3DP opportunity Aerospace Defense2018-10-23T11:38:37+00:00

Project Description

3DP OPPORTUNITY AEROSPACE DEFENSE

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry was an early adopter of AM technology.

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3DP OPPORTUNITY AEROSPACE DEFENSE

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry was an early adopter of AM technology.

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Description

Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Defense

ADDITIVE manufacturing (AM), popularly known as 3D printing, is a manufacturing technique that builds objects layer by layer using materials such as polymers, metals, and composites.

In the early stages of the 30 years of AM’s deployment, the technology was largely geared toward prototyping and tooling applications; however, in recent years, AM has found success in end-part production, driven by improved manufacturability and reduced lead time compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry was an early adopter of AM technology. The history of AM traces back to 1983 with some A&D companies beginning experimentation with the technology as early as 1988.2 Over the years, AM’s adoption has increased across industries, with the A&D industry contributing about 10.2 percent of AM’s $2.2 billion global revenues in 2012.3

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