Moderator: Eric Barnes, Additive Manufacturing Fellow, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Laser Sintering of Polymers
Moderator: Steve Parsons, Fellow, Manufacturing Technology, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
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. These materials were studied for many applications the 1980’s, but never quite took hold in production, primarily due to the high production cost of autoclave processing these materials compared to thermoset composites.
Today, thermoplastics are making a strong comeback for a wide variety of airframe applications, as manufacturing process technology has advanced to allow options to economically fabric.
Moderator: Nick Melillo (AeroDef Executive Committee Member), Technical Director, Composites Manufacturing Technology Center, Advanced Technology International.
Hear from the Next Wave of Leaders in Aerospace Manufacturing
The AeroDef Virtual Career Development Forum is being held for college and university students, faculty members and early careerists (emerging professionals). The AeroDef Virtual Career Development Forum Panel will share their career journey and experiences. It is an interactive event designed to enhance career development and grow future generations of leaders in the aerospace and defense manufacturing community.
Moderator: Dan Braley, Associate Technical Fellow – Additive Manufacturing Technical Focal & Initiatives Lead, Boeing Global Services
Industry experts from the major defense OEMs, and critical suppliers will be discussing 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 will be discussed.
We will start the presentation awarding the 2020 Jud Hall winner along with the Large Company and Small Company Composite Awards.
Moderator: Douglas Decker, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
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.
The application of Industry 4.0 technologies and concepts in Aerospace manufacturing has taken off in numerous directions, as the industry’s leading OEMs and suppliers seek to leverage the massive range of opportunities it presents.
New technologies are emerging just as the industry is challenged to take its production lines to the next level and meet the forecasted growth in demand, increasing complexity and potential shift in business models. This is driven by the abundance of new data and means to collect it in real time, coupled with Artificial Intelligence capabilities that utilize this data to maximize its business impact – whether disruptive or evolutionary in nature.
This expert panel will seek to explore how the 4th industrial revolution is currently applied to and impacts aerospace manufacturing, at all levels of the supply chain. This session will include 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.
Moderator: Avner Ben-Bassat, President & CEO, Plataine Inc.
It is estimated by both Boeing and Airbus that around 40,000 commercial aircraft will be required over the next twenty years. In addition, the US military researching concepts of swarms of unmanned systems (UAVs) with limited life (or even disposable) and very low cost. Finally, the Air Taxi concept is no longer a 40 year old dream of a flying car. A state change must happen if the aerospace industry is to achieve production rates for these future aircraft. Automation of composites is going to be a major component to enable this next generation of aircraft. This panel will explore the possibilities in automation that can provide solutions to the aerospace industrial base.
Moderator: John D. Russell, DSc, Chief Engineer, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory