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3D Printing 2016-2026: Technologies, Markets, Players

Current usage, future applications and market forecasts

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This report covers the current and future status, opportunities and market forecasts of 3D printing. It contains many illustrative and analytical figures and tables plus 90 company profiles from across the globe.
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3D Printing
3D printing has received much attention over recent years. Hyped as the technology to bring about a 3rd industrial revolution, 3D printing technologies were in fact invented in the early 80s. They remained a niche prototyping technology until the expiration of a key patent in 2009 allowed many start-ups to offer cheap desktop 3D printers. 3D printing was thrust into the limelight and major players were reporting dramatic growth in everything from consumer to high-end metal printers.
For some companies, sales have since slowed. Stratasys, 3D Systems and ExOne have all reported very low growth. However, this seems to be due to poor strategy and management rather than a lack of opportunities in the industry. The Taiwanese company, XYZPrinting, in partnership with tech giant Lenovo, offer a $450 desktop 3D printer and sold 300,000 during 2015, mostly within Asia. This illustrates that the shift to cheaper mass production of these machines is opening up markets outside of America and Europe.
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3D printing encompasses a variety of different printing processes, loosely grouped into seven categories. The processes are all primarily additive in nature. Materials are deposited only where needed, resulting in significantly less materials wastage than traditional manufacturing techniques. Each technology can be used with a different range of materials, which in turn defines the suitable applications of the printer.
Originally used for the rapid production of prototypes for form and fit testing, applications are transitioning towards also functional testing of prototypes under working conditions, and further, the manufacture of final products. 2016 has seen the first production of flight critical parts for commercial aircraft.
With 3D printing designs are not constrained by manufacturing limitations and design complexity no longer adds cost. This opens up design avenues in the fashion, jewellery and furniture design industries. It also enables the economic production of lighter components critical to the aerospace and automotive industries.
Applications are also emerging in the medical and dental fields, where the opportunity afforded by cheap mass customisation is allowing surgeons to replicate a patient's body based on MRI and CT scans in order to practice difficult invasive procedures or increase patient education. Medical and dental implants which are fully customised to a particular individual can be generated.
This report discusses all of the commercially-significant existing technologies and promising emerging technologies in depth, and analyses both the current and future markets for 3D printing.
  • Market forecasts: Granular ten-year market forecasts segmented by application and technology, in unit numbers and revenue.
  • Technology assessment: Detailed, data-driven and insightful analysis of all the existing and emerging 3D printing technologies.
  • Application analysis: Market size and trend analysis of end applications such as Aerospace, Medical, Dental, Orthopaedics, Jewellery, Education, Architecture, Oil and Gas, and Automotive.
  • Company profiles: Critical and interview-based assessment and SWOT analysis of more than 90 companies active in the industry.
This report is based upon 4 years of research. Our team has interviewed and profiled all the key manufacturers. We have attended countless relevant events globally and organized our own sessions on the topic since 2013 in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
This market study is the distilled and processed result of our continuous endeavours. Each year we have learned more about the market trends, key hurdles to adoption, and latest prices and fine-tune our analysis, insight and forecasts.
