Sourcing Low-Criticality Parts for Aircraft:
The Additive Manufacturing Opportunity for Aerospace Supply Chain Management

Produced by the aerospace team at Materialise, this whitepaper offers an overview of the supply chain benefits and opportunities of using AM for the manufacturing of low-criticality plastic parts.

With this whitepaper, you will learn:

  • the specific supply chain benefits of additive manufacturing
  • the sweet spot for AM in terms of typical parts, volumes, and costs
  • how it works and what you need to consider
  • AM opportunities beyond supply chain streamlining


Sourcing Low-Criticality Aerospace Parts with AM


The industry conversation around additive manufacturing (AM) still frequently focuses on printing safety-critical metallic parts. But it is also in low-criticality, plastic parts that AM presents a golden opportunity. Here, AM has a clear commercial benefit to offer: adding much-needed flex to aerospace supply chains by enabling quick on-demand production of short series, eliminating overstock and warehousing costs.

About additive manufacturing for aerospace at Materialise

From the industry’s leading OEMs to eVTOL start-ups, from MROs to tier one and two suppliers, Materialise engages with the full breadth of the aerospace industry. As a Part 21.G-certified manufacturer, we offer additive manufacturing of flying parts as well as innovation and adoption support for every stage of your journey. Learn more here, or get in touch to speak with our aerospace team.


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