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This market research study identifies Airbus, Boeing, GE, Honeywell International, and Rolls-Royce as the leading players in the global aerospace 3D printing market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by aircraft parts (aircraft components, airframe, and others) and geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).
The global aerospace 3D printing market is anticipated to grow rapidly and will post a CAGR of close to 56% during the forecast period. The increasing trend of miniaturization of jet engines will fuel the growth prospects for the global aerospace 3D printing market during the forecast period. One of the major factors that result in the popularity of miniaturization using 3D printing techniques is the increased fuel efficiency and lower operating cost. In addition, the use of a small and light compressor system saves a considerable amount of fuel because the gas turbine utilizes pulsed injection of fuel to create pressure in both the compressor and combustion chamber. Furthermore, an innovative technology called the actuator is designed by using the 3D printing technology for use in compressor blades, which can control the airflow at a speed of over 700 miles per hour. Once the air control is optimized, the system’s stability is expected to improve significantly. Moreover, 3D printing technologies can be used to design aircraft engines that are much smaller in size. For instance, in the US, GE Aviation developed a 3D printed miniature jet engine prototype by melting metal powder layer upon layer.
The introduction of new methods to create screw threads using 3D printing techniques will drive the growth prospects for the market until the end of 2020. Some of these methods include printing pocket for metal threads, printing threads and shaping using a tap, and thread-cutting screws for plastics. Several male and female threads are printed using Form 1 and Form 2 equipment of US-based Formlabs. Moreover, the printed threads created for smaller screws must undergo modification to produce a better fastener. These factors encourage the aerospace industry to adopt 3D printing techniques to manufacture aircraft parts ranging from smaller mechanical tools to larger aircraft.
The market is highly competitive due to the presence of several prominent players competing against each other to increase their market shares. New players entering the market are offering a comprehensive array of components and subsystems using the 3D printing manufacturing technology in a financially viable way. In addition, to compete against the prominent vendors, the small companies are strategically opting for joint development efforts. Also, factors such as mergers and acquisitions will lead to enhancement of product portfolio of various vendors.
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Other prominent vendors in the market include AERIA Luxury Interiors, JBRND, Moog, MTU Aero Engines, Norsk Titanium, and Pratt & Whitney.
The aerospace components segment accounted for the maximum market share during 2015 and will continue to dominate the market for the next few years. One of the major factors contributing to the market segment’s growth is the increasing demand for production of lightweight and smaller engine components.
In terms of geography, the Americas accounted for the maximum market share during 2015 and will continue to dominate the market for the next few years. One of the major reasons behind the increased adoption of 3D printing techniques in the aircraft manufacturing process is the growing adoption of additive technologies among the OEMs.
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