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REPORT # ST-005 PUBLISHED May 05, 2014
3D Printing 2014: A Survey of SmarTech’s Annual Market Findings
  • Smart Technology

    In 2013, 3D printing grew up.  World-class manufacturers shifted their 3D printing focus from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing; Some of largest consumer firms – Amazon, HP, Microsoft, Staples and UPS – began to pursue 3D opportunities; New commercialization directions for 3D-printed medical and dental implants and prosthetics accelerated.  Meanwhile, the IPO and M&A acquisition activity continued apace.

    In this report, SmarTech provides an insider perspective on the latest 3D printing opportunities in this dynamic market environment.  We pinpoint where the smart money will go in the 3D printing sector and how firms will be changing their business models and processes to profit from 3D printing.


    Chapter One: Industry Overview
    1.1 Business Climate Assessment: Will 2014 Be the Year of 3D Printing?
    1.2 The Ten Largest Developments In 2013-2014
    1.2.1 Equipment Manufacturers Gear Up Their Service Offerings
    1.2.2 Accelerating 3DP Product Release Schedules
    1.2.3 OEMs Consolidate Materials Supply Chains
    1.2.4 Materials Manufacturers Get Involved As Well
    1.2.5 3DP Companies Appeal to Public Markets for New Capital
    1.2.6 Consolidation In the Personal Printer Market
    1.2.7 The Big Three Public 3DP Companies Miss Their Mark
    1.2.8 The Next Generation of 3DP Manufacturing Systems
    1.3 The Ten Biggest Questions for 2014
    1.3.1 Will the Slew Of 3D Printing IPOs Continue?
    1.3.2 Will Eastern Companies Make a Splash In Western Markets?
    1.3.3 Will the Big Guys Jump Into the 3DP Space?
    1.3.4 Can Strides Be Made for Parts Qualification?
    1.3.5 Will Patent Expirations Drive Another Round of Start-ups?
    1.3.6 Will Industry Growth Rates Continue And New Profitable Opportunities Reveal Themselves?
    1.3.7 Can High-Grade Thermoplastics Become Viable Metal Substitutes?
    1.4 New Printing Processes Promise New Growth
    1.5 3DP Software Outlook
    1.5.1 Establishing Communication Standards CAD/CAM Software
    1.5.2 New Opportunities In Software
    1.5.3 Co-creation Software
    1.6 Materials Overview 2014
    1.6.1 New Materials Outlook
    1.7 Thinking About 3DP as a Collection of Many Technologies
    1.8 Competition or Co-Opetition?
    1.9 How Governments are Playing the 3DP Game
    1.9.1 Funding In the U.S.
    1.9.2 Funding In China
    1.9.3 Funding In Europe
    1.10 The Five Biggest Markets for 3D Printing
    1.11 Other Opportunities For AM
    1.11.1 Architecture
    1.11.2 Design Industry Applications
    1.11.3 Consumer Products
    1.11.4 Nano-Materials Development and Qualification
    1.12 Summary Forecasts

    Chapter Two: The Aerospace Market for AM
    2.1 The AM Value Proposition for Aerospace
    2.1.1 Weight and Lead Time Reduction are Key Value Drivers
    2.2 Assessing the “Sweet Spots” of Current 3DP Equipment
    2.2.1 FDM and SL Processes
    2.2.2 Plastic Laser Sintering Processes
    2.2.3 Metal Powder Laser Sintering Processes
    2.3 Opportunities In the Commercial Aerospace Industry
    2.3.1 Cabin Components
    2.3.2 Hinges and Brackets
    2.3.3 Pressurized Lines
    2.3.4 Airducts
    2.3.5 Housing Components
    2.3.6 Engine Components
    2.3.7 Wing Spar Components
    2.4 Opportunities In Military/Defense Aerospace Industry
    2.4.1 Missiles
    2.4.2 Military Aircraft and the JSF
    2.4.3 UAVs
    2.5 Opportunities In Space Applications
    2.5.1 Satellites
    2.5.2 Mars Rover Mission
    2.5.3 Rockets
    2.5.4 Printing In Space
    2.6 New Materials
    2.7 Getting 3DP Parts Onto the Next-Generation Commercial Planes
    2.8 Renewed Interest in Non-Powder Bed Based Processes
    2.9 Model-Based Enterprise
    2.10 In-Situ Monitoring Systems Are Key for Aerospace
    2.11 Will 3D Printing Change the Structure of the Aerospace Industry?
    2.12 10-Year Forecasts For Aerospace Products

    Chapter Three: The Medical Market for AM
    3.1 Medical Modeling
    3.2 Cutting Guides and Patient Specific Instruments
    3.2.1 Measured Benefits of 3DP PSIs and Surgical Models
    3.2.2 Recent Recall of the Shape Match Cutting Guide
    3.3 3DP-Enabled Customization Ushers Next Level of Orthopedic Implants
    3.3.1 Other Opportunities In Orthopedic Implants
    3.3.2 The Role Osseointegration Plays In the Rise of 3DP Implants
    3.3.3 Lattice Software
    3.3.4 High-Grade Plastics In Orthopedic Implants
    3.4 Bio-Printing Markets
    3.5 Markets for 3DP Prosthetics
    3.6 3DP Hearing Aid Component Market
    3.7 Medical Equipment Hardware/ Prototypes Component Market
    3.8 Medical Materials Outlook
    3.9 3DP In the Operating Room: Fact or Fiction?
    3.10 How Will Regulatory Bodies Treat Orthopedic Implants?
    3.11 10-Year Forecasts for Medical Products

