3D Printing in Aerospace and Defense - Thematic Intelligence

3D Printing in Aerospace and Defense - Thematic Intelligence


It has been 40 years since the creation of the first 3D printed part, and the industry has made its mark on the manufacturing world and become an essential part of the defense industrial supply chain.

By 2025, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, will be a $36 billion industry. By 2030, it will be a $70.8 billion industry, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2021 and 2030, according to GlobalData forecasts. The software segment of the industry will deliver the fastest growth as companies prioritize adopting workflow automation tools. Automation enables companies to reduce the time and cost of the production cycle, facilitating 3D printing’s transition into mass manufacturing. This growth reflects the potential and hope encapsulated in this technology.

Behind the optimism, competition is increasing. In 2023, Markforged Metal and Desktop Metal ended their drawn-out and public copyright infringement litigation. The growing corporate buyouts of startups, combined with weak intellectual property regulations, may lead to excessive lawsuits that weaken the growth of the 3D printing industry.

Key Highlights
  • Scientific overview of 3D printing
  • Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the market.
  • Analysis of the various military and civilian hypersonic technologies programs currently under development, their history, and projections on future development initiatives.
Who Should Buy
  • Our thematic research product, supported by our thematic engine, is aimed at senior (C-Suite) executives in the corporate world, decision makers, and institutional investors.
  • Corporations: Helps CEOs, CTOs, and other senior executives of companies understand this key theme, the competitive environment, and the market opportunities.
  • Investors: Helps fund managers and other major investors focus on investment opportunities in aerospace and understand the market around hypersonic technologies
  • The key technology and commercialisation challenges that 3D printing technologies industry faces are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for prime contractors, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole 3D printing value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range of different sustainability programs currently being undertaken by various defense and aerospace companies.
Reasons to Buy
  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the 3D printing theme.
  • Understanding how spending on 3D printing will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

Executive Summary
Technology Briefing
The seven types of 3D printing technology
Fused deposition modeling
Direct metal deposition
Powder bed fusion
Binder jetting
Vat photopolymerization
4D printing
The cost of 3D printing
Technology trends
Macroeconomic trends
Regulatory trends
Aerospace and defense trends
Industry Analysis
Market size and growth forecasts
A post-COVID China and the US Government investments spurred 3D printing growth
What’s next for the 3D printing industry?
There are five clear use cases for 3D printing
Competitive analysis
Use cases
Consumer goods
M&A trends
Patent trends
Company filing trends
Hiring trends
Social media trends
Value Chain
Aerospace and defense companies
Public companies
Private companies
Sector Scorecards
3D sector scorecard
Who’s who
Thematic screen
Valuation screen
Risk screen
Further Reading
GlobalData reports
Our Thematic Research Methodology
About GlobalData
Contact Us
List of Tables
Table 1: Technology trends
Table 2: Macroeconomic trends
Table 3: Regulatory trends
Table 4: Aerospace and defense trends
Table 5: M&A trends
Table 6: Aerospace and defense companies
Table 7: Militaries
Table 8: Public companies
Table 9: Private companies
Table 10: Glossary
Table 11: GlobalData reports
List of Figures
Figure 1: Who are the leading players in the 3D printing theme, and where do they sit in the value chain?
Figure 2: There are seven primary technologies within the 3D printing industry
Figure 3: Fused deposition modeling
Figure 4: Direct metal deposition
Figure 5: Powder bed fusion
Figure 6: Binder jetting
Figure 7: Polyjet
Figure 8: Vat photopolymerization
Figure 9: Bioprinting
Figure 10: A 4D-printed object can change its shape and behavior
Figure 11: Ranking the cost of additive manufacturing methods
Figure 12: The 3D printing market will be worth $70.8 billion by 2030
Figure 13: Lead time and price are the leading factors for using 3D printing technologies
Figure 14: Prototyping is still the most popular application of 3D printing technologies
Figure 15: 3D printing is disrupting the aerospace industry
Figure 16: The first commercially available 3D-printed car
Figure 17: 3D printing repair using DED
Figure 18: 3D printing provides personalized experiences
Figure 19: The orthodontic industry was the first to use 3D printing in large-scale production
Figure 20: 3D printing expands the limits of construction
Figure 21: 3D printing is used to create jewelry
Figure 22: The alternative meat sector has embraced 3DP
Figure 23: Lego’s first commercially available 3D-printed toy
Figure 24: The 3D printing story
Figure 25: 3D printing patent grants since 2015
Figure 26: 3D printing patent filings since 2015
Figure 27: Total company filings for the 3D printing industry
Figure 28: Total 3D-printing-related active job trends
Figure 29: 3D printing social media mentions relative to related Industries
Figure 30: 3D printing social media mentions by company
Figure 31: The 3D printing value chain
Figure 32: The 3D printing value chain - Hardware
Figure 33: The 3D printing value chain - Materials
Figure 34: The 3D printing value chain - Software
Figure 35: The 3D printing value chain - Services
Figure 36: Who does what in the 3D space?
Figure 37: Thematic screen
Figure 38: Valuation screen
Figure 39: Risk screen
Figure 40: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook
Cookie Settings