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Additive Manufacturing Opportunities In The Aerospace Industry: A Ten-year Forecast


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Published on Mar 13, 2014 SKU SMP-AM-AERO-0314 Category Tag
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The AM Value Proposition for Aerospace
1.1 Design Improvement
1.1.1 Weight Reduction
1.1.2 Performance Improvements
1.1.3 Simplification
1.2 COGS Improvements
1.3 Lead Time Reduction
1.4 Reduced Environmental Impact
1.5 Opportunities For Commercial Aviation
1.6 Opportunities in Military And Defense
1.7 Opportunities In Space
1.8 Summary Forecasts

Chapter 2: Non-Manufacturing AM Technologies
2.1 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Opportunities In Aerospace
2.1.1 Continued Opportunities In Prototyping.
2.1.2 FDM In Functional Prototyping and End-Use Part Manufacturing
2.1.3 FDM Players and Equipment
2.2 Stereo-Lithography in Aerospace
2.2.1 Key Players and Equipment
2.2.2 Opportunities for AM Manufactured Ceramic In Aerospace
2.2.3 Lithoz

Chapter 3: Manufacturing Processes In Aerospace
3.1 Opportunities For SLS in Aerospace
3.1.1 Technologies and Equipment
3.1.2 EOS
3.1.3 3D Systems
3.1.4 Hunan Farsoon
3.1.5 Beijing Long Juan
3.2 Characterizing Competition In Metal Powder-Bed AM Equipment
3.3 Trends In Powder Bed Printing Technologies
3.3.1 Improved Operational Safety Standards
3.3.2 Build Envelope Expansion
3.3.3 Automatic Powder Delivery and Recycling Systems
3.3.4 Multiple Melt Pool Technologies
3.3.5 Modular System Design
3.3.6 Quality Assurance Systems
3.3.7 Key Value Drivers In Metal Powder Bed Systems
3.4 Analysis of Metal Powder Bed AM Technologies
3.4.1 3D Systems: Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
3.4.2 Arcam: Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
3.4.3 Concept Laser, EOS, and Trumpf
3.5 Applications For Metal AM Powder Bed Systems
3.5.1 Future Considerations for Limiting Factors
3.6 Non-Powder Bed Metal AM Technologies
3.6.1 Sciaky
3.6.2 Optomec

Chapter 4: Interfacing With the Aerospace Industry
4.1 Current State of AM In Aerospace
4.2 AM in Commercial Aviation
4.2.1 Tooling
4.2.2 Non-Structural Cabin Components
4.2.3 Hinges and Brackets
4.2.4 Pressurized Lines and Air Ducts
4.2.5 Housing Components
4.2.6 Engine Components
4.2.7 Wing Spar Components
4.3 AM in Military & Defense
4.3.1 Missiles
4.3.2 Military Aircraft
4.3.3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s)
4.4 AM in Space
4.4.1 Satellites
4.4.2 Rockets
4.4.3 Spacecraft Applications
4.4.4 Printing In Space
4.5 Getting AM Parts Into the Air
4.5.1 The Hands-Off Approach
4.5.2 The “Do It All Yourself” Approach
4.5.3 The Collaborative Model
4.6 The New Aerospace AM Paradigm
4.7 AM Will Lead to Re-Balancing Competitive Forces In the Aerospace Industry

Chapter 5: Aerospace Forecasts
5.1 Summary Forecasts
5.2 Method #1: Top-To-Bottom Analysis
5.3 Method #2 Bottom-To-Top Analysis

Chapter 6: Companies To Watch In 2014
6.1 3D Systems
6.2 GE
6.3 Arcam
6.4 Concept Laser
6.5 EOS
6.6 SLM Solutions
6.7 Oxford Performance Materials
6.8 Sciaky
6.9 RTI International Metals

About SmarTech Markets Publishing
About the Analyst 
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report 

