The aerospace and defense industry was one of the first to adopt additive technology – thanks to the many applications of AM, the sector become one of the market’s biggest player, contributing $3.58bn in 2020.
Digitalization in the aviation industry isn’t a new concept. Aviation companies started their digital transformation journeys years ago. Some of these plans were disrupted due to the pandemic’s catastrophic impact on the industry.
The Defense Department needs innovation now — and too often the best new technology from America’s small business innovators dies before it can become a program of record for the military, said the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.