Ducommun Aerostructures (Long Beach, CA) now uses Tecnomatix Technologies’ (Nashua, NH) eMPower software to produce fuselage components for the Boeing C-17 aircraft. Ducommun manufactures aerostructures and assemblies for aircraft companies.
Eclipse Aviation Corp. (Albuquerque, NM) is using MTS Systems Corp.’s (Eden Prairie, MN) Eclipse 500 friction stir welding system to assemble the lower cabin of the Eclipse 500, a six-person, twin-engine jet. The 33-foot plane features a 36-foot wingspan.
In the mid-1960s, a popular science fiction movie called Fantastic Voyage portrayed the exploits of a group of scientists who traveled through a human body in a miniature submarine. Hollywood is often wrong in its portrayal of the future, but part of that fiction has become reality.