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AERODEF 2015: Meeting the Challenge of Composites

George N. Bullen, President and CEO, Smart Blades Inc.

3/5/2015

Carbon fiber composites “grew up” in the airline world for replacement of metal parts. Today, they are reaching maturity as an integral part of aerospace manufacturing. But the growing pains continue, according to George N. Bullen, FSME, CPIM, who has spent his career working in space and space technologies and is now president/CEO of Smart Blades, Inc. Full Article

Latest Evolution Of Lockheed Martin Laser Weapon System Stops Truck In Field Test



Press Release - Lockheed Martin

3/3/2015

Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure. Full Article

Optimize Process for Best Performance



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2015

Planning for successful machining of titanium starts where machining of any material begins—with a capable machine tool, appropriate spindle power, tooling connection, cutting tool geometry, and secure workholding. Machining titanium and heat resistant super alloys (HRSA) is complicated by the very characteristics of the materials that make them highly desirable for aerospace components—high strength-to-weight ratio and high heat resistance. Full Article

Okuma Aerospace Center of Excellence Open to Manufacturers



Press Release - Okuma America

3/2/2015

Okuma America Corporation’s Aerospace Center of Excellence in Charlotte, North Carolina is open to aerospace manufacturers for use as a testing and proving ground for advanced CNC machining technology. Customers can perform test cuts and productivity trials to solve unique challenges and productivity issues. Full Article

It's Here: The World’s First 3D-Printed Jet Engine



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

2/26/2015

Prof. Xinhua Wu, a professor of materials engineering and director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing, has led a team at Monash University that has 3D printed the first jet engine. Full Article

SME’s AeroDef 2015 Features Technical Advice from Top Aerospace Manufacturing Professionals



Press Release - SME

2/27/2015

Aerospace and defense manufacturers are facing new challenges at a time when demand for aircraft is surging. These include stricter requirements in aerospace manufacturing performance, reduced weight of the aircraft, fuel consumption, environmental impact and other factors that are creating a need for innovation at all levels of the extended manufacturing enterprise. Full Article

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