Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been a big subject over the recent years whenever new manufacturing technologies are brought up in conversation. With a lot of investment in research and development it has come a long way since the concept it used to be. There is still a long way to go as its being continuously developed and its uses are constantly expanding.
As much as Additive Manufacturing is being used in the manufacture of parts, it is now seeing further development in the use of maintenance and repairs of parts in the Aerospace industry. The cost of maintenance and repair could be greatly reduced by additively refurbishing components rather than replacing the components or even whole system that the damaged components are part of.
If this method gains acceptance for being ‘fit for purpose’ as a means of maintenance and repair for critical systems, it could have a massive impact on the aftermarket.