This article presents the importance of progressing from post-manufacturing inspection/verification to in-process inspection/verification methods. It lists various quality assurance factors considered for typical composite laminate lay-up process. The article provides information on composite cure tooling that is fabricated from steel, aluminum, or high-temperature composite materials. The quality assurance for commercial applications is reviewed. The article concludes with a discussion on the data fusion systems that are designed to provide nondestructive analysis data from fabrication and assembly processes for each individual composite part.
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