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Leveraging Digital Twins for Aerospace and Defense
As an aerospace pioneer, Don Kinard, who is a senior fellow in production operations at the aeronautics business unit of Lockheed Martin, has been using digital twins for product applications even before the term was coined. In this podcast, he discusses the challenges of extending digital twins into operational environments and shares lessons learned at Lockheed that the engineering community can apply in the digital lifecycle. Kinard has been at Lockheed Martin from the early days of the F-35 program and served in both engineering and manufacturing roles for the F-22 development.
Wind Energy Looks to Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is starting to make inroads into the fabrication of wind turbines as well as their towers. 3D printing of turbine blades as well as their concrete towers is expected to lower costs and allow them to rise over their present heights of 80 meters to 100 meters. GE Renewable Energy’s Matteo Bellucci talks about the impact additive manufacturing is having on the development of wind energy systems.
The Future of On-Demand Manufacturing
On-demand digital manufacturing ecosystems look to become the future of manufacturing. By transitioning away from traditional supply chains, stockpiles of inventory, and excess materials, on-demand manufacturing can offer companies robust and flexible supply chains, reducing inventory and raw material costs. On-demand manufacturing also looks to reduce the effects of supply disruption by allowing companies to shift manufacturing sites at a moment’s notice.
Todd Taylor is the vice president of application engineering at Fictiv, a digital manufacturing ecosystem that rapidly delivers custom mechanical parts through its quote-to-order platform and distributed network of global partners. He discusses how on-demand manufacturing will benefit not just startups and smaller firms but also how larger manufacturing firms do business.
Inspiring Young STEM Minds
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the education of many young students. Due to the necessity of distance education, it has been challenging to keep children interested in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects. Jay Flores, CEO and founder of Invent the Change, has spent his entire career trying to inspire young STEM minds. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Rockwell Automation, and FIRST Robotics to mentor and educate young people, exploring the power of STEM. On this episode of ASME TechCast, he speaks with us about the current state of STEM, how the pandemic has impacted education, and the disparities found in today’s STEM society.
Lisa Burton on Emboldening Women Entrepreneurs
As vice president at HearstLab Lisa Burton O’Toole, evaluates and invests in women-led startups and strongly believes that we need diverse teams working on technical problems. Burton is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship among technically minded women. In this episode of ASME TechCast, Burton discusses why mentoring is valuable for women and shares advice on how to find a mentor. In 2020, Burton received ASME’s Kate Gleason Award honoring women entrepreneurs who make a significant contribution to the engineering community.
Additive Manufacturing Revolutionizes Aerospace Design
Additive manufacturing has long been a tool used by the aerospace industry to manufacture parts. The latest advancements within AM are now shifting production toward end-use parts. There are still many challenges including quality, productivity, repeatability, and materials availability. Hauke Schultz, the Additive Manufacturing Roadmap leader at Airbus, is building a vision and roadmap to enhance AM technologies and applications within its three business units: Airbus Commercial, Helicopters, and Defense and Space. Schultz talks about the journey of AM in aerospace, how the last year impacted the industry, and how the future of AM in aerospace will impact engineers.