3D printing Report

Applications of 3D Printing 2014-2024: Forecasts, Markets, Players

 
3D printing markets are growing in both depth and breadth. The global 3D printing market will reach at least $7 billion by 2025, which includes a conservative estimate of $3 billion for bioprinting. Traditional applications such as prototyping continue to grow but have been, and will continue to be, augmented with a wide variety of new applications.
 
The sudden growth in 3D printing was driven by the expiration of key patents that allowed dozens of small companies to start producing cheap, desktop 3D printers for consumers. This fuelled a media frenzy that thrust 3D printing into the limelight decades after its original commercialization. For example, newcomer Makerbot quickly overtook established players 3D Systems and Stratasys in terms of both installed base and proportion of Google searches:
 
Figure 1. Proportion of Google searches for three main players
 
 
Source: Google Trends
Although the size of the market for consumer 3D printers is relatively small because the printers are so much cheaper, the impact they are having is huge. 3D printing is now a household name.
 
This report shows that the majority of 3D printing applications are still embryonic in terms of development. The hype around consumer printers is dying out but will soon be replaced with hype around 3D printed critical components in commercial airliners; fully-printed rocket engines; 3D printing in schools and universities; animal-rights-friendly bioprinted human tissues for drug toxicity and cosmetics testing; and, ultimately, 3D printed electrics and electronics starting with the replacement of wiring with functional 3D printed enclosures containing embedded conductive pathways:
 
