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Safran Nacelles’ Engine Exhaust System Takes Flight on First Boeing 777X

January 27, 2020
The maiden flight on January 25 of Boeing’s 777X jetliner marked a new milestone for Safran Nacelles’ development and production of the largest jet engine exhaust system of its type ever manufactured for a civil aircraft, according to the company.
By Safran Nacelles Press Release
Boeing 737

Boeing Starts New Year With a New CEO Trying to Solve Big Problems

January 3, 2020
Boeing Co. is looking for a new start with a new CEO trying to resolve big problems.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Boeing 737

Boeing Throws Up the White Flag on 737 Max

December 17, 2019
Boeing Co., which had wanted to return the 737 Max to service this month, threw up the surrender flag on Dec. 16. The company said it will suspend 737 Max production in January.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media

Workforce Helps Aerospace Take Flight in N.C.

December 6, 2019
Thanks to millions in investment and new tailored workforce training for Gen Z and above, aerospace manufacturing is reaching new heights in Guilford County, N.C. Home to 200 aerospace companies and 400 suppliers, North Carolina has the second-fastest growing aerospace business cluster in the country.
By Loren Hill President, High Point Economic Development Corp.
By Brent Christensen President and CEO, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

MTU Aero Automates Turbine Blade Production

December 6, 2019
Today’s aircraft propulsion systems are wonders of technology. Aircraft industry suppliers are modernizing production technology to meet the challenge of rapidly growing demand for global air travel.
By MTU Aero Engines & Liebherr Gear Technology

Airbus Uses Biomimicry to Boost Aircraft Environmental Performance

November 22, 2019
Airbus has unveiled fello’fly, its latest demonstrator project inspired by biomimicry, the design and production of materials, structures and systems inspired by nature.
By Airbus Press Release
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  • Larry Marchand
    Expert Opinion

    The Future Flight Path of Aerospace Technology

    October 1, 2019
    In today’s aerospace industry, manufacturers often feel bound to operate a certain way because it’s a tried-and-true, validated process or because the physics of aerospace dictate certain limitations on materials, systems and designs.
    By Larry Marchand - Vice President, Sales Profile Division, United Grinding North America Inc.
  • Filament winding on 3D-printed washout tooling from ExOne.
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    3D Printing Delivers New, Easy-to-Use Washout Tooling for Composites

    September 13, 2019
    With today’s focus on lightweighting, hollow parts made from composite materials, such as ducting, fuel tanks, mandrels, and rocket shrouds, are in higher demand than ever before. The composite ducting market in the aerospace and defense sector alone is expected to reach $864.7 million by 2024, according to a recent report from Stratview Research.
    By Rick Lucas - Chief Technology Officer, The ExOne Company
  • Making Metal Additive Manufacturing Faster
    Expert Opinion

    Making Metal Additive Manufacturing Faster

    September 12, 2019
    The aerospace and defense industry is leading the way in an exciting shift and step in the industrialization of additive manufacturing (AM) technology. The industry leaders historically responsible for driving the use and adoption of AM continue to make large investments in facilities, machines, technology and workforce to support their implementation strategies.
    By Aaron LaLonde - Director of Applications Engineering, SLM Solutions NA

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