A Flight Plan for Next-Gen Manufacturing
Learn more about the materials and processes that will shape next-generation aircraft in a collection of stories from Modern Machine Shop, Additive Manufacturing and CompositesWorld, available to read or download for free.
If the commercial aviation industry effectively doubles in the next 20 years, as projected by the two largest aerospace manufacturing companies in the world, how can aerospace manufacturers and suppliers possibly keep up? The growth prediction, made by both Boeing and Airbus, is that the in-service fleet of passenger and freight aircraft will increase from roughly 21,000 today to more than 40,000 by the year 2037, largely to accommodate the expected surge of international travelers from emerging economies. Meeting that demand will require new technologies and unprecedented manufacturing rates. What does that look like?
The story series included in the Next Generation Aerospace special issue show more than just a snapshot of aerospace manufacturing as it exists today. Instead, these stories reveal technologies, processes and materials that are poised to accelerate aerospace manufacturing throughput and increase scalability for industry suppliers in the coming years.
For example, additive manufacturing is fulfilling its promise in the aerospace industry more than any other, as evidenced by more than 300 additively produced parts that help compose the new GE9X engine. In this story, you’ll learn how GE Aviation has helped create this blueprint for industrialized next-generation aerospace through additive manufacturing. In another story, you’ll learn how small- and mid-sized aerospace suppliers can systemize operations for automated and complex machining processes, rather than hiring new employees among the shrinking supply of skilled manufacturing workers.
Combined, these stories form a navigation tool for next-generation aerospace manufacturing. They also provide clues as to how the commercial aviation industry plans to greet the coming wave of travelers.
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With the commercial aviation industry projected to double in the next 20 years, meeting the demand for passenger and freight aircraft will require new technologies and unprecedented manufacturing rates.
Learn more about the materials and processes that will shape next-generation aircraft in a collection of stories from Modern Machine Shop, Additive Manufacturing and CompositesWorld, available to read or download for free. Get it here.
Though it won’t replace high speed machining, Boeing sees “low speed machining” as a viable supplement to higher-rpm machines. Using new tools and techniques, a shop’s lower-rpm machining centers can realize much more of their potential productivity in milling aluminum aircraft parts.
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