Emerging Opportunities for 3D Printed Nanomaterials

Report # SMP-AM-NANO-1118
Published November 20, 2018

In this report, SmarTech analyzes how the market for 3D printed nanomaterials will evolve of the coming decade and it includes ten-year forecasts of revenue generation by end-user application and type of nanomaterial. The report also includes a discussion of which 3D printing processes are most suitable for nanomaterials as well as of the types of nanomaterials which offer the most commercial potential for 3D printing. Because of the inherent role of 3D printing is as a low-volume manufacturing technology, we also pinpoint where there are markets suitable for low-volume fabrication using 3D-printed nanomaterials.

Over two decades, nanomaterials have proved themselves highly useful in areas as diverse as electronics, healthcare and consumer products. Nanomaterials currently in use include both nanoparticulate versions of conventional materials and entirely novel nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes.  Activity  in 3D printed nanomaterials and nanostructures has been going on for years, but SmarTech believes that the business opportunities in 3D printed nanomaterials are about to expand driven both by demand from major applications and by the need of the 3D printing sector to explore and commercialize new materials.

This report is divided into six chapters and an Executive Summary.  The Executive Summary is intended to summarize the opportunities that we have uncovered in the main body of the report. It also identifies which companies SmarTech believes will drive 3D printing of nanomaterials going forward.

Chapter One of this report—this chapter—is intended as an introduction to the whole report.  Its goal is to set the scene for the whole report indicating why one should treat 3D-printed nanomaterials as more than a science project.

In Chapter Two, we review the commercialization of 3D-printed nanomaterials, with much of the chapter devoted to the technology of 3D printing nanomaterials including the emergence of 3D printing technologies specifically deigned to cope with nanomaterials.  This Chapter also contains a discussion of how nanomaterials can enhance existing 3D printing materials

In the rest of the chapters, we examine how commercial 3D printing will be used in the application/industry sector.  Each of these chapters is dedicated to a separate sector.

 

Executive Summary
E.1 Emerging Commercial Markets for 3D-printed Nanomaterials
E.2 Evolution of 3D Printers and Printing Technology to Support Nanomaterial Printing
E.3 Market Leadership in 3D-printed Nanomaterials
E.4 Summary of Ten-year Forecasts by End User and Material Type

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 3D Printing as Nanomanufacturing
1.1.2 3D Nanomanufacturing Now
1.1.3 Applications for 3D-printed Nanomaterials: Healthcare and Electronics First Among Many
1.1.4 Challenges to be Overcome
1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.3.1 Forecasting Methodology
1.3.2 Use of “3D Printing”
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Potential for Commercialization of 3D-printed Nanomaterials
2.1 3D Printing of Nanomaterials
2.2 3D Printing of Nanocomposites and Nanopolymers
2.2.1 Role of Nanopolymers
2.2.2 Nanopolymer Filament
2.2.3 Creating Nanocomposites with 3D Printing
2.2.4 Nanocomposites, Smart Materials and 3D Printing
2.3 Perspectives from the “Nanocarbon” Industry
2.3.1 Carbon Nanotubes
2.3.2 Graphene
2.3.3 Nanodiamonds
2.4 Nanometals
2.4.1 Types of Nanometals
2.4.2 Nanostructured Steel
2.4.3 Nanometallic Inks for 3D Jetting Technologies
2.4.4 Future use of Nanometals in 3D Printing
2.5 3D Printing of Nanoceramics
2.5.1 Nano Dimension and XJet Again
2.5.2 Additive Manufacturing of 3D Glass-Ceramic to Nanoscale Resolution
2.5.3 4D Printing of Ceramics
2.5.4 Nanoceramics as an Additive
2.6 Nanobiomaterials
2.7 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Three: 3D Printing Processes for Nanomaterials
3.1 Technology Directions for 3D Printing Processes Supporting Nanomaterials
3.2 Jetting Approaches
3.2.1 Nanometallic Inks: Nano Dimension
3.2.2 Binder Jetting at Virginia Tech
3.3 Two-Photon Lithography (TPP): Nanoscribe
3.4 Fused Filament Fabrication
3.5 Nanotribological Printing
3.6 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Four: Emerging Markets for 3D-printed Nanomaterials
4.1 Applications for 3D-printed Nanomaterials
4.2 Medical and Dental Applications
4.2.1 Regenerative Surgery: Tissue Engineering and Tissue/Organ Models
4.2.2 3D Printing of Pharmaceuticals: Impact of Nanomaterials
4.2.3 3D-printed Nanomaterials, Sensors and Diagnostics
4.2.4 Implants and Prosthetics
4.2.5 3D-printed Nanocomposites for the Dental Sector
4.2.6 Inherent Limitations to 3D Printing of Nanomaterials in Medicine
4.2.7 Ten-year Forecasts of 3D Printing in Healthcare/Medicine by Device and Material Type
4.3 3D-printed Nanomaterials in the Electronics Industry
4.3.1 3D-printed Nanoelectronics: Current and Future Materials and Applications
4.3.2 What is the Potential for Revenue Generation from 3D-printed Nanomaterials for Electronics Applications?
4.3.3 A Note on Nanoelectronics
4.3.4 Prototyping for 3D Devices: Addressable Devices Growing in Number
4.3.5 3D Printing of (Non-Medical) Electronic Sensors
4.3.6 Ten-year Forecasts of 3D-printed Electronic Devices using Nanomaterials
4.4 Emerging Markets for 3D-printed Nanomaterials in the Energy Sector
4.4.1 Prototyping of Novel Energy Systems
4.4.2 Specialized Batteries, Supercapacitors and Energy Harvesting Systems
4.4.3 Ten-year Forecasts of 3D-printed Energy Storage Devices using Nanomaterials
4.5 Notes on Emerging Markets for 3D-printed Nanomaterials in Smart Textiles and Soft Robotics
4.5.1 Current Role of Nanomaterials in Smart Clothing and Smart Textiles
4.5.2 Impact of Soft Robotics
4.5.3 Ten-year Forecasts of 3D-printed Clothing, Textiles and Soft Robotics
4.6 Some Notes of 3D-printed Nanocomposites in Automotive and Aerospace
4.6.1 Ten-year Forecasts of 3D-printed Nanocomposites in Aerospace and Automotive
4.7 Key Points from this Chapter
About SmarTech Publishing
About the Analyst
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report

