This series of monthly online webinars produced by the SME Technical Community and AeroDef Manufacturing covers a variety of aerospace manufacturing topics. These monthly sessions will lead the way to AeroDef Manufacturing 2023. Check out past session webinar recordings below.
August 25, 2022
The New Frontier in Inspection-Surface Intelligence
Manufacturers today struggle with intermittent failures around cleaning, coating, welding and bonding operations. These challenges lead to issues with supply chain robustness, warranty risks, damage to brand image, dissatisfied customers, and frustrated employees.
September 23, 2021
Ceramic Matrix Composites Taking Flight at GE Aviation
GE Aviation has been at the forefront of developing advanced materials for turbine applications, including the recent certification of Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC’s) on the LEAP engine. Key aspects of CMC technology maturation and industrialization at GE Aviation will be discussed.
August 19, 2021
Next Generation Additive Manufacturing
This webinar will address the next generation of AM with a focus on high temperature metal materials used in aircraft, designing for multi-process hybrid applications, selective cooling of electronics using 3D printed cold plates and continuous fiber/thermoset composite materials.
July 22, 2021
Multi-Functional and Smart Aerospace Coatings
This webinar will discuss aerospace coatings, selection and applications. Detection, responsiveness and self-repair properties of smart coatings potentially reduce costly malfunctions by enhancing both functionality and durability; therefore, extending the service life of final product.
June 17, 2021
Developing and Managing “Connected Assets” through IIoT
This webinar will discuss the connected technologies used to monitor real-time knowledge including the health and availability of all IIoT assets. Experts will provide an understanding about how capturing data and utilizing information will drive actions that keep assets running at optimal utilization, as well as minimizing the failures and unexpected down time.
May 20, 2021
How is the Department of Defense Utilizing Cold Spray Technology?
Various organizations within the Department of Defense (DoD), its contractors, and research partners have been developing and implementing cold spray technology for nearly two decades. The technology improves operational readiness, sustainment and maintenance costs. Additionally, it is being evaluated for aerospace use and building new parts from scratch. Although cold spray technology is sufficiently advanced, it is in the early stages of implementation. Join this panel session to gain a better understanding of the ongoing and planned DoD cold spray programs and how the DoD intends to broaden cold spray applications and benefits.
April 22, 2021
Unlocking the Digital Factory: Accelerating Use Cases of IoT for AeroDef Manufacturers
Organizations are now realizing that data needs to be used constructively and appropriately enterprise-wide– even by non-technical end-users – to make informed decisions quickly and uncover opportunities for the business to improve. We have on our hands a whole new arsenal of tools to drive the shop floor with. This session is designed for the manufacturer who is tired of inaction and is ready to start leveraging or accelerate their usage of these tools to make an impact on their bottom line right today and into the future.
March 18, 2021
New and Emerging High Performance Polymer Additive Manufacturing Materials and Processes
This webinar will look at new, emerging and established additive manufacturing methods of polymers for aerospace applications, ranging from laser sintering for mechanical applications to photopolymer printing applications for RF devices. We will delve into the benefits and challenges, history and applications, with an unfiltered discussion by end users and providers.
February 18, 2021
Dream Chaser® Spaceship’s Development and Ultimately Space Exploration Enabled by Advanced Composites
In this webinar, the Dream Chaser Cargo System’s capability will be highlighted. In addition, the use of advanced composites will be discussed as an enabling technology for spaceship development and ultimately space exploration.
January 21, 2021
Thermoplastics Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Applications
Thermoplastic materials have many desirable attributes for aerospace applications such as: Superior out of plane properties, impact resistance, rapid melt processing, and unlimited out time.
November 19, 2020
Continuous Innovation & Development of the F-35 Program
Hear Dr. Don Kinard, Senior Fellow in Production Operations at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics discuss the progress of the ongoing ramp-up to the rate production, the continuous improvements in affordability and leveraging the digital transformation throughout the program.
October 22, 2020
Next Generation Automation for Aerospace Composites
This panel explores the possibilities in automation that can provide solutions to the aerospace industrial base.
September 17, 2020
Next Wave in Aerospace Manufacturing
The AeroDef Virtual Career Development Forum Panel shares their career journey and experiences in this interactive event designed to enhance career development and grow future generations of leaders in the aerospace and defense manufacturing community.
August 20, 2020
Pushing the Envelope on Large Bonded Structures – with the Composites Awards Special Presentation
Industry experts from the major defense OEMs, and critical suppliers discuss the challenges and opportunities associated large, integrated, bonded, composite structures into a full-rate, production environment. Challenges associated with certification, assembly, inspection, and process control are also discussed.
July 16, 2020
Industry 4.0 for Aerospace Manufacturing in 2020: Impact, Challenges and Best Practices
This expert panel explores how the 4th industrial revolution is currently applied to and impacts aerospace manufacturing, at all levels of the supply chain. This session includes discussion of the business problems already addressed today with these new capabilities, the outcomes achieved, the challenges in user adoption, best practices and lessons learned.