Since the Wright brothers launched their wood and canvas glider in the early 1900s, technology has improved considerably, making international travel and space exploration a reality. Additive production, better known as 3D printing, is playing a significant role in this revolution by lessening weight, strengthening substances and streamlining design in the aerospace market.

Aerospace has embraced 3D printing. The industry seeks parts that are lighter without having to sacrifice strength, and 3D printing meets that challenge. The aerospace industry comprises a wide range of commercial, industrial and military applications, and is constituted of sections that design, manufacture, operate and take care of the airplane or spacecraft.

Among the earliest 3D printing supporters, the airline business is a driving force in the development of the technology for both end-use parts and prototyping. Airlines depend on 3D printing to lessen supply chain constraints, limit warehouse space and reduce wasted materials from traditional production processes.

Rapidly producing airplane parts on-demand, saves huge amount of space, time and money. In fact reducing weight is the one means by which production companies conserve money because weight affects an aircraft’s payload, fuel consumption, emission, rate and safety. Unlike traditional manufacturing processes, like CNC where material is removed to make a component, 3D printers create parts from the base up layer, allowing complicated geometries and compact designs with less complete components. This translates into reduced weight in the air. As you are adding material as opposed to eliminating material, this procedure also radically reduces waste during production. Air ducts, wall panels, chair frameworks and even engine parts have benefited from weight by 3D printing.

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