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Take a Ride with the Early Adopters in Aerospace Senior Editor James Lorincz, meanwhile, explores how


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hen it comes to the latest advanced manufac- turing technologies, few industries are better leaders—researchers, developers and adopters


—than the aerospace industry. In anticipation of SME’s annual AERODEF event, which will be held April 20–23 in Dallas, we’ve dedicated much of this issue to the aerospace industry, which faces big chal- lenges. Primarily, aircraft makers and their suppliers need to build more planes faster in order to meet demand. At the same time, they must make planes lighter, maintain stringent quality and safety—and do it all while, in many cases, strug- gling to fi nd the skilled workers they need. Our cover story highlights the increasing role that metrol- ogy—especially noncontact, hand-held metrology systems— is playing in helping the aerospace industry meet its goals. Whether metrology devices are capturing and checking hundreds of thousands of dimensional points over large, complex surfaces or guiding robots to drill and rivet holes to perfection, the speed with which these new systems check quality has them in high demand.


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mature the business of machining composites has become, leading to a stable of advanced, purpose-built tools specifi - cally for cutting or drilling CFRP and other materials without delamination or fi ber pullout, among other challenges. As the auto industry begins adopting more composites as it chases fuel economy, these tools and knowledge will be critical. Perhaps it will even serve as payback for all of the automation tools and know-how that the auto industry has shared with aerospace over the years. Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak writes about how aerospace continues customiz- ing its automation approach with robots that are now tackling more diffi cult automation tasks such as riveting and sealing. In SME Speaks, SME member Louis C. Dorworth also writes about innovations in composites as new methods of AFP and ATL are developed. Finally, in NewsDesk, we take a closer look at how a research team in Australia has 3D printed the world’s fi rst jet engine. Monash University Prof. Xinhua Wu believes lessons from the project hold the potential to drasti- cally cut the development time for new jet engines.


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