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.
Life cycle considerations are becoming increasingly important due to the need to consider sustainability – economy, quality and environment – in industry. But where a machine supplier or a material provider would traditionally conduct this type of analysis on their own, we wanted to develop a new approach clustering the different protagonists involved in the life cycle of one product in order to produce a single combined study.
With this study we would like to present a new form of cooperation – a so called “Life Cycle cooperation”.
How to overcome the challenge of Cost-effective production of optimized retaining brackets for the connection of components in telecommunication satellites?
- Faster production of thermally highly stressed components by using Additive Manufacturing technology for metal parts offered by EOS.
How to overcome the challenge of Production of an injection head for rocket engines with as few components as possible and lower unit costs?
Understand by - Ariane 6 propulsion module: Simplified by additive manufacturing.
Take a look at this presentation from the 2017 event from Dr Carl Hauser, TWI
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.
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.