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Method #1: AM Aerospace Top-Down Market Summary
Exhibit 1-2: Method #2: AM Aerospace Bottom-Up Market Summary
Exhibit 2-1: Niche Opportunities for FDM In Aerospace
Exhibit 3-1: Opportunities for SLS Manufactured Components In Aerospace
Exhibit 3-2: Discussion of Metal Powder Bed Technologies Capable of Maintaining Multiple Melt Pools
Exhibit 3-3: Benefits of Modularly Designed AM Systems
Exhibit 3-4: Pros and Cons of Small Metal Particle AM Processes
Exhibit 3-5: Factors Limiting the Addressable Market for Metal Powder Bed AM Parts
Exhibit 3-6: Addressable Market for Metal Powder Bed AM Parts
Exhibit 4-1: Current Number of AM Printers Installed in Aerospace
Exhibit 4-2: 2014 AM Printers sold by Process
Exhibit 4-3: Engine Components Suitable for AM Manufacturing
Exhibit 4-4: Imperative to Advance AM In Aerospace
Exhibit 5-1: Method #1: AM Aerospace Top-Down Market  Summary
Exhibit 5-2: Method #2: AM Aerospace Bottom-Up Market  Summary
Exhibit 5-3: Comparison of the Two Forecasting Results
Exhibit 5-4: High Low Values for the Two Forecasting Methods (2014-2018)
Exhibit 5-5: Aerospace R&D Funds Available For AM
Exhibit 5-6: Aerospace Total AM Funds Broken Out By Product Type
Exhibit 5-7: Funds Available for AM Equipment Broken Out By Metal AM Printing Processes
Exhibit 5-8: Funds Available for AM Equipment Broken Out by Plastic AM Printing Processes
Exhibit 5-9: Funds Available For AM Materials Broken Out By Metal Material
Exhibit 5-10: Funds Available for AM Materials Broken Out by Plastic Material
Exhibit 5-11: 10-Year Forecast of the Number of Metal Printers In the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit 5-12: 10-Year Forecast of the Number of SLS Printers In the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit 5-13: 10-Year Forecast of the Number of SL/SLA Printers In the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit 5-14: 10-Year Forecast of the Number of FDM Printers In the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit 5-15: Summary of AM Equipment Installed By Printer Type
Exhibit 5-16: Summary of AM Equipment Shipped By Printer Type
Exhibit 5-17: Summary of AM Equipment Market By Printer Type
Exhibit 5-18: 10-Year Forecast For AM Materials
Exhibit 5-19: 10-Year Forecast for AM Related Software
Exhibit 5-20: 10-Year Forecast For AM Services
Exhibit 6-1: 3D System’s Revenues 2010 -2014

The aerospace is regularly discussed as one of the largest opportunities for additive manufacturing (AM) over the next decade. These discussions point to the sizeable demand in the aerospace industry for high-value, metal parts that are as complex as they are compact. This demand creates large opportunities to design, produce, and supply parts manufactured with AM processes to an industry with fat pockets.

The aerospace industry exhibits a number of characteristics that have 3D entrepreneurs licking their chops. AM has the potential to improve supply chain paradigms, minimize replacement part inventories, and streamline production processes.   In fact, many AM companies recognize these opportunities and are racing to provide products that can serve latent demand in the aerospace industry.

In this report, SmarTech identifies the profitable opportunities of AM applications in aerospace industry. More than merely speculating on what AM can do in the aerospace industry, this report focuses down on exactly where and how AM will be implemented in the aerospace industry supply chain and business activities.  Readers of the report will gain an in-depth understanding of what AM means to the aerospace industry, as well as a comprehensive framework for understanding new developments in the industry.

Each chapter of the report breaks down one of the three specific sectors of the aerospace industry that will be affected by AM over the next ten years: commercial aviation, military aircraft, and spacecraft. Each chapter provides critical analysis through an exploration of the processes, software, materials, services, and major players active in the industry. This report also provides the reader with a clear understanding of technological progress, market size, time to market, and associated risks for the multi-million dollar opportunities for AM in aerospace.

This report also analyzes the largest AM equipment manufacturers likely to supply the industry. Product portfolios are strategically analyzed to offer insight on how the specific technologies behind AM systems will affect their adoption in the aerospace industry.

As with other SmarTech offerings, this report contains ten years forecasts on AM equipment, materials, software, services, and opportunities in the aerospace sector. These forecasts are collected from an exhaustive number of interviews conducted with professionals in the aerospace and AM industries. Detailed forecasts allow business executives to stand on solid ground when crafting strategy, as well as confirm internally generated numbers with a reputable outside source.

SmarTech believes that this report will provide invaluable guidance for material, software, and equipment manufacturing companies in the aerospace industry, 3D printing industry, and other related sectors. We also think that this report will be required reading for investors examining aerospace industry opportunities.