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Aerospace and defense manufacturing is going through a lot of change and innovation. The good news is that digital technology has grown up and is ready to adapt to the new environment.
Fremont, CA: The aerospace and defense manufacturing industry is known for risk mitigation and delayed transformation. Many manufacturers have decided to continue with "tried and true" production processes and technology since quality, safety, and regulatory compliance are so important. This is beginning to change. Digital technologies have progressed and have become far more dependable. The cloud is increasing in popularity. Modernization and globalization initiatives are gaining traction, compelling even the largest and most obstinate Aerospace & Defense companies to modernize.
Here are the trends changing the aerospace and defense industry for the better:
The A&D value chain has grown rather complicated. As a result, many organizations are investing across the board in modernization to optimize their processes for optimum flexibility. These include anything from the process and product design to growing digital technology use before, during, and after manufacturing. Companies are replacing and enhancing old designs in order to produce new components in a shorter amount of time. Because of the new playing field, many businesses can no longer afford to be held behind by paper-based production or manual processes.
The next phase in cutting-edge A&D innovation is smart materials. Demand for smart materials will be driven mostly by the aerospace and defense sectors. The global Smart Materials market is expected to reach USD 98.2 billion by 2025. Electronic sensors, actuators, self-healing fuselages, and other applications are practically endless. Smart materials are resistant to the conditions that kill electric motors; thus, they will improve the durability of modern airplanes as well.
3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, has been around for a while, but its impact is just now beginning to be seen. Today, this type of manufacturing technique can produce unique parts almost anywhere, with designs that are stronger and lighter while using fewer resources. It's no surprise that the industry has embraced this idea. 3D printing has the ability to reduce production time and improve precision drastically. Some companies are attempting to take it a step further by using additive printing to compress the design and manufacturing processes.