The following technologies are covered in detail including lists of all major vendors for each technology type and SWOT analyses with quantitative data:
1. Vat Photopolymerisation (including Stereolithography and Digital Light Processing)
2. Material Extrusion
3. Material Jetting
4. Powder-bed Fusion (including Selective Laser Sintering of plastics, Selective Laser Melting of metals and Electron Beam Melting)
5. Directed Energy Deposition (including Blown metal powder and Welding)
6. Binder Jetting (sand + binder, metal powder + binder and plaster + binder)
7. Sheet Lamination (Selective Deposition Lamination)
This report gives financial data and forecasts to 2026 in the following forms:
  • 2015 Machine Sales by Technology
  • Installed Base at end of 2015 by technology
  • 2015 Revenue from 3D printer sales by technology
  • Forecast of Machine Sales by Technology
  • Forecast of Machine Sales excluding desktop machines
  • Forecast of Installed Base by Technology
  • Forecast of Installed Base excluding desktop
  • Forecast of price of machines by technology
  • Forecast of Revenue by Technology
  • Forecast of 3D Printing Industry Revenue
  • Market Share split by Application
  • Industry Revenue Split by Application
The report includes discussions of applications, case studies and the state of adoption in:
  • Prototyping
  • Tooling
  • Aerospace
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Orthopaedics
  • Jewellery
  • Hobbyist
  • Film Industry
  • Education
  • Off-Planet Manufacturing
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Oil and Gas
  • Food
  • Medical Research
  • Fashion
  • Automotive
  • Printed Electronics
90 companies involved in the 3D printing industry have been profiled in detail, and the report is also informed by interviews with companies and institutions throughout the value chain.
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Table of Contents
1.1.Advantages of 3D Printing
1.2.Printing processes and material compatibility
1.3.Numbers of acquisitions within the 3D printing industry
1.4.Investment Opportunities? - stock price drop
1.5.Increasing value of 3D printed objects
1.7.Machine Sales by Technology
1.8.Forecast of Installed Base by Technology
1.9.Forecast of Revenue by Technology
1.10.Forecast of 3D Printing Industry Revenue
1.11.Challenges that need to be solved
2.1.3D Printing is...
2.2.Advantages of 3D Printing
2.3.The cost of complexity
2.5.A brief history of 3D printing
2.6.Company Start Dates
2.7.Fully Digital Work-flow
3.1.Printing processes and material compatibility
3.2.Alternative Naming of Technologies
3.3.Vat Photopolymerisation
3.4.Sales - Vat Photopolymerisation
3.5.Material Extrusion
3.6.Sales - Material Extrusion
3.7.Material Jetting of Photopolymers
3.8.Sales - Material Jetting
3.9.Powder-bed Fusion - Selective Laser Sintering
3.10.Sales - Thermoplastic Powder-Bed
3.11.Powder-bed Fusion - Selective Laser Melting
3.12.Powder-bed Fusion - Electron Beam Melting
3.13.Sales - Metal Powder-Bed
3.14.Direct Energy Deposition - Blown Powder
3.15.Direct Energy Deposition - Welding
3.16.Sales - Directed Energy Deposition
3.17.Binder Jetting - Metal + Binder
3.18.Binder Jetting - Sand + Binder
3.19.Binder Jetting - Plaster + Binder
3.20.Sheet Lamination
4.1.Machine prices by printing process
4.2.Speed vs Price
4.3.Build volumes by printing process
4.4.Volume vs Price
4.5.Build speed by printing process
4.6.Speed vs Volume
4.7.Precision by printing process
4.8.Price vs Precision
4.9.Volume vs Precision
4.10.Precision vs Speed
5.1.Three most promising innovations in 3D printing
5.2.Promising companies working on these innovations
5.3.Carbon 3D
5.4.Gizmo 3D
5.5.LCD stereolithography 3D Printing
5.6.Impossible Objects
5.7.3D Printing of Levitating Objects
5.8.Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies
5.9.3D Systems SLAbot-1
6.1.Layer Thickness Predictions
6.2.Build Speed Predictions
6.3.EU Roadmap for Technical AM Development
6.4.EU Roadmap of Grand Challenges served by AM
7.1.Emergence of consumer-level 3D printing
7.2.Emergence of consumer-level 3D printing
7.4.Emergence of consumer-level 3D printing
8.1.Value Network
8.2.Value Network
8.3.The Two Value Chains
8.4.Value chains: vendor lock-in
8.5.Value chains: free market materials
8.6.Value chain determines material prices
8.7.Business Models
8.8.Descriptions of key roles - Materials
