Additive manufacturing has been used as production tool in aviation programs for nearly a decade. But in the last few years, the scale of deployment has significantly increased. GE is investing in hundreds of machines that run simultaneousl; some types (such as the A350) have more than 1,000 3D-printed parts. To manage these operations the same way we did before is unattainable. Instead we can rely on increasingly sophisticated software automation to drive these processes, saving time and money as well as increasingly reliability and safety. In no other manufacturing sector is the opportunity so apparent since additive manufacturing has a more complete digital thread than any other part of the shop floor.
- Understand how modern additive manufacturing needs, designed for production, differ from those designed for the lab
- Grasp the complexities that are involved in production-scale additive manufacturing operations, as well as the opportunities for properly planning and automating additive manufacturing operations
- Immediately implement tools and techniques to deliver production-scale additive manufacturing operations in their organizations