Aerospace Manufacturing: Trends to Look Out For in 2016 and Beyond

Aerospace manufacturing has long been ahead of the curve in relation to the industrial sector at large. Many innovations we’ve seen in technology have gotten their start in aerospace research & development labs. For this reason, it’s important to keep track of new opportunities and breakthroughs in this sector. Here, we’ve outlined some of the top aerospace trends making waves.

The Rise of Aerogel:

Even though Aerogel was invented back in the 1930s, it couldn’t really capture the commercial flight market because of prohibitive costs. But Transparency Market Research (TMR) predicts a much awaited equalizing in which this low density and low thermal conductivity compound will be able to go head to head with conventional insulation material like foam and fiber with a whopping 85% dip in prices.

Aerogel had its moment of glory when it found use in the 2003 space missions which transported the rovers Spirit and Opportunity to Mars for a deeper probing of the Red planet. Aerogels can be made of Silica, metal oxide, carbon and polymers and are excellent at insulating sensitive aircraft parts from heat, vibrations and acoustic distortions.

The Aerogel market is expected to hit $1 billion in 2023. And from 2017 onwards a rapid rise in the volume of this compound used will render air travel safer and more comfortable.

Ceramic Fiber Reinforced Matrices:

CMC (Ceramic Matrix Composites) is a boon for air travel. They are more robust than their ordinary ceramic counterparts which tend to fracture under the pressure of high thermo-loads. The temperature in the engine of an aircraft rises steeply. Only ceramic fiber reinforced matrices can tolerate the searing heat and do not display signs of evident damage. They tend to last longer than other materials that might be used in these extreme conditions. GE has taken an initiative and is pioneering the use of new tooling concepts and designs for CMC components. Like Aerogels, Ceramic Matrix Composites are also light and durable. This is good news for aerospace manufacturing as the vulnerabilities associated with air travel are being eliminated by replacing traditional agents with more advanced alternatives.

3D Printing in Propulsion Systems:

Aerospace giant Airbus Safran Launchers is at the forefront of a drive to set up an international research and experiment program that will delve into the possibilities of the use of additive manufacturing or 3D printing in the creation of air craft propulsion systems. Its incorporation in the propulsion set-up process can mean greater efficiency and better output (thrust) for the systems.

The sky is the limit for aerospace manufacturing. TE-CO Workholding is proud to contribute to these innovations with market leading vises, tooling components, CMM fixturing & spring-loaded devices for use in aerospace manufacturing processes.

TE-CO Workholding with Mitee-Bite Products & Raptor at IMTS 2016

TE-CO LLC, Mitee-Bite Products LLC and Raptor Workholding are a trio that provides precision vices and workholdings for jigs and fixture components and products that accommodate 5 axis machining applications. Together, they’ll be exhibiting at IMTS 2016 in September.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show:

IMTS2016-datesThe International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 is all set to go live at the McCormick Place in Chicago and will take place from September 12th-17th.

TE-CO will bring our cutting edge, interactive demonstration van to the booth and those who are interested in perusing its products up close will have the opportunity to step into the vehicle and see the following in action:

  • Working hydraulics
  • Single and Double Acting Hydraulics
  • Self-Contained Hydraulics
  • Quads and Laydowns
  • Balls and Plungers
  • CMM Fixturing Tools
  • Self-Centering Vises
  • Compact Vises
  • Vice Jaws and Accessories

Spreading Awareness:

Technology shows can quickly become dry and pedantic. And they end up leaving not much of an impact. The TE-CO Workholding Nissan van is well appointed. It has informative graphics and instructive and engaging visual material. In fact videos can also be shared with interested individuals on the television monitor to delineate process and use cases.

TE-CO Workholding and our partners are committed to elevating the experience at the show. By bringing a fine selection of the products that are available to manufacturing workers and allowing them to understand the features and functions in a very tangible way, the trifecta will be able to build brand recognition and educate potential customers.