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Opportunities For Additive Manufacturing In Aerospace 2017 - Civil Aviation: An Opportunity Analysis And Ten-year Forecast


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Published on May 13, 2017 SKU SMP-AM-AERO2017-0517 Category Tag

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Manufacturing of civil aircraft – that is planes for commercial and general aviation – has already emerged as the first industry sector where 3D printing is an established manufacturing modality. We continue to see important new opportunities emerge in this area in both metal AM and the polymer AM (metal replacement and composite).  This report identifies and quantifies the business potential of these new trends in additive manufacturing in aerospace.  The report includes:

  • Detailed ten-year forecasts of the revenue generation potential for additive manufacturing in the civil aviation sector.  These forecasts are presented in both volume and value ($ Millions) terms and cover printer shipments and install base, revenues from specialist aerospace service bureaus, aerospace-related AM software, and materials (metals, polymers and composites).
  • A strategic assessment of the leading firms supplying the “additive aerospace” sector.  In this assessment, we also take into consideration the commercial impact of the rapidly growing number of companies that are targeting aerospace firms as potential customers.
  • An analysis of how this segment of the aerospace industry is changing its strategies and adoption patterns for metal AM and is exploiting the increases in speed, part size and process automation that have occurred in the last few years.
  • A discussion of how the absence an appropriate software infrastructure for “additive aerospace” was impacting the market and how significant investments made in this area are going to lead to a much more rapid adoption of the technology. Here there appears to be an opportunity to market new software packages to fully support all phases the AM process, from CAD to PLM to enterprise infrastructure.”

The aerospace segment has seen larger than ever before investments in AM hardware and materials and these trends continue to indicate that the market for AM in commercial and general aviation is still only at the very beginning of its potential growth curve.

This report is based on extensive interviews in the “additive aerospace” sector as well as on SmarTech’s extensive database of information and proprietary market forecasts in this space.  The report will be highly valuable to marketing, business development and production executives at 3D printer makers, AM material companies, specialist service bureau, as well as within the aerospace industry itself.