When your fast-growing company designs and manufactures some 2,000 small engines per year, you like to stay abreast of the latest digital-engineering tools. Yet Sean Hilbert, president of Cobra Aero, is also adamant that the final proof of the integrity of every power and propulsion product he creates for his motorcycle and drone customers is always the test bench.
The unveiling of Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 supersonic demonstrator aircraft last fall at the company’s Denver hangar has brought the dream of a return to supersonic air travel closer to reality. While XB-1, as well as the company’s future Overture supersonic airliner, echo the shape of the earlier Concorde (see sidebar), XB-1 presented its creators with an opportunity to explore more advanced designs and manufacturing technologies than were available to Concorde engineers.
Quality assurance and flight certification of critical aerospace parts and assemblies have reached new levels of sophistication in recent years. Leading aerospace and defense manufacturers worldwide now consider computed tomography (CT) scanning to be an essential part of their non-destructive testing (NDT) toolkit.
The concept of the Digital Twin is still evolving but it is powerful and self-evident enough that most manufacturers believe that they need it.
It’s not just on the machine, software is Critical to Successful AM Builds.
Quality less than predictable? OEE not where you’d like it? Maybe PLM can help deliver on ERP’s promises.
Designing these innovative vehicles requires powerful, integrated digital tools.
Tooling design is challenging work. In the case of jigs and fixtures, the part must be held securely enough that it won’t move during machining, but not so tightly that damage or distortion can occur.
Whether it’s for the portable generator that keeps the refrigerator cold and the light bulbs lit during a power outage, or the hybrid-electric engines that can lift delivery drones high into the sky, the world needs compact and reliable energy sources. Making them smaller, more powerful, and especially more affordable is the vision of Enrique Enriquez, president of KW Micro Power.
There is a lot of promise in the coming adoption of Model-Based Definition (MBD) in industry. MBD is the practice of attaching useful information to a 3D CAD model, such as tolerances or material properties.