An Industrial Perspective on the Future Evolution of Additive Manufacturing within Aerospace.
Within the aerospace industry, Additive Manufacturing (AM) is emerging from its traditional role as a functional prototyping technology into an industrial manufacturing technology. To get here the technology has had to overcome many challenges, not least of which has been changing traditional perceptions regarding the quality of what can be produced. Looking forwards, how will the application of AM technologies within Aerospace evolve in the future and how might that influence what the technology looks like? What potential opportunities does it present for us which are as-yet untapped, and what challenges will we need to overcome in order to realise them?
Jon joined the Airbus graduate training scheme in 2005, and was fortunate enough to spend time working on the very successful A350XWB aircraft programme during his early years with the company.
Following a chance introduction to Additive Manufacturing in 2006, he filed a number of patents utilising the technology for hybrid composite joining, eventually transferring into the newly formed ‘Innovation Works’ team based in Bristol where he developed these inventions further.
He is now responsible for the Additive Manufacturing Research & Technology roadmap for the whole of Airbus, serving the wide range of technology needs and applications within the Aerospace, Defence & Space businesses.