In 2015, Airbus acquired a patent allowing them to construct aircrafts using 3D printing technology, potentially transforming flying and the way aircraft are built.
The patent outlines that 3D printing could be utilised to create wings and a fuselage, among other things. This could inevitably reduce massive order backlogs, as well as produce parts far more quickly, efficiently, and economically. This method may also produce parts that are more superior and complex than those made using traditional methods. Using 3D printing may also help in reducing emissions and the environment, due to the lighter materials used by 3D Printing: lighter aircrafts burn less fuel.
3D printing is already making tremendous changings in many industries, so it will be interesting to see where it takes the Airline industry.