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REPORT # ST-006 PUBLISHED February 10, 2014
Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Aerospace Industry:  A Ten-Year Forecast
  • Smart Technology

    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.

    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.


    Chapter One: Intro
    1.1 Background
    1.2 Opportunities In The Aerospace Industry
    1.3 Scope of This Report
    1.4 Methodology of This Report
    1.5 Plan of This Report

    Chapter Two: Current Applications for Additive Manufacturing in Commercial Aviation
    2.1 Viable Substitutes For Complex Sub-Assemblies
    2.1.1 Tier-Two Contracting Applications
    2.1.2 Tier-Three Contracting Applications
    2.2 Weight Reduction In Cabin Parts
    2.2.1 Re-Tooling The Existing Commercial Fleet
    2.2.2 Taking Advantage of CAD/CAM Design
    2.3 Ameliorating The Supply Chain For Replacement Parts
    2.3.1 Interfacing with the Open Aerospace Exchange
    2.4 Super Plastics As A Substitute For Small Metal Parts
    2.5 Functional Prototypes As A Competitive Advantage
    2.5.1 The Benefits of 3D Printing Clusters
    2.5.2 Assembling The Correct Portfolio of 3D Printers
    2.6 Next Level Integration AM-enabled Designs Into Airplane Designs
    2.7 Coping With Exacting Materials and Part Performance Requirements
    2.7.1 Progress in Materials Qualification
    2.7.2 New Innovations In Material Qualifications, Standards, and Regulation
    2.7.3 Test Equipment and Services

    Chapter Three: Additive Manufacturing in Military Applications
    3.1 Streamlining Development and Cycles and Combating Technological Crawl
    3.1.1 CAD/CAM Enables New Coordination And Collaboration
    3.2 Low-Volume Manufacturing Could Usher In New Production Paradigms
    3.2.1 The Last Generation of Combat Fighter: The Ever-Evolving Design
    3.3 Specific Applications in Military
    3.3.1 Fighter Aircraft
    3.3.2 Transport Aircraft
    3.3.3 Helicopters
    3.3.4 Drones
    3.4 AM In Combat Settings

    Chapter Four: Current Applications for Additive Manufacturing (AM) in Space Industry
    4.1 One-off Parts And Their Drag On The Economics of Space Travel
    4.2 Functional Prototyping Reduces Development Times
    4.3 Materials Cleared For Use In Space
    4.4 3D Printers In Space

    Chapter Five: Analysis of Key AM Equipment Manufacturers
    5.1 3D Systems
    5.2 Ex-One
    5.3 GE
    5.4 Arcam
    5.5 Concept Laser
    5.6 EOS
    5.7 Renishaw
    5.8 SLM Solutions
    5.9 Trumpf
    5.10 Sciaki
    5.11 DM3D Technologies
    5.12 Stratsys
    5.13 Voxeljet
    5.14 EnvisionTEC

    Chapter Six: Ten-Year Forecasts For 3D Printing In Aerospace
    6.1 Equipment
    6.2 Materials
    6.3 Software
    6.4 Services
    6.4.1 Market For Complex Sub-Assemblies
    6.4.2 Market For Replacement Parts
    6.4.3 Market For Functional Prototypes
    6.4.4 Market For Super Plastic Applications

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