Global Aerospace Analyzes Potential Liability from Growing Use of 3-D Printers

July 20, 2015

The International Union of Aerospace Insurers (IUAI) held its annual general meeting (AGM) in Bengaluru, India, which included a session on the potential impact of 3-D printing in aerospace manufacturing in the future.

A bulletin from the IUAI, following the conference indicates that the “growing use of 3-D printing in the manufacture of aviation parts has the potential to create a new breed of liability risks for the industry insurers.”

Martin Cox, Underwriting Executive Global Aerospace, speaking at the AGM, told delegates that the aviation sector “had been an early adopter of the process and leading aerospace manufacturers were already using parts manufactured via additive layer manufacturing (ALM). Boeing manufactured 22,000 components last year via ALM and by 2020 GE Aviation expects to manufacture 100,000 components via 3-D.”    Read full IUAI press release.