Three-way partnership lowers adoption barriers to leverage additive manufacturing in aerospace applications.
The aerospace sector has been at the forefront of pushing additive manufacturing to new heights.
The industry has pushed the envelope with 3D printed end-use parts, including brackets, ducts, nozzles, turbine blades, and engine components in its quest to produce lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. AM has also become an entrenched way to create prototypes of tooling such as fixtures and jigs thanks to its ability to output complex parts on demand with little set-up work.
Fortune Business Insights pegged the global aerospace & defense AM market at $3.6 billion in 2020, poised to grow from $3.73 billion in 2021 to $13 billion by 2028. Among the sector pioneers leveraging AM technologies are Airbus, which has over 1,000 3D printed parts on its A350 XWB aircraft, along with NASA, which employs 3D printing in a variety of ways, including to develop and test a concept space rover that contains over 70 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printed parts.