3D Printing – Thematic Intelligence

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3D Printing Report Overview

The 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) industry is anticipated to record strong growth during 2021-2030. 3D printing grabbed headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic for providing replacement parts and alleviating supply chain disruption. However, the slow post-COVID-19 recovery, coupled with the economic shock of the Russia-Ukraine war, has been challenging for the 3D printing industry to navigate. Moreover, the macroeconomic and environmental forces shaping the manufacturing landscape will have just as significant an impact on the industry’s growth as technological advances.

The 3D printing industry will be a $70.8 billion industry by 2030, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 18% between 2021 and 2030.

The 3D printing industry provides an overview of the 3D printing theme. It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months. Furthermore, it includes a comprehensive industry analysis, including market size and growth forecasts to 2030 for 3D printing services, software, materials, and hardware. In addition, there is analysis of signals data, including M&A deals, foreign direct investment, venture financing, patents, company filings, jobs, and social media posts.

3D Printing Industry Overview 2021-2030 ($ Billion)

3D Printing Industry Overview 2021-2030 ($ Billion)

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3D Printing Technology Insights

3D printing has a growing range of applications, from the largest industries to the smallest personal products, from jet engines to custom-designed underwear, from tailored running shoes to lifesaving living tissues. There are seven additive manufacturing processes, each varying in the way it creates parts from different materials, leading to different surface finishes, durability, print speed, and cost. The key 3D printing technologies are fusion deposition modelling, direct metal deposition, powder bed fusion, binder jetting, polyjet, vat photopolymerization, bioprinting, and 4D printing.

Fused Deposition Modelling: Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the simplest, cheapest, and most popular AM technology. 3D Systems made an extrusion range called Cube, while Stratasys has the MakerBot Replicator range. FDM is an iteration of the material extrusion process. One of the advantages of FDM is the durability of the materials used. Other key factors are the stability of FDM parts’ mechanical properties over time and the quality of the parts.

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3D Printing Industry Trends

The key trends shaping the 3D printing theme over the next 12 to 24 months are categorized into technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

Technology trends:  Some of the technology trends influencing the 3D printing industry are increasing use of binder jetting technologies, need for high speed for effective 3D printing, rise in popularity of simulation for wider 3D printing adoption, workflow automation to reduce 3D file preparation, providing traceability and repeatability, data security, and adoption of alternative materials among others.

Macroeconomic Trends: Increasing 3D printing partnerships, using 3D printing to re-shore supply chains, continuing M&A activities, and surging initiatives to step up ESG norms are some of the key macroeconomic trends impacting the 3D printing industry.

Regulatory Trends: Using encryption to safeguard intellectual property, driving better global standards, and tackling questions about product liability are some of the regulatory trends impacting the 3D industry.

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3D Printing Industry Analysis

The 3D printing industry is anticipated to record a strong growth in the coming years. By 2030, the 3D printing market will be worth $70.8 billion, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 18% between 2021 and 2030. Services will be the fastest-growing market segment.

The 3D printing industry analysis also covers –

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Venture financing
  • Foreign direct investments
  • Patent trends
  • Company filing trends
  • Hiring trends
  • Social media trends

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3D Printing Value Chain Insights

The value chain for 3D printing is growing in complexity as the industry moves from focusing on prototyping to large-scale production. The value chain includes hardware, materials, software, and services layers.

The hardware layer typically included the physical machines that performed the printing and the materials used to create a 3D object. Then, interest from chemicals companies in 3D printing justified the creation of a separate materials layer comprising metals, polymers, ceramics, and biomaterials.

In 2022, the launch of new machines, notably by HP, and significant M&A activity by Desktop Metal and Markforged led to growing competition. All three—plus 3D Systems, EOS, and GE Additive—want to gain a pivotal position in the mass production of end-use metal parts through innovation or acquisition. The polymers, ceramics, and bioprinting sectors are equally competitive

3D Printing Industry Value Chain Analysis

3D Printing Industry Value Chain Analysis

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3D Printing Industry – Competitive Landscape

Some of the key public companies in 3D printing industry are Autodesk, BASF, BICO, Desktop Metal, General Electric (GE), HP, Markforged, Materialise, Nano Dimension, Siemens, and Stratasys among others.

Some of the key private companies in 3D printing industry are 3Yourmind, Carbon, Formlabs, Icon Technology, Relativity Space, and UltiMaker among others are some of the key leading 3D printing private companies.

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3D Printing Industry Overview

Page Count 55
Key Trends Technology, Macroeconomic, and Regulatory Trends
Key Value Chain Components Hardware, Materials, Software, and Services
Leading Public Companies Autodesk, BASF, BICO, Desktop Metal, General Electric (GE), HP, Markforged, Materialise, Nano Dimension, Siemens, and Stratasys
Leading Private Companies 3Yourmind, Carbon, Formlabs, Icon Technology, Relativity Space, and UltiMaker

Key Highlights

  • The COVID-19 pandemic provided clear evidence of the risk posed to manufacturing companies worldwide when they rely on a single location as the hub of their supply chain. The shakeout from that supply chain shock continues amid further geopolitical and economic concerns caused by the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Momentum is growing towards reshoring manufacturing in home countries rather than relying on over-stretched supply chains. 3D printing will have a major role to play in the new supply chain ecosystem.
  • For an industry to develop, standardized processes are critically important. Standardization covers best practices, regulations, and benchmarks. 3D printing has always been closely associated with prototyping and short production runs. To facilitate the technology’s adoption into mass digital manufacturing, 3D printing companies must guarantee product standardization, particularly in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and healthcare. Investing in workflow automation tools will be the fastest and most cost-efficient way of achieving this.

3D Control Systems
3D Metalforge
3D Systems
Additive Assurance
AM Technologies
Aspect Biosystems
Black Drop Biodrucker
Bouygues Construction
Cloud Factory
Cyfuse Biomedical
Dassault Systèmes
Desktop Metal
Diamond Age
Divergent Technologies
DMG Mori
Farsoon Technologies
GE Additive
GE Aviation
ICON Technology
Javelin Technologies
Kongsberg Ferrotech
Lithoz (CerAming)
Materialise (Identity3D)
MedPrin Biotech
Meta (Luxexcel)
Nano Dimension
PostProcess Technologies
Prellis Biologics
Redefine Meat
Regenovo Biotech
Relativity Space
Rokit Healthcare
Rösler Group (AM Solutions)
Safran Aircraft Engines
Shanghai Smartee
SLM Solutions
SyBridge Technologies (Fast Radius)
Trilantic (Quickparts)
Xi’an Bright Laser Tech
Xinjinghe Laser Technology Development

Table of Contents

  • 1 Executive Summary
  • 2 Players
  • 3 Technology Briefing

    • 3.1 The seven types of 3D printing technology
    • 3.2 The cost of 3D printing

  • 4 Trends

    • 4.1 Technology trends
    • 4.2 Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3 Regulatory trends

  • 5 Industry Analysis

    • 5.1 Market size and growth forecasts
    • 5.2 Mergers and acquisitions
    • 5.3 Venture financing
    • 5.4 Foreign direct investment
    • 5.5 Patent trends
    • 5.6 Company filings trends
    • 5.7 Hiring trends
    • 5.8 Social media trends
    • 5.9 Use cases
    • 5.10 Timeline

  • 6 Value Chain

    • 6.1 Hardware
    • 6.2 Materials
    • 6.3 Software
    • 6.4 Services

  • 7 Companies

    • 7.1 Public companies
    • 7.2 Private companies

  • 8 Glossary
  • 9 Further Reading
  • 10 Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 11 About GlobalData
  • 12 Contact Us

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