3D Printing in Aerospace & Defence - Thematic Research

3D Printing in Aerospace & Defence - Thematic Research

3D Printing in Aerospace & Defence - Thematic Research


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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    • Introduction
    • Players
      • Table Figure 1: Leading players in the 3D printing sector: Hardware, software and services
      • Hardware
      • Software
      • Services
    • Trends
      • Table key 3D printing trends
    • Industry analysis
      • Use cases
      • History
        • Table What can be made today with 3D printers?
      • Market size forecasts
        • Table Figure 2: By 2025 the global Additive Manufacturing Market will account for over US$20bn in spend
      • Competitor landscape
        • Table Figure 3: Most 3D printing companies specialize in one or two distinct additive manufacturing technologies
      • Mergers and acquisitions
        • Table The transaction value of M&A in the 3D printing sector has exceeded US$3.5bn over the last five years
      • Timeline
        • Table Figure 4: The story of 3D printing thus far
    • Disruptive impact on Old Economy industries
      • Prototyping
      • Health care
        • Table Figure 5: A 3D-printed jaw implant
      • Apparel
        • Table Figure 6: Pia Hinze's gold Neobaroque dress and Janne Kyttanen's wedge shoes ... are made with a 3D printer
      • Automotive
        • Table Figure 7: EDAG's Genesis design for a unibody chassis
      • Jewelry
        • Table Figure 8: Bangle designed by Towe Norlen, printed on Cooksongold's metal printer
      • Food
      • Logistics
      • Piracy
        • Table Figure 9: 3D copies of famous works of art
      • Construction
    • Impact of 3D printing on aerospace & defence
      • Table Figure 10: The EOS titanium printed bracket (right) is stronger and lighter than the conventional steel cast bracket (left)
      • Aerospace and Defence examples
      • Military examples
      • Key recommendations for aerospace and defence companies
    • Companies section
      • Industrial 3D printer manufacturers
        • Table Industrial 3D printer manufacturers
      • Consumer 3D printer manufacturers
        • Table Consumer 3D printer manufacturers
      • 3D printing services companies
        • Table 3D printing services companies
      • Aerospace & defence companies
        • Table Aerospace & defence companies
      • Militaries
        • Table Militaries
    • Technology Briefing
      • Definition
      • The eight leading 3D printing technologies
        • Table Figure 11: There are eight primary technologies within the 3D printing industry
        • Table Figure 12: The MakerBot Replicator
        • Table Figure 13: The Trumpf-POM DMD505D
        • Table Figure 14: The EOS M400
        • Table Figure 15: The ExOne S-Print
        • Table Figure 16: The Objet 500 Connex
        • Table Figure 17: FabPro 100
        • Table Figure 18: The sheet lamination process
        • Table Figure 19: Bioprinting involves pasting living cells in layers to build organ tissue
      • The additive manufacturing technology matrix
        • Table The additive manufacturing technology matrix
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