“Additive gives people the freedom to have something that they actually want.”
Bionic brackets, LEAP engines, smart parts; you would be hard pressed to find a high-value area in aerospace where additive potential remains untapped. But what about those crucial day-to-day applications that can mean the difference between an aircraft taking off or grounded on the tarmac?
The majority of today’s modern aircraft wings are manufactured with carbon fibre thanks to the composite materials’ strong and lightweight properties. Less weight means bigger fuel savings and reduced costs, but the complex make-up of carbon fibre also poses its own unique challenges for aircraft manufacturers.