If you’re looking for cutting-edge manufacturing technology, look no further than the aerospace industry. From 3D-printed materials to using drones for quality assurance, what aerospace lacks in production volume it makes up for in innovation.
Computer-aided inspection (CAI)—in which production parts are directly compared to 3D CAD models—is one of the latest examples of the aerospace industry’s use of advanced technology. This isn’t just about heavyweights Airbus and Boeing, but their suppliers and the tier 2 and 3 suppliers as well. Advancements in CAI trickle down the supply chain.