3D Printing to Boost Plastic Consumption in Aircraft Manufacturing

Thu, 26 November 2020 10:14

3D printing is considered the third industrial revolution comprised of exceptional technologies and digital connectedness. 3D printing has emerged as a disruptive innovation for the aircraft manufacturing industry enabling a wide array of benefits over traditional manufacturing methods. As compared to a few years ago, 3D printing enables customized production with a new iterative design-build process lowering the cost of production and provides finished products within a fraction of time. Aerospace stakeholders embrace 3D printing beyond prototyping and aggressively chase new technologies to fabricate various parts, including production tooling, jigs, fixtures, and complicated lightweight wing assemblies.

3D printing has empowered design flexibility for aircraft manufacturers. Now, parts can be designed with complex geometries and shapes that are impossible to manufacture with traditional methods such as CNC machining and other tooling processes.

In the wake of stringent environmental regulations, 3D printing significantly drove down the weight of aircraft and the overall cost of production and operations. The lower weight of the aircraft results in a better economy while adhering to the stringent emission norms. The scale and range of 3D printable parts in the aerospace industry have increased with the evolution of printing techniques and compatible materials. For instance, Advanced Composite Structures Inc. produces several parts and components using composite materials.

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3D printing has revolutionized the process when it comes to manufacturing hollow composite parts. Furthermore,it has eliminated the tooling cost to wrap composite around the core and two-piece clamshell tooling. Plastics are one of the preferred choices of 3D printing providers, which ultimately supports the growth of the global aerospace plastics market. 

North America to Dominate Aerospace Plastics Market

Geographically, the global aerospace plastics market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Central and South America and the Caribbean, Middle East, and Africa. North America leads the aerospace plastics market and is expected to remain the same trend during the forecast period. This accredited to the stringent regulatory norms, huge aviation industry, presence of largest aircraft manufacturers, a large number of maintenances, repair, and overhaul (MRO) organizations. Europe has emerged as the second-largest market for aerospace plastics, followed by the Asia-Pacific.

Aerospace Plastics Market Segmentation

By Polymer Type

  • PMMA
  • PC
  • ABS
  • PEEK
  • PPS

By Aircraft Type

  • Commercial Aircraft
  • General and Business Aircraft
  • Military Aircraft
  • Rotary Aircraft

By Application

  • Aerostructure
  • Components
  • Equipment, systems & support
  • Cabin interiors
  • Propulsion systems
  • Satellites
  • Others

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • France
  • The U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia
  • The Rest of Europe


  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • The Rest of Europe

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • The Rest of Central and South America and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • The Rest of the Middle East


  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • The Rest of Africa

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