Figure 2. 3D printing application hype curve
 
 
Source: IDTechEx
 
Here, IDTechEx has pinpointed the current status of existing and emerging 3D printing application on the hype curve.
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Table of Contents
1.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
2.EXISTING APPLICATIONS OF 3D PRINTING
2.2.Aerospace
2.2.1.Jet engine fuel nozzles
2.2.2.KySat-2
2.2.3.SULSA
2.3.Architecture
2.4.Automotive
2.4.1.Prototyping
2.4.2.Areion and Eve
2.4.3.Triumph Rocket III
2.5.Art
2.5.1.Action figures
2.5.2.Jewelry
2.5.3.Miniatures
2.5.4.Ornaments
2.5.5.Props
2.6.Consumer
2.7.Clothing
2.8.Education
2.8.1.Brain surgery
2.8.2.Mock-up Fluoroscopic C-Arm
2.9.Gadgets
2.9.1.iPhone cases
2.9.2.iPod holders
2.10.Hobbyist
2.11.Justice
2.11.2.Maps
2.12.Medical
2.12.1.Orthopaedics
2.13.Prototyping
2.14.Sport
3.EMERGING APPLICATIONS OF 3D PRINTING
3.1.Aerospace
3.1.1.Landing gear
3.1.2.Jet engine brackets
3.1.3.Jet engine low-pressure turbine blades
3.1.4.Rocket engines
3.1.5.SpaceX
3.1.6.AMAZE
3.2.Art
3.3.Automotive
3.3.1.Urbee 2
3.4.Construction
3.4.1.Bricks
3.4.2.Concrete
3.5.Education
3.6.Food
3.6.1.Confectionaries
3.6.2.Meat
3.7.Advanced design
3.8.Mechanical
3.9.Medical
3.9.1.Bacterial traps
3.9.2.Microstructures
3.9.3.Nerves
3.9.4.Organ tissue
3.9.5.Prosthetics
3.9.6.Skin
3.10.Printed electronics
3.11.Printed solder
3.11.2.Conductive thermoplastic filament
3.11.3.Conductive inks
3.12.Space
3.12.1.On-orbit
3.12.2.Lunar
3.12.3.Mars
4.MAIN PLAYERS AND END USERS
4.1.3DPonics
4.2.Biobots
4.3.BMW
4.4.Boeing
4.5.BotFactory
4.6.Chemcubed
4.7.CRP Group
4.8.Dyson
4.9.EPSRC
4.10.Ford Motor Company
4.11.Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance
4.12.Fripp Design Ltd
4.13.Impossible Objects
4.14.Lockheed Martin
4.15.LUXeXceL
4.16.Nascent Objects, Inc
4.17.Norsk Titanium
4.18.Orbital Composites
4.19.Organovo
4.20.Reebok International
4.21.Star Prototype
4.22.Volvo Construction Equipment
4.23.Voxel8
5.TECHNOLOGY READINESS
5.1.Larger build volumes
5.2.Build speed vs precision
5.3.Software
5.4.Non-destructive examination (NDE)
5.5.The concept of layers
5.6.Cost of printers
5.7.Feedback
5.8.Energy efficiency
5.9.Materials
6.MARKET READINESS
6.2.Aerospace
6.3.Architecture
6.4.Construction
6.5.Consumer print services
6.6.Consumer printers and scanners
6.7.Jewelry
6.8.Medical
7.MARKET SIZE AND GROWTH
7.1.Aerospace
7.2.Architecture
7.3.Automotive
7.4.Construction
7.5.Dental
7.6.Education
7.7.Food
7.8.Jewelry
7.9.Consumer printers
7.9.1.Thermoplastic extrusion
7.9.2.Photopolymer curing
7.10.Consumer print services
7.11.Medical
7.11.1.Orthopaedics
7.11.2.Human tissues
8.GLOSSARY
IDTECHEX RESEARCH REPORTS AND CONSULTANCY
FIGURES
1.1.Traditional value chain in 3D printing
1.2.Proportion of Google searches for three main players
1.3.Value chain for print shops
1.4.Value chain for consumer-level 3D printers with a free market for consumables
1.5.Historical and forecast price of thermoplastic filament for consumer-level 3D printers
1.6.Hype curve for 3D printing applications
1.7.Market growth vs size for 3D printing applications
2.1.Breakdown of applications according to the Shapeways print service
2.2.Breakdown of applications according to the 3D Hubs print service
2.3.Fuel nozzle for a jet engine
2.4.A 3D printed SULSA aircraft
2.5.3D printed architectural model
2.6.3D printed architectural element installed in a building
2.7.Ford technologist Dennis DuBay removing the sand surrounding a cast mold for an engine component
2.8.Pouring molten metal into a 3D printed sand mold
2.9.Cast metal part created from a 3D printed mold
2.10.Finished part after post-processing
2.11.The Areion and Eve cars created for the Formula Student Challenge
2.12.3D printed action figures
2.13.3D printed jewelry samples
2.14.Gold-plated 3D printed jewelry
2.15.3D printed ring generated by wrapping an image around the ring
2.16.3D printed life-size replica of an unborn child
2.17.Website allowing consumers to create a Star Trek figurine of themselves
2.18.Triple gear
2.19.3D printed Strandbeest walking in the wind
2.20.Three different designs of Strandbeest that can be 3D printed
2.21.Complicated mechanism printed as a single object
2.22.Fractal coffee table
2.23.Mjölnir hammer
2.24.Monograph of the letters A and H
2.25.Child's drawing and full-color 3D printed derivative
2.26.3D printed bobble head
2.27.Evolutionary design
2.28.Easy-to-use CAD software from Microsoft's Windows Store
2.29.Monster customised on a mobile phone and the corresponding 3D printed toy
2.30.The N12, a 3D printed bikini
2.31.Close-up of the intricate design of the N12 bikini
2.32.Mock-up human head used to train neurosurgeons
2.33.Real and mock-up fluoroscopic arm
2.34.3D printed iPhone case that contains moving gears
2.35.Nanolet bracelet
2.36.Pod à porter is a necklace
2.37.Custom Arduino case for a hobbyist electronics project
2.38.A simple 3D printed fixture
2.39.A 3D printed bike lock
2.40.A 3D printed nozzle for a vacuum cleaner
2.41.A 3D printed lathe
2.42.A 3D printed tool for creating hobbed bolts
2.43.A 3D printed GoPro mount for a Nerf gun
2.44.A 3D printed reconstruction of a crime scene
2.45.A full-color 3D printed height map
2.46.Visualization of an implanted hip socket
2.47.Comparison of custom 3D printed vs traditional off-the-shelf knee implants
2.48.Visualization of 3D printed surgical instrumentation used to implant a custom knee
2.49.Aireal prototype
2.50.Fencing swords and some 3D printed hilts
3.1.Traditional bracket design for subtractive manufacture
3.2.Award-winning bracket design for 3D printing
3.3.Competing bracket designs for 3D printing
3.4.Low-pressure turbine blade 3D printed in titanium-aluminide
3.5.Rocket engine 3D printed as a single object
3.6.Experimental 3D printed rocket engine design
3.7.3D printed pottery
3.8.The Urbee 2
3.9.Large 3D printed component of the Urbee 2
3.10.3D printed bricks
3.11.Various designs of 3D printed bricks
3.12.Traditional manufacture of replacement stones for York Minster
3.13.Contour Crafting robot for the construction industry
3.14.Visualization of 3D printed corrugated walls enclosing non-printed functional elements
3.15.A 3D printed wall
3.16.3D printed graded concrete
3.17.3D printed foam structure
3.18.3D printed bench
3.19.The D-shape printer in action
3.20.A 3D printed building
3.21.Architectural design that leverages the capabilities of 3D printing
3.22.3D printed confectionaries
3.23.3D printed fractal microstructures
3.24.Heat exchanger designed to be 3D printed
3.25.Traditional (non-printed) fractal softener
3.26.Design, 3D printed ABS prototype and 3D printed metal impeller
3.27.A prison for bacteria
3.28.A microvalve designed to prevent backflow in veins, high-porosity tissue engineering scaffold, and an array of micro needles
3.29.High-speed photograph of jetted living nerve cells
3.30.Novel apparatus used to jet living nerve cells
3.31.Cross-section of multi-cellular bioprinted human liver tissue, stained with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E)
3.32.3D printed prosthetic eyes
3.33.3D scanning and bioprinting for a burns victim
3.34.3D printed solder and early 3D printed electronics employing printed thermoplastic and solder in a single object
3.35.Experimental 2.5D printed electronics employing a 3D printed object with electronics printed onto its surface
3.36.3D printed samples by NASA using their own technology
3.37.A 1.5 tonne sample block created using the D-shape printer
5.1.A cable-suspended robotic gantry designed to 3D print large structures
5.2.Power vs build rate for 3D printers
5.3.Intricate designs made for 3D printing using artificial intelligence
5.4.Procedurally-generated Trabecular structures on the surface of a hip implant
5.5.A custom Cranio-Maxillofacial implant
5.6.Visualization of a vehicular robot depositing material as part of a swarm 3D printing process
6.1.Build volume vs precision categorised by application sector
6.2.Build volume vs precision categorised by 3D printing process
7.1.Market value ($M) forecasts for the aerospace industry2012-2025
7.2.Market value ($M) forecasts for the aerospace industry2012-2025
7.3.Market value ($M) forecasts for the aerospace industry2012-2025
7.4.Market forecast for sub-$4k printers
7.5.Historical and forecast price of thermoplastic filament for consumer-level 3D printers
7.6.Estimated revenue for different applications derived from Shapeways data

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