The aerospace industry includes a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, and is comprised of departments that design, manufacture, operate and maintain the aircrafts. Among the first advocates of 3D printing, the airline industry is a driving force in the evolution of this technology for both manufacturing end-use parts and prototyping. Airlines depend on 3D printing to alleviate supply chain constraints, limit warehouse space and reduce wasted materials from traditional manufacturing processes. Rapidly producing aircraft parts on demand saves an enormous amountof space, time, and money.
Due to the shortage of parts, the aerospace industry is one of the prime candidates to benefit from 3D printing. It gives companies the flexibility to print specific aerospace parts for applications in the hundreds or thousands without shelling out much money. Beyond part production, 3D printing improves manufacturing capabilities for tools that are needed to create those parts. It can also facilitate light weighting efforts for aerospace structures, decreasing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment.