Lifecycle solutions for airframe structures, composites, and materials science

Advances in airframe

Innovate or be outpaced. The combined market for commercial and military aircraft will exceed $281 billion by 2022. To meet that demand with reliable quality control across a global supply chain, aircraft OEMs must fundamentally rethink product development and manufacturing from the ground up. This will mean accelerating strategic moves into additive manufacturing, collaboration across geographically dispersed teams, and more fuel-efficient products.

Airframes: Business challenges and key questions

Mission success within budget is a key business challenge for both industry and government stakeholders in aerospace and defense. PTC has the system-wide insight, proven technology, and best practices to help the airframes sector lower risk while connecting the present to the future. Read on for some critical questions to ask as business challenges in airframes arise—our aerospace and defense experts are ready with solutions on the other side.

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Advances in high-performing computing and cloud technology, enabled a new structural modeling concept—the airframe digital twin, based on computational models of an individual aircraft. Airframe manufacturers, in both the commercial and the defense sectors, are rapidly adopting digital engineering strategies and partnering with leading technology providers, like PTC.

Service parts management

See how PTC’s service parts management solution, Servigistics, empowers agencies and weapons systems OEMs across the board.

Industrial IoT

Learn more about the transformation potential of industrial IoT with our ThingWorx platforms.

Industrial augmented reality

Connect the digital and physical worlds and invite users to seamlessly interact with both with the Vuforia industrial augmented reality family.

Product development

PTC’s robust, end-to-end product lifecycle management portfolio help you accelerate product development.


There’s power in tailoring apps to your specific roles and tasks. Boost collaboration with role-based data access.

Model-based definition

Embed product data directly into your 3D models to create a single, reliable source of truth for your extended team.

Simulation and analysis

Use digital prototypes to understand how your design performs in real-world conditions.

Concept design

Explore your product design options and introduce more innovative products (while reducing redundant work).

Additive manufacturing

Close the gap between 3D CAD and 3D printing with Creo by designing, optimizing, validating, and running print-checks all in one environment.


Explore our Servigistics capabilities for service parts optimization throughout the entire lifecycle.