TYSONS CORNER, VA June 8, 2015 — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has begun using additive manufacturing technologies to help address cost and cycle times in its system research and development, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday.
Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, indicated in an AI.com published last week that the company has taken on the model-based engineering approach as part of efforts to reduce time to market, starting with 3D-printing propulsion tanks and brackets for small satellites.
“There are elegant components – focal plane arrays or integrated circuits – we can’t print, but can we print enough of it… that we can take what would normally take five years and reduce it to 24 months, ” said Ambrose, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015.
“That’s the goal.”
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