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3D Printing White Paper Aerospace

3D Printing White Paper—Aerospace

Aerospace is an influential industry, with a long history of leading the pack as an early adopter of innovative technologies. The aerospace industry was the first to utilize carbon fiber and it was the first to fully integrate CAD/CAM into its design process. We find countless examples of trends that started exclusively within aerospace then rippling through all other industries. In this featured white paper download, Joe Hiemenz from Stratasys discusses extending the frontier of the possible, barriers to adoption and the status quo, driving down costs, weight and safety, manufacturing processes, tooling and much more.

Read Aerospace White Paper // Trends in Aerospace

For aerospace, 3D printing has become a strategic tool for almost every step of the development and production processes—design, testing, tooling and production—and extending beyond aircraft manufacturing into ground support systems and repair. Use of 3D printing for a wide range of parts is growing for Aerospace OEMs, defense contractors, MRO players and “new space” startups, with additive manufacturing usage burgeoning into production of airborne parts and complete assemblies. 3D printing allows smaller companies to compete with industry giants through business flexibility and agility. It empowers companies to accelerate time to market, improve the quality of their designs and become more cost-effective.



Whether used in prototyping, tooling or short-run manufacturing, 3D printing is essential to staying competitive in this rapidly changing world.

Read Aerospace Case Study // Accelerated Product Development Using 3D Printing

Read Aerospace Case Study // Reduce Cost With Direct Digital Manufacturing

Have you embraced 3D printing to help you accelerate innovation? The pattern of adoption and outcomes from implementation are clear: 3D printing accelerates change in aerospace manufacturing, and companies small and large should embrace and learn to leverage this technology. The pattern of adoption and outcomes from implementation are clear: 3D printing accelerates change in aerospace manufacturing, and companies small and large can realize major benefits from leveraging this technology.

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