Aerospace 3d Printing Market

Aerospace 3d Printing Market

Aerospace 3D Printing Market Forecasts to 2028 - Global Analysis By Offerings (Materials, Printers and Other Offerings), Technology (Material Extrusion Or Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM), Polymerization and Other Technologies), Platform (UAVs, Aircraft and Spacecraft), End Product (Structural Components, Engine Components and Other End Products), Printer Technology (SLA, FDM and Others), Application, End User and By Geography

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Published: 2023 ID: SMRC22629

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2022)

US $2.00 BN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $6.09 BN

CAGR (2022 - 2028)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market

Asia Pacific

Highest Growing Market

North America

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market is accounted for $2.00 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $6.09 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 20.4% during the forecast period. Using computer-aided design (CAD) models, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing creates three-dimensional objects layer by layer. The 3D printing process produces components that are more accurate and with less waste than traditional production methods. Rapid prototyping and concept creation were the main uses of 3D printing technology, but with advances in material science, the process has expanded to include the production of complicated components. The ability for engineers to replace multiple small joints and machined parts with a single, complicated component through 3D printing has created previously unheard-of economic prospects in the aerospace sector.

According to the report published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that represents 83% of total commercial air traffic, the market is up by 50% compared to 2019. It predicts the rise of air traffic by 4% over the next 20 years.

Market Dynamics:


Significant usage of 3D printing in the production of inexpensive rapid tooling

Injection moulding, thermoforming, and the fabrication of jigs and fixtures all benefit greatly from the disruption and value of 3D printing. This makes it possible for tooling for the aerospace sector to be swiftly and affordably developed before being used to generate low to medium runs of parts. These uses are anticipated to grow the 3D printing market for aircraft globally. In the aerospace industry, where production volumes are often high, 3D printing has been widely used as a prototyping solution rather than for the manufacture of finished parts. Especially for high-end interior build-outs, 3D printing has become a realistic choice for various medium-sized production runs thanks to advancements in the size, printing speed, and materials presently available.


High volume production of aerospace components is slower as compared to traditional manufacturing

In the traditional manufacturing of aerospace components, an increase in production volume leads to decreased manufacturing costs while maintaining the same production speed. However, the manufacturing costs associated with 3D printing technology rise as the production scale increases, making the technique more appropriate for smaller production volumes. In comparison to traditional manufacturing, the expenses associated with operating and purchasing 3D printing equipment and the cost of the raw materials used in 3D printing are higher. Although it can be overcome by lowering the cost of the raw materials used in 3D printing, this element presents a barrier to the expansion of the aerospace 3D printing business.


Adoption of 3D Printing by Leading Companies

In the aerospace sector, Airbus has emerged as a prominent user of additive manufacturing. Since installing the first titanium 3D-printed component for an aircraft in serial production, Airbus has added more complex 3D-printed components to its models. For instance, the Airbus A350 XWB has more than 1,000 3D-printed parts. Airbus collaborated with the Swiss OEM Liebherr-Aerospace to source more serially produced 3D-printed parts for the aircraft, including a printed nose landing. The antenna was created for Spacecom, an Israeli business that launched its AMOS 17 satellite successfully.


The post processing of 3d printed components is a time consuming procedure

Most 3D printed items need some sort of cleaning up to get rid of support material from the construction and to smooth the surface to get the desired finish, even though huge parts need post-processing. Water jetting, sanding, chemical soak and rinse, air or heat drying, assembling, and other post-processing techniques are used. Although though 3D printing enables quick creation of parts, post-processing has the potential to significantly down manufacturing time. Product deliveries may be delayed as a result of slower manufacturing because of how the supply chain may be impacted.