8.9.Materials' Suppliers Worldwide
8.10.Descriptions of key roles - Software
8.11.Patentability of digital models
8.12.Descriptions of key roles - Hardware
8.13.Descriptions of key roles - Users
8.14.Examples of Service Bureaus Worldwide
8.15.Standards Organisations
8.17.Numbers of acquisitions within the 3D printing industry
8.18.Acquisitions by company type
8.19.Value of Acquisitions
9.1.Big Players Entering the Market
9.2.Investment Opportunities? - stock price drop
9.3.Market Leaders Raise Barriers to Entry
9.4.Low-end Shake-out
9.5.Thermoplastic Extrusion Manufacturers
9.6.Innovators Diversify
9.7.How innovation is seeking to address industry problems
9.8.How technology progress will enable new applications
10.1.Increasing value of 3D printed objects
10.2."Killer App"
10.3.Timeline of Adoption
10.5.Market Share of Applications in
10.7.Case Study: Dyson
10.9.Case Study: John Deere
10.10.Case Study: Volvo Construction Equipment
10.12.Case Study: Boeing
10.13.Case Study: GE Aviation
10.14.Timeline of Adoption in Aerospace Applications
10.16.Case Study: Sonova
10.17.Timeline of Adoption in Medical Applications
10.19.Case Study: Argen Digital
10.21.Case Study: Adler Ortho
10.23.Case Study: Birmingham School of Jewellery
10.25.Film Industry
10.26.Case Study: Propshop
10.28.Case Study: University of Malaya in Malaysia
10.29.Off-Planet Manufacturing
10.30.Case Study: Made in Space
10.32.Case Study: Modelzium
10.34.Oil and Gas
10.35.Case Study: Siemens
10.37.Case Study: The Sugar Lab
10.38.Medical Research
10.39.Case Study: Organovo
10.41.Case Study: Pensar
10.43.Case Study: Klock Werks
10.44.Printed Electronics
10.45.Case Study: University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
11.2015 SALES
11.1.2015 Machine Sales by Technology
11.2.2015 Installed Base at end of 2015 by technology
11.3.2015 Revenue from 3D printer sales by technology
12.1.3D Systems
12.2.Free market material extrusion
13.1.Forecast of Machine Sales by Technology
13.2.Forecast of Machine Sales excluding desktop machines
13.3.Data for Forecast of Machine Sales
13.4.Forecast of Installed Base by Technology
13.5.Forecast of Installed Base excluding desktop
13.6.Data for Forecast of Installed Base
13.7.Forecast of price of machines by technology
13.8.Data for Forecast of Price ($)
13.9.Forecast of Revenue by Technology
13.10.Data for Forecast of Revenue ($M)
13.11.Forecast of 3D Printing Industry Revenue
13.12.Market Share split by Application
13.13.Industry Revenue Split by Application
13.14.Data for Revenue Split by Application ($B)
14.2.Challenges that need to be solved
14.3.Additional skills for designers and engineers to fully utilize the advantages of 3D printing
14.4.The impact of 3D printing on...
14.5.Non-traditional companies as new competitors
15.1.3D Ceram
15.2.3D Systems Europe
15.4.Advanc3d Materials
15.5.Advanced Powders and Coatings
15.8.Arcam AB
15.9.Arevo Labs
15.10.Argen Corporation
15.11.Beijing Jiruixintian Technology Co., Ltd.
15.12.Beijing Tiertime Technology Co Ltd
15.14.Blacktrace Holdings Ltd
15.15.BluePrinter ApS
15.20.Carima Ltd
15.21.Cartesian Co
15.23.Concept Laser GMBH
15.24.Cookson Precious Metals
15.25.CRP Group
15.26.Digilab Inc.
15.27.DSM Somos
15.29.Efesto LLC
15.30.envisionTEC Gmbh
15.31.EOS GmbH
15.35.Fabrisonic LLC
15.36.Ford Motor Company
15.38.Fraunhofer IWU
15.39.Fripp Design Ltd
15.40.Graphene 3D Lab
15.41.Heraeus New Businesses
15.43.Impossible Objects
15.44.Leapfrog 3D Printers
15.45.Legor Group
15.46.Lockheed Martin
15.47.Lomiko Metals
15.48.LPW Technology Ltd
15.50.Maker Juice
15.53.MesoScribe Technologies
15.55.n3D Biosciences, Inc.
15.56.Nano Dimension
15.57.The NanoSteel Company
15.58.Nascent Objects, Inc
15.59.NinjaFlex (Fenner Drives)
15.60.Norsk Titanium
15.63.Orbital Composites
15.64.Organovo Holdings, Inc.
15.65.Oxford Performance Materials
15.68.Rahn AG
15.69.Realizer GmbH
15.70.Reebok International
15.71.regenHU Ltd
15.72.RepRap Professional Limited
15.74.Roland DGA Corporation
15.76.Sciaky Inc.
15.77.Sinterit Sp. z o.o.
15.78.Sintratec AG
15.80.Star Prototype
15.83.TeVido BioDevices
15.84.The ExOne Company
15.85.TLC Korea
15.86.Toner Plastics Inc.
15.87.Viridis 3D
15.88.Volvo Construction Equipment
15.90.Voxeljet Technology GmbH

Report Statistics

Slides 187
Companies 92
Forecasts to 2026

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