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Aerospace & Defense

SME is addressing a broad array of business improvement practices and advanced technologies in aerospace and defense such as lean, test and measurement, composites, high-speed machining, rapid prototyping and alternative cutting technologies, which have an impact on engine, airframe, rotary wing, naval, space, land-based systems, avionics, defense electronics and materials manufacturing. Through its dynamic events, this website and the pages of SME's annual industry yearbook, Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing, we will keep you informed about manufacturing in this a $170-billion-dollar industry.

Get the Latest Aerospace & Defense News and InformationGet the Latest Aerospace & Defense News and Information

AeroDef Manufacturing provides the latest top news on innovations, technologies, management practices and trends throughout the aerospace and defense supply chain.

Competition Launched for Three New Manufacturing Innovation InstitutesCompetition Launched for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

The Department of Defense will lead two of the new institutes, focused on “Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation” and “Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing,” and the Department of Energy will be leading one new institute on “Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing.”

MTConnect ChallengeMTConnect Challenge

Submit your ideas that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs.


October 27-29, 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina


September 15-17, 2015
Los Angeles, California

RAPID 2015RAPID 2015

May 18-21, 2015
Long Beach, California

AeroDef Manufacturing 2015AeroDef Manufacturing 2015

April 20-23, 2015
Exhibits April 21-22
Dallas, Texas