Lightweighting in the Aerospace & Defense Sector

Lightweighting in the Aerospace & Defense Sector

Lightweighting in aerospace and defense is driving innovation in design and new product development. These innovations are being fueled by new advances in manufacturing and materials science and are leading to key improvements for customers in this industry. In this Intelligence Brief, we profile ten innovations in both materials and design by leading A&D industry players.

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Lightweighting in the Aerospace & Defense Sector

The importance of lightweighting in A&D can’t be overstated. New manufacturing technologies like 3D printing and novel materials such as aerogels, coupled with innovative design and strategies for integrating these new materials, are enabling the aircraft of today and tomorrow to achieve higher speeds and longer flight distances, thus opening up new possibilities for research, space exploration, communications, air travel, and more.

Included in this Intelligence Brief:

  • Highlight of notable improvements in weight that are being achieved using different kinds of lightweighting technologies
  • Profiles of five companies producing advanced lightweighting materials for the A&D sector
  • Profiles of five A&D companies that are leading the way in advancing flight performance with innovative design

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