In the 21st century, the aerospace manufacturing and engineering industry is mostly centred on Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping, and 3D Printing.
Low-cost components are a much welcomed alternative in an industry pressured for state-of-the-art technology and high safety standards. The advantage of 3D Printing is not only the production of low-cost components, but also the creation of designs that used to be unattainable through traditional manufacturing methods.
The ambition for innovation within the aerospace manufacturing and engineering industry is perfectly exemplified by Ehang 184. Ehang 184 is a Chinese-made passenger drone that is expected to launch as a self-flying air taxi in Dubai this summer. The drone promises to reach a height of up to 300m and can operate at a maximum of 100 km/h.
Thus, individual manufacturers and engineers currently develop eco-friendly, safe, and autonomous solutions that will set a previously unthinkable industry-wide standard. Whether Ehang 184 and other groundbreaking innovations prove to be real alternatives in terms of safety, feasibility and particularly costs remains to be seen.
This and more fascinating topics will be part of expoAIR 2017. expoAIR is the new international trade fair for the aerospace supply industry in Munich from 20-22 November 2017.