The 3D printing industry has been riding a historic growth wave since 2012, but today in 2016 the landscape for opportunities is continuing to evolve. With significantly increased competitiveness causing fluctuations in the hardware market, printer OEMs and third party developers are now collaborating to develop 3D printing software as one of the biggest future opportunities to continue to push towards industrialization of additive manufacturing. Historically, the software workflow for 3D printing has not seen the same development attention as hardware or materials -but this is clearly changing today. Global software giants like Autodesk, Siemens, and Adobe are now turning significant focus to streamlining the current workflow software chain, while printer OEMs seek to partner with firms to create more efficient software ecosystems to gain competitive advantage. Seasoned third party developers such as Materialise are increasingly being faced with competition from newcomers, and the lines between critical software functionalities in the 3D printing chain are beginning to blur.Continue Reading
3D Printing Industry Market Reports
Although R&D facilities in the electronics industry have been using 3D printing for more than a decade, since 2015 3DP has begun to be mainstreamed for electronics applications. SmarTech is seeing a growing interest in using 3DP for customized circuitry and sensors, and in the longer term for wide- area electronics.
In addition, there is the opportunity for 3DP to become a major way of manufacturing electronic devices that are intrinsically produced in relatively low volumes -- high speed optoelectronics is a good example here. More prosaically, 3D printers are already in place customizing consumer electronics items and this turns 3DP into a valuable marketing tool in a crowded industry.Continue Reading
Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Automotive - 2016: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
As the 3D printing industry at large continues to transition towards a manufacturing technology, one of the top targets for vertically-integrating print solutions developers is the automotive industry. With an enormous global manufacturing footprint, the automotive industry is both one of the most historically well established users of classic 3D printing technology for rapid prototyping, as well as one of the most ripe targets for additive innovation over the next decade. A flurry of potentially disruptive activity has taken place over the last two years, setting the stage for the automotive industry to become one of the biggest markets for 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology over the next decade.
In this report -the second edition of the first deep dive market research study to focus exclusively on 3DP in the auto industry --SmarTech Publishing lays out a roadmap for a divergent adoption path for 3D printing with an eye on automobile production, along the way identifying the major opportunities and resulting commercial implications.Continue Reading
The dental industry continues to be one of the strongest targets for development of new 3D printers, materials, and applications. Revenues from additive manufacturing (AM) in the dental sector have grown almost 12 percent since 2015. Conversely, challenges in the 3D printing industry as a whole were weathered in part thanks to a continuing acceptance of digital technologies in the dental world. Dental professionals from every corner of the market now agree that digital dentistry is the way of the future.
This report -- SmarTech Publishing’s second annual study of 3D printing in the dental sector -- analyzes the commercial implications of a number of major trends that have emerged over the last twelve months.Continue Reading
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