Manufacturing Simulation Software for

Aerospace & Defense

Get Your Entire Program on the Same Page and Save Millions

The aerospace and defense industry works at the leading edge of technology. You repeatedly turn out high-quality products that last for decades. And you do so in a highly-competitive environment. These large programs require a high degree of coordination between product development and manufacturing teams at OEMs. And they require a supply chain made up of specialized and commodity suppliers that are geographically dispersed in order to manage risk and ensure success. How do you achieve maximum production efficiency while minimizing costly design flaws? Digital manufacturing software is the key.

Product Development Challenges


High Pace of Innovation

In this industry, companies strive to incorporate the latest technologies, including advancements in materials and manufacturing processes—some of which become available mid-stream in a program. Often it is difficult to understand the cost and manufacturability impact of incorporating these new technologies, resulting in schedule, cost, and technical risk.

Long Product Life Cycles

Whether for air, sea, land, or space, commercial and defense products are designed to last for decades. The safety and performance-critical nature of these products require that they be designed and manufactured correctly from the very beginning. Decision-making insight is critical. One mistake can cost millions of dollars.

    Digital Manufacturing Benefits


    Innovate with Confidence

    Incorporating manufacturing simulation technologies into your designs will not only help you meet performance and safety goals, but it gives you the insights you need to ensure you meet manufacturability and cost targets.

    Maximize Product Profitability

    It’s time to be proactive about your cost drivers. Use aPriori’s automated bulk costing capabilities to increase the percentage of parts optimized for manufacturability and cost in your new product designs. Significantly improve your profit margins by identifying cost outliers in minutes.

    Consistently Evaluate Costs

    Any time is a good time to take cost out. With the right technology you can get automated feedback on the manufacturability of your designs. Get immediate cost insight into every part you evaluate. Or use manufacturing simulation to collaborate and negotiate costs with your suppliers.

    Manage Supply Chain Risk

    The value of having a strong supply chain strategy has been heightened by the pandemic-related disruptions. Our aerospace and defense customers use aPriori to understand alternate manufacturing processes, capacity requirements, and categorization of supplier capabilities that can drive critical supply chain decisions. Some have even implemented open book processes with suppliers to eliminate the time lag and risk of the RFQ process.

      Our Customers Have Saved Millions

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      aPriori Solutions for Aerospace and Defense Industry

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      aP Generate

      Connect aPriori to your PLM system for automated manufacturing simulation upon check-in of new or modified CAD designs.

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      aP Design

      Utilize heat mapping and cycle time reports to quickly identify and resolve manufacturing cost drivers in every aerospace part you design. And, get your design right the first time.

      aP Analytics

      Detailed reports of cost data for your aerospace parts. Create custom dashboards to consistently monitor new product initiatives against design to cost targets.

      aP Pro

      Remove cumbersome and costly department silos and bring everyone onto the same page. Realize collaboration among design, cost engineering, and sourcing all in one place.

      Manufacturing Cost Models for Your Industry

      We have invested more than 15 years into the development of the world’s most innovative and automated cost models specific to your industry. With aPriori, aerospace and defense companies will get specific manufacturing cost models including:
      Composite Manufacturing
      Additive Manufacturing
      Complex Machining: 3, 4, 5-axis Milling/Drilling, 2, 3-axis Turning, Grinding
      Stretch Forming
      Chemical Milling
      Investment Casting
      Plastic Molding
      Printed Circut Board Fabrication and Assembly
      Wire Harness Design & Assembly
      Mechanical Assembly: Fastener and Rivet Installation
      Surface & Heat Treatments
      For a complete list of all Aerospace related cost models, download this data sheet
      “After identifying potential double-digit savings on a couple of different parts that we ran through aPriori, we were able to conduct fact-based conversations with our suppliers. Not only did aPriori help us to foster stronger relationships with our suppliers, but we have also achieved 12-15% annual savings on a number of parts.”
      — Brett Armstrong, Should Cost Team Leader, Cost Performance Engineering, Honeywell Aerospace

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