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Made in Space Says 3D Printing Will Lead to ‘Real Exploration of Space’

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

5/19/2015

3D printing will lead to the “real exploration of space,” the chief technology officer of Made in Space said today during RAPID 2015 in Long Beach, CA. Full Article

3D's Test Flight



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

5/19/2015

Additive manufacturing in aerospace is starting to take off. While 3D parts have already taken to the skies and beyond, in the form of drones and the initial use of AM technology by NASA in space, one of the most prominent examples is General Electric Co.’s advanced manufacturing facility in Auburn, AL. This year, it is scheduled to start mass 3D production of the complex interiors of fuel nozzles for the company’s next-generation LEAP engine. Full Article

Space Technology “Experiencing a Resurgence”



Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor

5/20/2015

Tom Cwik of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab makes the case in Space Tech conference Keynote Full Article

AERODEF 2015: Getting Aero Performance at Auto Efficiency



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

4/22/2015

In his Keynote Address at AERODEF 2015 in Dallas, Michael Maher, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA, described how the US Dept. of Defense and the auto industry have necessarily had different approaches to light weighting and composites use—but finds common ground.

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KUKA Aerospace Plans for Growth with Michigan Expansion



Press Release - KUKA Systems

4/21/2015

Sterling Heights, MI – KUKA Systems is expanding its facility in Clinton Township, MI, to support the further growth of its aerospace business. Ground-breaking is expected in early May. The project is the third in a series of current investments to expand the R&D, engineering and manufacturing footprint of KUKA’s global aerospace group, based in Michigan. KUKA already has opened a 29,000 sq ft facility in Everett, WA, to support customers on the West Coast. The Everett facility is KUKA Systems’ first US installation outside Michigan. Full Article

Aerospace Automation Stretches Beyond Drilling and Filling



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

4/1/2015

Faced with ballooning order backlogs, aerospace builders and automation suppliers are exploring new ways to automate a broader range of aircraft manufacturing processes. The goal is to deliver higher-volume commercial aircraft like the Boeing 737 and 777 more quickly to customers, but also to improve the consistency and safety of the final product. To pick up the production pace, manufacturers and their suppliers are refining the automation systems used for drilling, filling and fastening operations and finding new opportunities for automation. Full Article

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