3D Printing in Aerospace & Defence - Thematic Research

3D Printing in Aerospace & Defence - Thematic Research

  • February 2019 •
  • 32 pages •
  • Report ID: 5810644 •
  • Format: PDF
3D Printing in Aerospace & Defence - Thematic Research

Summary
3D printing, or “additive manufacturing”, is the process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional model data, usually layer upon layer. In 2013, the 3D printing industry was worth US$3bn, and grew to US$7bn in 2017. By 2025 the 3D printing market will account for over US$20bn in spend.

Today, 3D printing is not commonly used as a replacement for volume manufacture, where the technology and materials costs mean that other manufacturing approaches are more suitable.However, it is now widely used in prototyping across a number of sectors where it can significantly lower the cost of development.

The most recent development sees these parts start to creep into final production models as confidence in their quality grows.

As 3D printing develops it is now starting to be realized in a wide variety of industries, but its potential in the aerospace and defence industry is significant and most major militaries and companies are exploring their options with the technology.Some are still in the testing phase, while others are actually deploying the technology in final production.

This is particularly true in the aerospace industry, where engines, aircraft and even satellites are using 3D printed components at present.

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