The Next Big Technologies Predicted In Aerospace Production
Aerospace and aviation have always presented manufacturing environments that harness the very best in technological development and innovative materials. As new ideas and science develop, the industry faces a rapid change that offers some of the most inspiring technology stories you’ll come across despite their challenging nature. This week, we’re looking at 3 of the biggest upcoming technologies that are set to make waves in future aerospace production.
3D Digital Printing
Not a completely new technology, but for those unfamiliar with digital printing it is the process of creating physical objects based on a 3D CAD design – without manual assembly. The finished article is printed whole using a specialist 3D printer and is being hailed as the next big way to reduce costs, increase production speeds and accelerate the introduction of next-generation prototypes into the market.
The actual technology behind 3D digital printing is pretty baffling – we’ve seen it put into layman’s terms as “chipping off tiny stones from a statue, only in reverse”. With the prospect of 3D printing materials soon to include metals, the notion of rapid engine fixes or spec-perfect part replacements a real possibility for aerospace engineers. The tech is pretty expensive, but it appears to be that investors are clamouring to find the best way to develop the equipment. A really interesting one to watch!
By now, everybody has experienced some form of unmanned tech. Whether that be watching an event via a digitally programmed drone or checking out the latest driverless car developments on the news. Drones – or at least an awareness of them – is increasingly commonplace but the question is; how will this unmanned technology develop?
Many experts predict that in the future we’ll see unmanned aircraft as the standard in cargo delivery – allowing for an almost continuous importing and export that will benefit end user businesses and help reduce costs and increase flexibility for the carriers themselves. The questions of projecting this technology onto passenger air transportation is rather frightening at this point, but we have no doubt aerospace scientists will be keen to at least investigate how their technology could improve experiences and propel innovation.
Craft – to – Craft Communication
Leading on from drones, Craft – to – Craft communication is a developing method of how communicate with one another whilst in the air. The technology is based on the premise of transplanting air traffic control tower capabilities into the aircraft themselves via advanced digital technologies and AI sensors.
Although still in its infancy, Craft - to - Craft could bring about a whole new way of doing things in aerospace and aviation, also placing demand on the need for on-craft precision engineers, an increased amount of on board equipment and higher specification parts. New types of circuit boards, wiring and CPUs will all need to be factored into production and provisions made to keep these new and intricate tech pieces flight-ready.
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