SmarTech has identified four ways that the aerospace industry expects to derive value from additive manufacturing (AM) in the aerospace field at the strategic level.  In this White Paper, we examine four supposedly critical aspects of AM in the aerospace industry, which are (1) reduction of lead times, (2) reduction of component weight, (3) reduction of both production and operational costs, and (4) reduction of the negative environmental impacts of production. Our research has revealed that some of these factors will be a source of great value for aerospace manufacturers over the next ten years, while others contain more fluff than substance.

The analysis in this report comes from SmarTech’s recent report “Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Aerospace Industry:  A Ten-Year Forecast.” More details of this report can be found at Additive Manufacturing Opportunities In The Aerospace Industry: A Ten Year Forecast