Covid-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a substantial detrimental influence on the market and the aviation industry between 2020 and 2022. A variety of operations in the aviation industry, including aircraft manufacture, the supply of raw materials, and the distribution network, among others, were briefly put on hold due to the global lockdown situation. These problems have had a negative impact on the supply chain, causing backlogs for the key companies and delays in aircraft delivery, which is bad for the market's expansion. A number of business stakeholders, most notably Stratasys, from the additive manufacturing sector, offered to provide medical equipment for hospitals in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

The aircraft segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The aircraft segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth. The 3D-printed components are being used by numerous aeroplane Makers in their models. For instance, in March 2021, Airbus extended its contract with Stratasys to include the fabrication of 3D-printed polymer systems for the interiors of aircraft. The renewal includes the production of parts for many more aircraft platforms in addition to spare part production, whereas the former deal only covered the A350 aircraft.

The FDM segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The FDM segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period. The FDM is being used more frequently in the aerospace industry to construct concept models made in the first stages of product development. FDM models reduce costs and development time. Moreover, FDM offers end-use components strong enough to be included into the finished product without the expense or lead-time of conventional tooling or machining.

Region with highest share:

Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the expansion of manufacturing firms in the area. Affluent chances for the market's expansion over the projection period are being presented by the presence of sophisticated development facilities and possible manufacturing facilities throughout China, South Korea, and Singapore.

Region with highest CAGR:

North America is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period, owing to the increasing need for aircraft and space exploration missions is currently driving the deployment of aerospace 3D printers in North America. The highest market share for 3D printing in aerospace is anticipated to remain in North America. The region's greater manufacturing base for aerospace components, presence of important industrial players, and rising investment in 3D printing technology may all be contributed to the market's predicted rise.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the Aerospace 3D Printing Market include EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, Stratasys Ltd, Norsk Titanium US Inc., 3D Systems, Inc., Ultimaker BV, Materialise, General Electric Company, Proto Labs, Inc., CleanGreen3D, The ExOne Company, Velo 3D, Relativity Space, SLM Solutions Group AG, EnvisionTEC and Voxeljet AG.

Key Developments:

In May 2022, Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing solutions introduced CO-AM, an open software platform to manage the additive manufacturing (AM) production process more efficiently. CO-AM will give manufacturers cloud-based access to a full range of software tools that allow them to plan, manage and optimize every stage of their AM operations. With CO AM, with this, Materialise has addressed the untapped potential to use AM for serial manufacturing and mass personalization.

In May 2022, Sratasys subsidiary MakerBot and 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker announced a merger that will see the creation of a new desktop 3D printing company. The merged company will look to provide a comprehensive ‘ecosystem’ of hardware, software and materials for the desktop 3D printing market to an expanded global customer base.

In May 2022, 3D Systems announced that aerospace manufacturer Airbus has contracted it to produce “critical components” of the satellite OneSat by Airbus. 3D Systems will now deploy its DMP Factory 500 platform to serially produce parts of its antenna arrays for the satellite.

Offerings Covered:
• Hardware
• Software
• Services
• Other Offerings

Technologies Covered:
• Material Extrusion Or Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM)
• Polymerization
• Powder Bed Fusion
• Other Technologies

Platforms Covered:
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
• Aircraft
• Spacecraft

End Products Covered:
• Structural Components
• Engine Components
• Other End Products

Printer Technologies Covered:
• Stereolithography (SLA)
• Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
• Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
• Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
• Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)
• Other Printer Technologies

Applications Covered:
• Prototyping
• Tooling
• Functional Parts
• Other Applications

End Users Covered:
• Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
• Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO)

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan
o China
o India
o Australia
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Covers Market data for the years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2025, and 2028
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Preface
2.1 Abstract
2.2 Stake Holders
2.3 Research Scope
2.4 Research Methodology
2.4.1 Data Mining
2.4.2 Data Analysis
2.4.3 Data Validation
2.4.4 Research Approach
2.5 Research Sources
2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
2.5.3 Assumptions

3 Market Trend Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Drivers
3.3 Restraints
3.4 Opportunities
3.5 Threats
3.6 Technology Analysis
3.7 Application Analysis
3.8 End User Analysis
3.9 Emerging Markets
3.10 Impact of Covid-19

4 Porters Five Force Analysis
4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Threat of substitutes
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Competitive rivalry

5 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By Offerings
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Hardware
5.2.1 Printers
5.2.2 Materials Metal and Ceramics Thermoplastics
5.3 Software
5.4 Services
5.5 Other Offerings

