The aerospace industry is starting to move away from metal towards 3D-printed parts, using a flame, smoke and toxicity-retardant plastic called Ultem that was invented several decades ago by GE Plastics.

3D-printing is becoming highly prized in aerospace manufacturing for its speed in prototyping and production, as well as the fact that it has full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US.

Ed Lowney, vice president of manufacturing for Custom Control Concepts, explains why 3D-printing is helping his firm to innovate and reduce production costs.