Lightweightness, high functional efficiency and production of low volume systems with complex parts are essential factors in which the aerospace industry indulges in. On the other hand, Defense Entities expect critical and timely delivery of parts. In remote locations and areas of political conflict, digital warehousing and additive manufacturing eliminate long lead times and transportation to meet imminent and essential needs. With implementing a digital inventory, the Aerospace & Defense industries can remove supply chain issues and optimize part efficiency and performance.
Additive manufacturing and digital warehousing enable the production of parts with alternative materials, such as metals and thermoplastics, as well as creating hollow centers, to reduce weight of a part. The total weight of a component can be reduced by 60% without sacrificing structural integrity.
In addition to the materials with eminent strength properties used, additive manufacturing permits to increase internal strength of part by creating an entire part at once, rather than consolidating parts which ultimately present weak and vulnerable joints
Complex shapes with complicated internal channels and dimensions as well as intricate geometries can be created with a digital inventory and additive manufacturing.
The production of parts with additive manufacturing result in a considerable and significant lower material waste and CO2 emissions.
A digital inventory permits to acquire specific parts at a shorter lead time and a reduced part cost.
With a digital inventory, storage spacing and physical warehouse logistics costs are minimized.
The Airbus A350 XWB takes off with 1000+ 3D-printed parts. The latch shafts for the doors are 3D manufactured as they cost less and weigh less, than when produced with traditional manufacturing.
With the Department of Defense Additive Manufacturing Strategy , the DoD has produced 3D-printed components such as aircraft ducting, lens caps, and medical equipment.
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