From transforming the engineering behind thrusters and fuel nozzles to economic improvements in the aerospace supply chain, the adoption of 3D printing in aerospace manufacturing is slowly becoming the industry standard. Despite the rapid commercialization of 3D printing in aerospace, some may wonder; “Why use 3D printing?”. Link3D is here to help with 8 reasons why.
1. Reduce Material Weight
2. Virtual Warehouse
Rather than needing to spend money and resources on housing and transporting all the necessary pieces to build an entire plane, 3D printing allows manufacturers to only use a virtual warehouse. A virtual warehouse is essentially a compilation of data that contains all the information necessary in order to create a product.
Instead of using a physical warehouse to retrieve a particular tool to create an engine, 3D printing could print one out when needed. This process eliminates any wasted space that would otherwise be taken by pieces waiting to be used.
3. Production Without Tools
4. Part Consolidation
5. Manufacturing Speed
6. Reduce Waste
7. Shape Complexity
8. Supply Chain Efficiency
Rather than manufacturing dozens of separate pieces that need to be assembled at different phases down the supply chain, 3D printing has made it possible, for example, for entire sections of a rocket to be assembled at one time without increasing transportation costs. With unnecessary steps in the supply chain being removed, more items can be manufactured in less time, thus decreasing the time to market.
With present day technology exponentially increasing in complexity and advancement speed, it's extremely easy to get left behind. Understanding up-and-coming innovations is elementary to remaining relevant in any industry. To many, 3D printing might sound magical and unrealistic to use in a factory setting. This isn't true. 3D printing isn't going to be commercialized tomorrow — it's being commercialized today. Don't fall behind.