Boeing Plans to Build 3D-Printed Modular Satellites

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April 26, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: April 26 on

Boeing is known for building huge, high-end satellites that cost roughly $150 million each, but that could change in the future. The aerospace corporation plans to adopt new production practices that involve the use of modular 3D-printed parts and far fewer workers than it”s used to, according to The Wall Street Journal. Its current procedures that require customized manual assembly cost too much and take far too long — apparently, you can count the number of satellites it builds in a year on two hands. Boeing”s satellite business chief Paul Rusnock told the WSJ that the company can”t continue what it”s been doing and remain competitive.