Increased demand for 3D printing in helicopter MRO market

Increased demand for 3D printing in helicopter MRO market

29-Mar-2016 Source: Research & Markets

Helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) has become one of the essential practices to ensure that fleets have optimal airworthiness and an extended service life. MRO companies perform functions such as repairs, inspections, routine checks, and overhaul. The operators and OEMs are strictly governed by national and international aviation regulatory bodies, such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA), to ensure adherence to regulations regarding the performance of military helicopter MRO.

According to the report, additive manufacturing (AM) is a technique that uses materials such as metals, polymers, and composites to build objects, layer by layer. This technology is also known as 3D printing. AM allows flexibility when creating complex geometries that would otherwise be difficult with traditional manufacturing. Moreover, AM machines use materials, such as titanium, effectively with reduced waste production compared to conventional devices. AM is mainly employed for customized production and, therefore, is very economical in terms of scale and scope. This aspect highly contradicts mass production industries and makes AM a better fit for A&D industry.

Further, the report states that shortage of skilled labor has challenged the commercial and military aviation MRO services, and has hampered aircraft operations and increased the number of accidents.

Key vendors:

  • Airbus Helicopter
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Finmeccanica
  • Russian Helicopters
  • Sikorsky Aircraft

Key questions answered in this report:

  • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

Key Topics Covered:

  • PART 01: Executive summary
  • PART 02: Scope of the report
  • PART 03: Market research methodology
  • PART 04: Introduction
  • PART 05: Market landscape
  • PART 06: Global aerospace and defense supply chain system
  • PART 07: Global aerospace and defense value chain system
  • PART 08: Market segmentation by maintenance type
  • PART 09: Geographical segmentation
  • PART 10: Key leading regions
  • PART 11: Market drivers
  • PART 12: Impact of drivers
  • PART 13: Market challenges
  • PART 14: Impact of drivers and challenges
  • PART 15: Market trends
  • PART 16: Vendor landscape
  • PART 17: Key vendor analysis

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