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Dr. James P. Nokes (Principal Director, Space Materials Lab, The Aerospace Corporation)
Location: Room 3
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 10:45am - 11:15am
Pass Type: Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!
Conference Track: Smart Manufacturing
Vault Recording: TBD
The potential benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies as part of the digital thread in advanced manufacturing are well established. These benefits have fueled an explosive growth in AM as a primary manufacturing tool, not only for prototypes. The widespread adoption of AM has forced the space industry to examine the impact of these technologies on mission assurance requirements for high reliability applications (launch vehicles, spacecraft). While the potential benefits are intriguing (cost, efficiency, performance), this is a technology in flux, with new participants, industry consolidation, and extensive hype in the popular literature. This presentation will outline work done at The Aerospace Corporation to examine the relevant physics related to specific AM processes (metallic and polymer), development of best practices in the industry and highlight ongoing challenges in the Aerospace industry.