The aerospace industry is primarily driven by cost, the level of system performance, and development schedule. Today, emerging customer requirements for more complex systems with higher performance is driving the industry to consider Additive Manufacturing (AM) as a solution to reduce the development costs and manufacture structures of complex shapes and sizes not feasible with conventional manufacturing approaches. In this presentation, we provide an overview of the different additive manufacturing technologies used at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation and give examples and lessons learned of some of our current development efforts. These examples include technologies leveraging metal, plastic, and circuitry additive processes to support applications such as RF antennas, satellites, mockups, and ground support equipment for current needs. For future needs, the presentation will list out desired capabilities for the additive manufacturing community to address both near term and long term extending all the way to proposed on-orbit additive manufacturing of structures.
- Observe a typical aerospace feasibility study process and results
- Introduce lessons learned on using additive manufacturing for aerospace