Nanomanufacturing: The Making of the Materials Revolution

T. Earles
Lockheed Martin Corporation, US

Keywords: sustainable, nanomanufacturing, manufacturing


“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.” A world where we have the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale where unique phenomena enable novel applications. A world where novel materials enable entirely new approaches to design and production that is faster and better than ever before in history. Lockheed Martin now leads nanotechnology innovation to create remarkable new materials that dramatically improve current and enable new capabilities. Far more than mere engineering at ever smaller dimensions, our expanding abilities to observe and manipulate matter at the nanoscale enable us to leverage the unique physical, chemical, mechanical, and optical properties of materials that occur at that scale to produce superior, multifunctional applications that are key discriminators for our technology platforms—in air, on land, at sea, and in space. These advanced materials initiatives combined with our advanced manufacturing initiatives form the foundations for innovative, affordable solutions, systems and products that we are already realizing, not only in aerospace and defense but in security, renewable energy, sustainable manufacturing, healthcare, robotics, and other adjacencies. This presentation will describe approaches to best cultivate advanced manufacturing capabilities hand-in-hand with advanced materials, with an eye toward accelerating instantiation and transition of nanotechnology-based discriminators as well as leveraging the novelty of such materials to shift paradigms in how we make everything—from pointwise control and self-assembly to more pedestrian but no less vital unitization and touch labor reduction—opening vast opportunities that we can now only imagine.