3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Products, use cases and market potential

Hailed by some as the future of manufacturing, but slated by others as little more than a niche market for hobbyists, what is the true potential of 3D printing? This report segments the 3D printing market into 10 key market application areas.

This report showcases a startling range of manufacturing innovations that are being enabled by 3D printing technology Also included in an analysis of the main forces driving the market as will as the main barriers. The report also analyses how in the future the steadily increasing performance of 3D printers and 3D scanning will create a whole new category of copyright problems that will affect sectors like art, toys and film.

123D Catch
3D Bioprinting Solutions
3D Systems 
Airbus
Amazon
Autodesk
Blender
BMW
Boeing 
Continuum Fashion 
Divergent Microfactories
Empire Cycles 
FigurePrints
Ford
GE
GE Aviation
Goodyear
LEGO
Local Motors
Lucasfilm
Mattel 
NSRDEC
Oratio B.V
Ponoko
Realization Group
RepRap
Sculpteo
Sculpteo 
Shapeways 
SketchUp
Snecma 
Southampton University
Spritam
Stockholm Arena
Stratasys
Thingiverse
U.S. Navy
WE DO
Z Corp.
ZipDose Technology 

Executive Summary6

Phased market development7

Phase 1 – Prototyping7

Phase 2: Enhancement of existing markets8

Phase 3 - Enablement of new markets8

3D printing will mainly expand the manufacturing industry9

Limited cannibalisation10

Manufacturing equipment10

Distribution and logistics11

Distributed manufacturing11

Home production12

Micro factories12

Copyright & intellectual property13

Non-copyright protected museum pieces13

Non-copyright protected artistic works14

Copyright protected objects15

Growth will be slow15

Overall technical immaturity15

Limited market application16

Technological fragmentation17

What is 3D Printing?19

Definition19

3D printing overview19

Examples of 3D printers22

3D Printing: The State of the Art Today23

Auto makers23

Present23

Future23

Aviation & aerospace25

Military26

Present26

Future27

Healthcare28

Construction29

Consumer29

Market Segmentation: 3D Printing31

Segment 1: product prototyping32

Example use cases: automotive32

Example use cases: architecture34

Segment 2: industrial production36

Use cases: aviation & aerospace37

Medical use cases38

Segment 3: home printing42

Use cases: home printing43

Footwear43

Apparel45

Novelty products45

Market Analysis50

Unique advantages of 3D printing50

Unlimited customisation50

Weight saving50

Performance improvements51

Market development phases51

Phase 1: Prototyping51

Phase 2: Enhancement of existing markets52

Phase 3: Enablement of new markets52

Main market application right now: prototyping53

3D printing will mainly expand the manufacturing industry55

Limited cannibalisation57

Summary of Main Disruption Effects61

Disruption #1: Emergence of new markets61

Expansion of existing manufacturing industry61

Enablement of new markets62

Enhancement of existing markets63

Disruption #2: Copyright & intellectual property67

Non-copyright protected objects: works of art67

Copyright protected objects70

Disruption #3: Cannibalisation71

Disruption #4: Distributed manufacturing73

Distributed manufacturing#1: emergence of home production73

Distributed manufacturing#2: emergence of micro factories74

Military76

How distributed manufacture will impact on distribution76

Reality Check: Growth Will Be Slow... 79

Overall technical immaturity79

Limited market application80

Technological fragmentation81

About the Authors82

Sara Foster82

Andrew Sheehy  82

Report Highlights




  • Comprehensive review of market applications
  • Market development phases
  • Barriers to growth
  • Impact on existing manufacturing industry
  • Segmentation and definitions
  • Detailed market analysis

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Title: 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
Pages: 83
Updated: 25 May 2016
License: Single User
Format: PDF
Delivery: Email and Online.
Price: £295
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