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The AeroDef Manufacturing 2020 Head to Fort Worth, TX, tions for aerospace products. With higher
Conference and Exposition, fea-
turing all that’s new and trending in part making for aerospace and defense, lands in Fort Worth, TX, March 16-19. The SME event, including exhibits and con- ference sessions, reflects the influx of 3D printing, particularly that of the metal variety, in these booming sectors.
AeroDef Manufacturing 2019 attracted more than 2600 attendees, and expect that number and more for the 2020 edi- tion. Additive manufacturing (AM) rep- resents a major focus at this event, with other technologies including digital man- ufacturing, composites and advanced materials, precision machining, automa- tion and robotics, quality measurement and inspection, simulation, and finishing and coatings. See the current list of exhibitors at
Stellar Keynote, Panel and Conference Presentations
Keynote speakers and panelists at AeroDef Manufacturing 2020 represent the highest levels of government and industry.
Greg Ulmer, vice president and general
in March for a heavy dose of 3D printing technology geared toward aerospace and defense. BY LOUIS A. KREN, SENIOR EDITOR
manager of F-35 Lightning II program for Lockheed Martin, delivers a keynote pres- entation, Continuous Innovation & Devel- opment of the F-35 Program, on March 17 from 8:20 to 9 a.m. He discusses progress of the production ramp up, con- tinuous improvements in affordability and the leveraging of digital transforma- tion throughout the program.
The March 18 keynote, from 8:15 to 9 a.m., features Gerould Young, senior director of advanced materials and man- ufacturing for Boeing Research & Tech- nology, with his presentation, Composites, Automation & Data in Aerospace Manu- facturing. Composites have delivered improved performance and cost reduc-
production rates pushing manufacturers toward more automated composite fab- rication and large-part assembly, Young discusses the challenges and use of process control, in-situ measurement and data systems to achieve rate, quality and safety in production environments.
Next Generation Automation for Aero- space Composites, the panel discussion on March 17 from 9 to 10 a.m., tackles the need for serious production improvements in coming years. Consider that Boeing and Airbus estimate that about 40,000 com- mercial aircraft will be required over the next 20 years. Or that the U.S. military is researching concepts of swarms of unmanned systems with limited life (even disposable) and low cost. Or that the Air Taxi concept is no longer a 40-year-old dream of a flying car. An expert panel con- templates the change of state required for the aerospace industry to achieve produc- tion rates for these future aircraft.
On March 18 from 9 to 10 a.m., the panel topic is Industry 4.0 for Aerospace Manufacturing in 2020: Impact, Chal- lenges and Best Practices. Experts explore how the 4th industrial revolution is cur-

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