Advancements made in metal additive manufacturing (AM) equipment, materials, and processes have led to expanded applications in the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) sector. Aerospace is a highly regulated industry. To direct-print production parts, a clear path toward certification for each and every component manufactured through AM needs to be followed. Supporting low volume demand has been one of the areas of focus in the past, as have been complex new products. AM has promised the potential to disrupt a firmly established supply chain. Today, Honeywell has made the transition from using AM strictly for the benefit it provides in making tooling and prototypes to manufacturing certified commercial and defense aerospace hardware. In order to meet the challenge of creating a study source of supply, a stable supply-chain has to be developed that can reliably deliver the needed hardware from individual parts in repair & overhaul applications to 100’s or even 1000’s per year in OEM applications.
- Understand what gains have been made in the industrialization of AM in Aerospace
- Understand the requirements to play in this sizeable market segment, from printer manufacturers to powder suppliers, to service providers