Gaining altitude with PwC

May 2013
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Gaining altitude with PwC

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3D printing is making inroads into the aerospace and defense industry manufacturing value chain, and is forecasted to have an increasing numbers of applications in the near future. But will it ever become a game changer for the A&D industry? How will executives know when 3D printing is ready to be used as a legitimate production technology? For more information on this topic and to better understand what 3D printing means for the A&D industry, please read this issue of Gaining Altitude.

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Issue 7 – 3D Printing: A potential game changer for aerospace and defense

An exciting new technology has come on the scene with the potential to revolutionize the way companies manufacture products, including those for aerospace and defense (A&D). This technology is known as additive manufacturing or 3D printing. Although they are nowhere near having the capabilities of a science fiction replicator, today’s 3D printing machines have come a long way in a short time and are capable of fabricating complex components out of a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, titanium, and a variety of plastics. As evidence of its potential, 3D printing is crossing the chasm between interesting concept and legitimate production technology.

3D printing is making inroads into the manufacturing value chain, particularly within the A&D industry. 3D printing is an interesting technology and will find its way into increasing numbers of applications. But will it ever become a game changer for the A&D industry? And what should executives track to determine when 3D printing is poised to cross the chasm, if ever?

For more information on this topic and to better understand what 3D printing means for the A&D industry, please read this issue of “Gaining Altitude”.

About the series

PwC Aerospace & Defense has launched a new thought leadership series called "Gaining Altitude with PwC." In this series of whitepapers, we will share with you our insights that we gain from working with you and your peers, customers and suppliers in the ever changing dynamics of the global value chain for aerospace and defense. Our insights will cover all aspects of the program lifecycle: program strategy; bid and proposal; design, engineering and planning; field sustainment; program delivery; IT effectiveness and cross phase processes.

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