    Chapter Four: The Dental Market for AM
    4.1 The Advantages 3DP Brings to the Dental Industry
    4.2 3DP Aligns With Trends In the Dental Industry
    4.3 3DP Dental In Emerging Economies
    4.3.1 3DP With Face Complications Gaining Market Share In The Short-Term
    4.3.2 Flexible 3DP Dental Solutions are Key to Driving Adoption In the Dental Industry
    4.4 3DP Is an Advantaged Substitute to CNC-Based Manufacturing Systems
    4.5 Opportunities In Dental Models
    4.5.1 Materials Opportunities In Dental Modeling
    4.6 Opportunities In Lost Wax Models
    4.7 Opportunities In Dental Temporaries
    4.8 Drill Guides
    4.9 Orthodontic Aligners
    4.10 3D-Printing Brings a New Meaning to Customized Dental Solutions
    4.11 10-Year Forecasts For Dental Products

    Chapter Five: The Automotive Market for AM
    5.1 AM Driving Innovation
    5.2 3DP Continues To Augment Functional Prototyping Activities
    5.2.1 Improvements Coming Down the Pipeline
    5.2.2 Infusing Workforces With a Renewed Creativity
    5.3 Realizing Flexible Supply Chains With 3D-Printed Tooling
    5.3.1 Opportunities for Large Format Sand 3DP Equipment In Rapid Automotive Tooling
    5.4 3DP’s Effect on the Auto Replacement Part Supply Chain
    5.5 Performance Automotive Opportunities
    5.6 Customization Opportunities for Luxury Vehicles
    5.7 10-Year Forecasts for Automotive Products

    Chapter Six: Personal/Educational Markets for AM
    6.1 A Shifting Personal Printer Landscape
    6.2 Understanding the Divide Between the Big Three Personal Printing Companies and the Little Guys
    6.3 Crowd Sourcing Role In the Personal Printer Market
    6.4 What Is the Magic Price Point for Personal 3DP?
    6.5 Opportunities In SL Personal Printers
    6.6 Opportunities In Personal 3DP Peripherals
    6.6.1 Personal 3DP Scanners
    6.6.2 “Killer” Apps
    6.6.3 3DP Pens
    6.7 Opportunities In Personal Printing Materials
    6.8 Opportunities for 3DP In Education
    6.9 10-Year Forecasts for Personal Printer Products

    Chapter Seven: Other Forecasts

    About SmarTech Markets Publishing
    About the Analyst
    Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report

    List of Exhibits
    Exhibit 1-1: Materials Companies' Recent Moves Into 3DP
    Exhibit 1-2: New Large Format Printer Releases
    Exhibit 1-3: New High Growth 3DP Technologies
    Exhibit 1-4: New Opportunities In Software
    Exhibit 1-5: New Materials With Large Profit Potential
    Exhibit 1-6: Institutions Formed as Part of the NNMI Initiative
    Exhibit 1-7: Primary Markets for 3DP Over the Next Ten Years
    Exhibit 1-8: Markets for 3DP Products in the Design Industry
    Exhibit 1-9: Intriguing Opportunities In Consumer Products
    Exhibit 1-10: Summary Forecasts for the 3DP Market by Product Category
    Exhibit 1-11: Summary Forecasts for the 3DP Market By Industry
    Exhibit 1-12: Total Printers Sold by Application (Number of Systems)
    Exhibit 1-13: Total 3DP Equipment Market By Printer Class (%)
    Exhibit 1-14: Total Printers Sold by Industry (Number of Systems)
    Exhibit 2-1: Value Drivers for the AM Industry
    Exhibit 2-2: Factors Limiting the Addressable Market for Metal Powder Bed 3DP Parts
    Exhibit 2-3: Addressable Market for Metal Powder Bed AM Parts
    Exhibit 2-4: Engine Components Suitable for 3DP Manufacturing
    Exhibit 2-5: Total 3DP Aerospace Market
    Exhibit 2-6: Aerospace Printers Sold By Printer Category (Number of Systems)
    Exhibit 3-1: Major Commercially Available PSI Systems
    Exhibit 3-2: Advantages of 3DP PSI Implementation
    Exhibit 3-3: Other Orthopedic Implants Being Explored By 3DP
    Exhibit 3-4: Advantages of High-Grade Plastics Over Titanium
    Exhibit 3-5: Bio-Printing Commercialization Timeline
    Exhibit 3-6: Benefits 3D Printing Can Bring To the Prosthetics Market
    Exhibit 3-7: Total 3DP Medical Market
    Exhibit 3-8: Medical Printers Sold By Printer Category (Number of Systems)
    Exhibit 4-1: Global Trends In the Dental Industry
    Exhibit 4-2: Forces Affecting Short-Term Adoption of 3DP In Dental
    Exhibit 4-3: Benefits of 3D Printing Temporaries Over CNC Milling
    Exhibit 4-4: Benefits of Producing Wax Printers
    Exhibit 4-5: 3DP Dental Implant Categories
    Exhibit 4-6: Total 3DP Dental Market
    Exhibit 4-7: Dental Printers Sold By Printer Category (Number of Systems)
    Exhibit 5-1: Tooling Applications for Different 3DP Processes
    Exhibit 5-2: Total 3DP Auto Market
    Exhibit 5-3: Auto Printers Sold By Printer Category (Number of systems)
    Exhibit 6-1: Benefits of PLA in the Personal and Education Markets
    Exhibit 6-2: Main Opportunities for 3DP in Education
    Exhibit 6-3: Total 3DP Personal/Education Market
    Exhibit 6-4: Personal/Education Printers Sold By Printer Category (Number of Systems)
    Exhibit 7-1: Total 3DP “Other” Market
    Exhibit 7-2: Other Printers Sold By Printer Category (Number of Systems)


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