11 July 2018
Additive manufacturing — a hot topic for the past several years — is transforming processes and business models for aerospace manufacturers, a panel of experts said July 11 during the “Additive Manufacturing” session at the 2018 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Cincinnati. Christine Furstoss, vice president of engineering and technology at GE Additive, shared one example. “Additive can disrupt the chain of many different parts having to be kitted, because now we can print them as just one part,” she explained. “If you have less parts, if those parts can be better integrated, if we can design out some parts that may have limited life because of joints or failure, we can redesign our business model.” (Image: Colin Parris, vice president for software research, GE Global Research, delivers remarks on "Digital Transformation in Aviation Services," July 11 at the 2018 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Cincinnati. AIAA–©)
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