3D Printing in the Aerospace Industry

Miller 3D Partner, Markforged is helping aerospace industry engineers to reimagine the way aircraft parts are produced. With the new and innovative technology, engineers are printing on-demand MRO and spare parts for commercial aviation, Urban Air Mobility, and NASA, just to name a few applications. As a result, aerospace industry leaders are improving responsiveness to rapidly shifting supply chains and labor availability with the shifts into Additive Manufacturing.

These new materials are purpose-built for the requirements of the aerospace industry. For example, most parts printed with FR-A materials establish lot-level traceability and pass the test suite necessary for qualification under 14 CFR 25.853. In addition, Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fiber FR-A as printed on the Markforged X7 are undergoing qualification through the NCAMP process.

In addition, our contract 3D printing services are a great way to prototype a part for an aerospace application before purchasing the technology.

Spools of CF-FR and Onyx-FR-A
3D Printer aircraft Center Console cup holder in aircraft in cock pit

The Future of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry

The U.S. and Canada are witnessing an increasing adoption of 3D printing technologies in the aerospace industry. As a result, the North American region as a whole is projected to be the largest market for aerospace 3D printing. The increased demand for lightweight aircraft components integrates perfectly with the 3D printing industry as a whole in general. The introduction of Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fiber FR-A is only the beginning of where these applications are headed. We are expecting to see more applications for additive manufacturing because these parts are high quality, and the engineers can make changes quickly in accordance to customer requests. The accuracy, profitability, and inspection processes of 3D printing continues to increase with artificial intelligence, new printers, and improved software. As a result, it makes sense for more engineering and contract manufacturing companies to begin integrating this technology into their aerospace industry workflows.

Underneath view of a plane