List of Exhibits
Exhibit E-1: Primary Commercial Opportunities for 3D-Printed Nanomaterials
Exhibit E-2: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Sales of 3D Printing Machines Using Nanomaterials: Breakout by End-User Segment ($ Millions)
Exhibit E-3: Current Suppliers to the Emerging 3D-printed Nanomaterials Niche
Exhibit E-4: Ten-year Forecasts of Parts and Prototyping Revenues for 3D Printing of Nanomaterials: Breakout by End-User Segment ($ Million)
Exhibit E-5: Ten-year Forecasts of Nanomaterials Used in 3D Printing: Breakout by Type of Nanomaterial ($ Millions)
Exhibit 1-1: Factors Driving 3D Printing of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures
Exhibit 1-2: 3D Printing of Nanomaterials: Challenges
Exhibit 2-1: 3D Printing of Nanomaterials by Type of Material
Exhibit 2-2: Leading Nano Composite Filament Products for Thermal Extrusion Systems
Exhibit 2-3: The Advantages of MWCNT 3D Printing Filaments
Exhibit 2-4: Experiments Uses for 3D-Printed Graphene
Exhibit 2-5: Nanometal 3D Printing Materials
Exhibit 3-1: Processes for 3D Printing Nanomaterials
Exhibit 4-1: Uses of 3D Printing of Nanomaterials in the Medicine
Exhibit 4-2: Ten-year Forecasts of Total Revenues from 3D Printing of Nanomaterials in Medicine: By Application/Type of Procedure ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-3: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues and Volume from 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Medicine: By Type of Material
Exhibit 4-4: Ten-year Forecasts of Printers Shipped for 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Medicine: By Type of Printer
Exhibit 4-5: Status of Nanomaterials for 3D-printed Electronics
Exhibit 4-6: Directions for 3D-Printed Nanomaterials in Electronics
Exhibit 4-7: Ten-year Forecasts for 3D-Printed Electronics Printing Using Nanomaterials: by Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-8: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues and Volume from 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Electronics: By Type of Material
Exhibit 4-9: Ten-year Forecasts of Printers Shipped for 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Electronics: By Type of Printer
Exhibit 4-10: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Energy Storage Devices Using 3D Printing of Nanomaterials: By Application
Exhibit 4-11: Ten-year Forecasts of 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Energy Storage Devices: By Type of Material
Exhibit 4-12: Ten-year Forecasts of Printers Shipped for 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Energy Storage: By Type of Printer
Exhibit 4-13: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Smart Textiles and Clothing/Soft Robotics Using 3D Printing of Nanomaterials: By Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-14: Ten-year Forecasts of 3D Printing Nanomaterials for Smart Textiles and Clothing/Soft Robotics: By Type of Material
Exhibit 4-15: Ten-year Forecasts of Printers Shipped for 3D Printing Nanomaterials in Smart Textiles and Clothing/Soft Robotics
Exhibit 4-16: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D Printing Nanocomposites in the Aerospace and Automotive Industries ($ Millions)


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