Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Defense Industry

Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Defense Industry

The Aerospace & Defense industry has benefited from decades of using additive manufacturing technology to create increasingly complex parts in a cost-effective way. Here, we present a comprehensive overview of the market, use cases and impact on the supply chain.

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Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Defense Industry

Additive manufacturing for aerospace and defense (A&D) applications first began in the mid- to late-1980s. During that time, AM was mainly used to prototype new designs and produce tools. Since then, (1) the flexibility in manufacturing complex parts, (2) the ability to produce lightweight parts, and (3) a reduction in lead time caused by adopting AM, has allowed the A&D industry to expand and mature its use of AM. Today, due to the upscaled productivity and consequently reduced production costs, AM is finding even more opportunities in the A&D market, with A&D being one of the largest markets for AM technology today.

Included in this white paper:

  • A market overview
  • Use case examples from 2019
  • State of the industry today
  • Growth potential
  • Impact on the supply chain

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