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Qualification of Additively Manufactured Aerospace Hardware

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The Aerospace and Defense Industry is investing heavily in additive manufactured spaceflight hardware. AM techniques have been shown to help reduce cost and lead times and also reduce the mass of components aboard spacecraft and aircraft. The qualification of new technologies and new materials in the space sector is always subjected to a high number of qualification tests and maturity steps. AM technology opens an opportunity to create new products with better performances than the ones limited to traditional manufacturing technologies, but at the same time the level of risk of implementation is higher due to the lack of maturity of the technology. 

In order to to leverage the potential of AM within an organization, it is pivotal to understand practical methodologies on how to establish a qualified process and deliver certifiable hardware. The two most important components are qualification and certification. Qualification applies to parts and components and processes. Certification applies to design, subsystems and integrated systems. 

We plan to reinforce an understanding of AM processes and help understand products necessary to get companies to qualification and certification. The goal of this framework is to have a plan, integrate a quality management system, build a foundation, plan parts and produce the plan. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate, at a fundamental level, the primary aspects of establishing certification rationale for the implementation of AM parts.
  • Understand how part planning confirms the foundation and produces a good part consistently and part production follows a fixed process with statistical process controls.
  • Determine what resources your organization needs in order to become a key producer of AM flight hardware.
  • Humna Khan
    CEO // COO
    ASTRO Test Lab // Mimo Technik
  • Andre DeLeon
    Lab Operations Manager
    ASTRO Mechanical Testing Laboratory