Although it only takes Boeing 11 days to build a 737, it takes the company much longer to build a satellite. In fact, less than 10 satellites are made a year using their customized manual assembly practices. So what can be done to combat the issue? The answer lies in a solution many manufacturers and engineers are turning to— 3D printing.
To produce more satellites in a timely manner and remain competitive in the industry, Boeing will adopt a new production practice that involves modular 3D-printed parts. The company is already beginning to implement 3D printing in its other manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles.
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