Nowadays, 3D printing has been widely adopted throughout many aspects of the aerospace industry. An early adopter of the technologies, printed parts have been used by aerospace companies since the late 1980s to help with design intent, validation, tooling aids, and end production.
3D printing in aerospace offers the industry total design freedom to manufacture highly intricate and lightweight components, as well as the reduction of assembly part numbers thus leading to a significant reduction in weight, and therefore cost!
With a boosting demand for top selling aircrafts like A320 and B787 and a rise in air travel, key companies are relying on 3D Printing to reduce maintenance and save fuel.
Over the next decade, the aerospace market is expected to grow substantially in all aspects –civil, military, engine components, structural and space components as many giants of the industry race to develop engine parts using 3D printed aerospace parts for a cleaner, more efficient world of aviation.