Additive manufacturing in aeronautics is causing a genuine revolution, transforming traditional processes of design and production. Thanks to 3D printing, it is now possible to design lighter and more innovative parts in a minimum of time and at lower design cost. The result is faster production times and cost optimization. Thanks to 3d printed parts, the aeronautics industry is able to constantly optimize aircraft production in terms of weight and fuel consumption.


The large aeronautics operators cause the 3D market to soar!


All the international groups in the aeronautics sector are investing in 3D printing, incorporating the technology within their industrialization processes in order to maximize its benefits. For example, 20 sites are already equipped with 3D printers at the Boeing group and 1,000 parts are already being produced using 3D printers at Airbus. The Safran group has invested 68 million euros establishing a 10,000 m2 campus dedicated to 3D, scheduled to come on stream in 2021. The prowess of this new 3D technology is giving wings to all aeronautics groups: Segula Technologies, Bombardier, General Electric and Dassault have already been exploiting additive manufacturing for a number of years now!


The most common 3D applications in the aeronautics sector


  • Engine parts (turbine casings, turbines, auxiliary power units, fuel injectors, swirl combustion chambers)
  • Cabin parts (aircraft seats)
  • Various tools