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.