Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace, Defence, and Space: Trends and Analysis 2016

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has the potential to transform military supply chains and profoundly change the dynamics of the aerospace and defence industry. Despite being around since the 1980s, the technology is rapidly developing into a commercially viable alternative to traditional manufacturing processes, pushing engineering boundaries and allowing companies to make complex objects and products never before possible.

Ahead of the Additive Manufacturing for Defence and Aerospace summit in February 2016, Defence IQ commissioned a survey of AM experts and A&D industry professionals, which is the first of its kind, to gauge how the market is evolving and to identify the key trends as AM methods grow from small research projects into large scale production runs.

Based on a survey of 126 industry experts, this report looks to analyse the data and provide an insight into the AM market for defence and aerospace. It explores the key benefits and challenges of the technology, who the market leaders are in this space, which organisations should lead efforts to standardise certification and quality controls, and asks the likelihood of AM being standard practice in the future.