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Increasingly, terms such as on-demand manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the industrialization of 3D printing crop up in conversations, presentations and press releases.
With aerospace often at the forefront of additive manufacturing, it may well be expected that this sector would be a good place to look for indications that 3D printing is maturing.
Farnborough - International - Airshow - John - Kitchingman
During Farnborough International Airshow I met with John Kitchingman, MD EuroNorth at Dassault Systemès. Our discussion was to cover how Dassault Systemès (DS) and clients are using additive manufacturing in practice, how DS products fit into the AM workflow within the aerospace vertical and how the developing DS Marketplace (and on-demand manufacturing) relates to aerospace and generally industrial 3D printing.
Kitchingman was keen to highlight how the DS 3DEXPERIENCE platform sits at the core of many of the aforementioned themes.
Case - Study - Design - Process - Thrust
A case study showing the design to manufacture process of a Thrust Reverser Unit (TRU) was intended to illustrate this point. Working on an Airbus assignment at National Institute for Aviation Research within Wichita State University, collaborative tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and application of 3D printing enabled the delivery of the TRU in 84 days, rather than one year.
Airbus Thrust Reverser Unit and Dassault Systemes project. Photo by Michael Petch.
Kitchingman - Clients - Mindsets - Software - Tools
Kitchingman explained that while clients were unlikely to change mindsets overnight, software tools can go someway to “bringing people together from different disciplines” and challenging them to think differently.
We also discussed the recently launched 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dassault Systèmes, has said that Marketplace, “transforms the supply chain into a value chain: a single, virtual, social enterprise, pioneering a new way to do business, innovate, and create value in industry.”
Marketplace - Pilot - Users - Joby - Aviation
Currently Marketplace has ten pilot users. Joby Aviation, a relatively recent entrant into the aerospace market, is one of those early users. Joby used Marketplace to reach...
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