6 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By Technology
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Material Extrusion Or Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM)
6.3 Polymerization
6.4 Powder Bed Fusion
6.5 Other Technologies

7 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By Platform
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
7.3 Aircraft
7.4 Spacecraft

8 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By End Product
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Structural Components
8.3 Engine Components
8.4 Other End Products

9 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By Printer Technology
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Stereolithography (SLA)
9.3 Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
9.4 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
9.5 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
9.6 Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)
9.7 Other Printer Technologies

10 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By Application
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Prototyping
10.3 Tooling
10.4 Functional Parts
10.5 Other Applications

11 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By End User
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
11.3 Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO)

12 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market, By Geography
12.1 Introduction
12.2 North America
12.2.1 US
12.2.2 Canada
12.2.3 Mexico
12.3 Europe
12.3.1 Germany
12.3.2 UK
12.3.3 Italy
12.3.4 France
12.3.5 Spain
12.3.6 Rest of Europe
12.4 Asia Pacific
12.4.1 Japan
12.4.2 China
12.4.3 India
12.4.4 Australia
12.4.5 New Zealand
12.4.6 South Korea
12.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
12.5 South America
12.5.1 Argentina
12.5.2 Brazil
12.5.3 Chile
12.5.4 Rest of South America
12.6 Middle East & Africa
12.6.1 Saudi Arabia
12.6.2 UAE
12.6.3 Qatar
12.6.4 South Africa
12.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa

13 Key Developments
13.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
13.2 Acquisitions & Mergers
13.3 New Product Launch
13.4 Expansions
13.5 Other Key Strategies

14 Company Profiling
14.1 EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
14.2 Stratasys Ltd
14.3 Norsk Titanium US Inc.
14.4 3D Systems, Inc.
14.5 Ultimaker BV
14.6 Materialise
14.7 General Electric Company
14.8 Proto Labs, Inc.
14.9 CleanGreen3D
14.10 The ExOne Company
14.11 Velo 3D
14.12 Relativity Space
14.13 SLM Solutions Group AG
14.14 EnvisionTEC
14.15 Voxeljet AG

List of Tables
1 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)
2 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Offerings (2020-2028) ($MN)
3 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Hardware (2020-2028) ($MN)
4 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Printers (2020-2028) ($MN)
5 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Materials (2020-2028) ($MN)
6 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Software (2020-2028) ($MN)
7 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Services (2020-2028) ($MN)
8 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Other Offerings (2020-2028) ($MN)
9 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Technology (2020-2028) ($MN)
10 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Technology (2020-2028) ($MN)
11 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Material Extrusion Or Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM) (2020-2028) ($MN)
12 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Polymerization (2020-2028) ($MN)
13 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Powder Bed Fusion (2020-2028) ($MN)
14 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Other Technologies (2020-2028) ($MN)
15 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Platform (2020-2028) ($MN)
16 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (2020-2028) ($MN)
17 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Aircraft (2020-2028) ($MN)
18 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Spacecraft (2020-2028) ($MN)
19 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By End Product (2020-2028) ($MN)
20 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Structural Components (2020-2028) ($MN)
21 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Engine Components (2020-2028) ($MN)
22 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Other End Products (2020-2028) ($MN)
23 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Printer Technology (2020-2028) ($MN)
24 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Stereolithography (SLA) (2020-2028) ($MN)
25 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Selective Laser Melting (SLM) (2020-2028) ($MN)
26 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) (2020-2028) ($MN)
27 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) (2020-2028) ($MN)
28 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) (2020-2028) ($MN)
29 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Other Printer Technologies (2020-2028) ($MN)
30 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Application (2020-2028) ($MN)
31 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Prototyping (2020-2028) ($MN)
32 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Tooling (2020-2028) ($MN)
33 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Functional Parts (2020-2028) ($MN)
34 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Other Applications (2020-2028) ($MN)
35 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By End User (2020-2028) ($MN)
36 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (2020-2028) ($MN)
37 Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market Outlook, By Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) (2020-2028) ($MN)

Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.


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