The escalating time and costs involved in aircraft manufacturing have brought additive manufacturing (AM) into the spotlight in the aviation industry, says a new paper from Frost & Sullivan. Aircraft manufacturers are breaking away from conventional manufacturing methods and embracing AM for superior lead times, efficiency, and the ability to produce complex geometries that support the fuel-efficiency and cost targets of operators and platform/system/part suppliers. Mega factories are decentralizing as well, giving AM companies a bigger customer base. These disruptive changes in methods and models in the commercial aviation industry are crucial for it to meet growing demand, especially in
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