Manufacturing Presentations

The Future of Aerospace Manufacturing – a Global Perspective

Increased competition and global economic pressures are changing the aerospace industry, and The Boeing Company is adapting in order to assure business success and industry leadership. A critically important element of this strategy is assuring Boeing remains on the leading edge of manufacturing innovation. With the rising complexity of the global marketplace, Boeing works with a wide range of partners in industry, government and academia. These investments are guided by three strategic questions, where is the best technology in the world being developed? How can Boeing create relationships that will add further value to its own investments in technology? How can the company strengthen its presence in key global markets?
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The Future of Flight

Legislation, de-regulated competition and environmental challenges are forcing dramatic change in the Global Aerospace market. The approach to design, manufacture and operation of aircraft has begun to be more focused on life cycle perspectives, but Lee suggests how the industry must adopt a total systems approach to integrating technology, education and investment if long term targets are to be met. In isolation we know how innovative technology can drive change, education enable change; long term investment in manufacturing can ensure change. However, future success lies in the effective integration of these factors in the global environment. He illustrates how significant advances can be achieved when they all work together. Lee examines the challenges faced by the pioneers of flight and compares them with those we face today; to consider the lessons we might learn from these early aeronautical professionals.
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6 of the Best

David draws from his wealth of experience in technology development to present a selection of the most disruptive technologies he has used, developed by smaller businesses, which can truly change the face of future manufacturing.
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Large-Scale Automated Aerospace Assembly: Is It Feasible?

Production volumes, part size, and task size are some of the most significant differentiators between aerospace manufacturing and other more highly automated manufacturing industries. Applications in industries with high automation utilization typically entail a large quantity of single-element tasks involving small parts or large product runs, and this high utilization and throughput make financial justification relatively straightforward. The aerospace perspective of cycle time and flow can be much broader in scope looking at how long it takes to complete complex sub-assembly units requiring multiple processing steps. “Large-Scale Automated Aerospace Assembly: Is It Feasible?” explores these issues as well as the culture change required for large-scale adoption of automated assembly methods including a number of proactive tactics that can be employed to improve the “automatability” of aerospace manufacturing looking into the future.
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Additive Versus Subtractive Manufacturing

Peter Zelinski talks about the growing relevance of additive manufacturing to CNC machine shops, mold suppliers and other established users of traditional material-subtraction processes for making parts.
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Additive Manufacturing at GE Aviation

This presentation discusses the promise that GE Aviation sees in making engine components through additive metal manufacturing processes.
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Additive Metals Manufacturing: A Growing Disruptive Technology

The term ‘Additive Manufacturing’ has started to gain broader awareness across multiple industries and the public in general over the course of the past two years. These disruptive technologies are poised to change the way many parts will be designed and manufactured, and in the process, will be responsible for colossal shifts in the competitive landscape for a number of companies. During this presentation, a specific focus on additive metals is be presented, with a review of the current state of the technologies, how it fits with traditional manufacturing and general applications where additive metals is uniquely being applied and leveraged to create competitive advantage in a real commercial environment.
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The Future of Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace

The Boeing Company has been an early user and a large advocate in the implementation of current Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies in Aerospace and other markets. The AM industry is beginning to revolutionize the design and manufacturing thought process, especially with regards to products with low volume rates. Compared to other manufacturing processes, AM are still very young and more work is required to realize its full potential. But, the AM processes and associated material selections are maturing at an unprecedented rate. Not only the United States, but all of the industrial nations are investing in the capability of these technologies. This presentation discusses the history of AM within The Boeing Company and examines where AM needs to go in order to support Boeing’s future plans.
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Plastic Laser Sintering

In this presentation, research activity about preheat-free process and other topics concerning plastic laser sintering at the University of Tokyo is introduced, and the future of plastic laser sintering as part production method will be discussed.
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Emerging Requirements for Metallic Fabrication in Aerospace

Matthew D. Carter, P.E. Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

For the past 20 years aerospace manufacturing has been in transition. We have experienced and embraced lean manufacturing, new alloys and processes. Customer demands now focus on manufacturers, changing what is expected of the supply base. Standard practices and approaches have changed, and are continuing to do so. Suppliers of all types must become holistic. This next transition requires combining new thinking and the restoration of classic solutions. This presentation examines some of these ideas and requirements, opening important questions which await creative solutions. Alloys, machine tools, energy requirements, reliability, consumable tools, risk, transportation, and the use of sustainability metrics will be discussed.
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