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Additive Assumes Leading Role in Aerospace Manufacturing

April 6, 2020
Additive manufacturing has made an outsized impact on aerospace manufacturing in a short amount of time. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering, talks with Sean Henson, Global Product Manager, Composites & Additive Manufacturing for Ascent Aerospace, about the growing role of additive in the industry; the investments Ascent has made in AM in recent years; the kinds of tooling Ascent provides customers through its large-scale LSAM printer, and design considerations for manufacturers when they use large-format AM.
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Navigating New Automation Strategies in Aerospace Manufacturing

March 30, 2020
The use of automation is growing rapidly in aerospace manufacturing and many companies are looking for help navigating this new reality. In this episode, Alan Rooks, editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Randy Woolridge, global product manager, automation & integration for Ascent Aerospace, about the services Ascent provides customers in aerospace manufacturing and integration; the investments Ascent has made in manufacturing and assembly technology over the last few years; and the growth in the aerospace manufacturing industry and Ascent’s vision to keep pace with the industry.
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

Integrating Measurement and Inspection in Aerospace Manufacturing

March 27, 2020
One of the key challenges in aerospace manufacturing is how to measure and inspect the complex and demanding parts used in aerospace applications. In this episode, Alan Rooks, editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering, talks with Mark O’Connell, applications engineer for ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions, about the challenges aerospace components like airfoils pose for industrial metrology; how to integrate measurement and inspection into aerospace production lines; and how this type of equipment differs from solutions available 5-10 years ago.
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
VoltAero flight testing its new Cassio e-aircraft with a smart electric motor from Safran Electrical & Power.

VoltAero’s Cassio Aircraft Flight Testing Underway with Safran’s ENGINeUSTM Electric Motors

March 18, 2020
VoltAero has begun flight testing of its new family of Cassio e-aircraft using Safran Electrical & Power’s ENGINeUSTM smart electric motors.
By VoltAero Press Release
Manufacturing in the Middle of COVID-19 Pandemic

Manufacturing in the Middle of COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18, 2020
Manufacturing has been in the middle of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from the start. The impact is expanding as the virus spreads.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
SME's AeroDef Manufacturing 2020 to Take on Rapid Growth, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity

SME's AeroDef Manufacturing 2020 to Take on Rapid Growth, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity

March 5, 2020
The AeroDef Manufacturing 2020 conference and exhibition, produced by SME, will bring together the aerospace and defense industry's brightest, most strategic minds March 16-19 in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss crucial industry volume production issues, transformative manufacturing processes and critical cybersecurity issues.
By SME Press Release
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