A350 and managing the parts’ certification across the supply chain.
The Additive Manufacturing National Strategy, published last September by the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy Steering Group, stated that the UK was advanced in additive manufacturing research, design and manufacturing expertise, but many UK companies were failing to apply the technology as a core part of their processes. Ahead of the sixth Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Space conference, we gained exclusive insight from Paul Unwin, Chairman of the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy Steering Group and speaker at the event. In this Q&A, he discusses the goals of the strategy, the benefits AM technology can bring to UK industry and the risks of failing to embrace it for the uncertain future of the UK manufacturing market under Brexit.
Thanks to additive manufacturing, small companies are now able to manufacture rocket engines outside traditional methods at a lower cost. The start-up Launcher, founded in 2017 builds 3D printed engines that will one day launch small payloads into space faster and cheaper, making space more affordable.
Ahead of the fifth annual Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Space forum, Defence IQ discussed with Max Haot, Founder and CEO of Launcher and speaker at the event. In this transcript of the discussion, learn more about:
- Launcher’s goal and challenges associated with manufacturing 3D printed rocket engines
- Their partnerships with EOS
- How Max sees the potential that additive manufacturing holds for the space sector, now and in the future
Additive Manufacturing could be the key factor in conducting affordable and sustainable missions, reducing costs and improving the crew's safety by manufacturing much-needed broken parts without necessitating a resupply mission. How far are we from conducting deep-space exploration missions?
Defence IQ had the opportunity to discuss with Raymond 'Corky' Clinton, Associate Director of the Science & Technology Office in the Marshall Space Flight Centre, NASA and speaker at the 4th annual Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Space conference, on the current application of additive manufacturing at NASA and what future plans NASA has to make deep-space exploration a safe and cost-effective reality.
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.