“Our Factory of the Future program is all about driving the future of fighter aircraft production with disruptive technologies, and we’re working closely with our suppliers and the wider industry to meet the challenges the UK Government has set out to us,” said Greg Flanagan, Additive Manufacturing Operations Lead of BAE Systems Air. Based in London, UK, BAE Systems designs, develops and manufactures complex surface ships, combat vehicles, and security systems. BAE has been a Stratasys customer since 2006, and by strengthening its ties with the company, it has been given “Increased access” to developing 3D printing technologies and materials. Now, as part of its cost-saving Factory of the Future initiative, BAE is further utilizing Stratasys’ 3D printing systems to drive efficiency within its aircraft production facilities. The new F900 installation will not only increase BAE Systems’ 3D printing capacity but also help it to exploit new 3D printing materials for tooling applications. In the past, BAE Systems has utilized high-performance 3D printing materials to great effect, to enhance or replace traditionally-manufactured parts. “BAE Systems’ Factory of the Future program is a prime example of innovative companies seeking to exploit the latest advanced manufacturing technologies,” concluded Yann Rageul, Director of Manufacturing Solutions EMEA at Stratasys.
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