Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has a long background in developing additive manufacturing technologies for many use cases ranging from manufacturing aids to fly away hardware. A tiered matrix approach of increasing data and technology maturation needs versus end use consequence will be examined in this discussion. This talk will explore the barriers to entry for AM to replace competing traditional technologies and explain the approach it has developed in cooperation with its government customers to overcome those barriers. The main discussion points will cover technology needs in relation to serial production of high consequence flight hardware capable of meeting mission requirements in a variety of challenging environments.
- Describe the barriers to implementation of additive manufacturing in to high consequence applications and understand NGC’s approach to overcome these.
- Understand the difference between printing things and manufacturing components for the aerospace and defense industries.
- Analyze how they plan to demonstrate the capability of AM to positively impact their business.