Infographic: The Role of 3D Printing in Aeronautics
It is no secret that not even the sky seems to be the limit for additive manufacturing nowadays. Indeed, we have seen its use in applications that are out of this world, whether by printing parts for rockets or to build shelters on the moon and Mars. But what about applications within our own atmosphere? Though we previously told you about the usage of 3D printing in space, now we are taking a closer look at how the technologies are being used in aeronautics.
Defined as “the science or art involved with the study, design, and manufacturing of air flight–capable machines,” this field includes all aircraft that do not go into space including of course airplanes, helicopters and drones. And it is one where 3D printing is incredibly relevant. The entire 3D printing in aerospace and defense market size was estimated to be worth $3.04B by Mordor Intelligence. Furthermore, this number will only grow to $7.47B as 3D printing will not only help keep older aircraft in the air, but also will be increasingly used in newer generations including by integrating end-use parts. This is not to mention the technologies use in everything from prototypes to tooling.
In order to better understand 3D printing has already been used for applications in space, as well as to explore some of the innovations both present and future in the sector, we at 3Dnatives have created a new infographic focusing on 3D printing in aeronautics. You can find it below (click on the image to zoom in).
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