November 29, 2018Additive Manufacturing Helps Build Lower Cost Replacement Parts and Tools
It has often been noted that many of the aircraft and other weapons systems used by the armed forces are older than the service men and women operating and maintaining them. While the average age of a U.S. domestic commercial airliner is 11 years, it is not uncommon for aircraft to still be in service at 30 years. Likewise, there are many machines and systems in electric power generation, discrete parts manufacturing, chemical process, oil and gas production and many other industries that have been in continuous operation for several decades or longer.
Additive manufacturing technology helps save significant time and cost in the maintenance and repair of machinery and systems across industries. ...