3D Printing Industry Market Reports

3D-Printed Composites Materials Markets - 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

November 2016

Report #

SMP-3D-COMP-1116

3D-Printed Composites Materials Markets - 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

SmarTech Publishing is seeing growing interest and development activities around the use of composites – especially carbon- and glass-fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials within the 3D printing/additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) community

We believe that such developments are creating new revenue generation opportunities within 3DP/AM by expanding upon current labor-intensive composite materials manufacturing processes for the production of final parts in the transportation, medical and consumer goods industries.  3D-printed composites also add a new material to the ever-growing number of materials that can be printed by 3D printers.  And acceleration in the development of nanomaterial based composites, leveraging the materials’ advanced electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, is expected to further expand the range of 3D-printed composite applications over the next ten years.

This report determines the revenue potential from 3D-printed composites by examining both actual fabrication and notable R&D currently taking place at an enterprise and academic research level. It provides an analysis of upcoming developments based on how current applications for composites in manufacturing could be affected by the use of AM.

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Titanium Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing - 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

November 2016

Report #

SMP-AM-TI2017-1116

Titanium Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing - 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

SmarTech Publishing was the first industry analysis firm to publish a report on the market opportunities emerging from additively manufactured titanium.  In this story, we bring the story up to date with a full analysis on the markets for of AM utilizing metal powders and other titanium feedstocks in modern commercial additive manufacturing systems. 

We believe that titanium printing is becoming the largest opportunity for metal additive manufacturing materials, with revenues exceeding all other alloy groups used in metal AM over the next ten-year period. Sought after primarily for its high strength to weight ratio, biological inertness, and other desirable properties when combined with additive layer manufacturing, titanium alloys are burgeoning in the medical, aerospace, automotive, dental, and consumer products industries.

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3D Printing Software Markets -  2016: A Ten-Year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis
Published

October 2016

Report #

SMP-3DP-SOFTM-1016

3D Printing Software Markets -  2016: A Ten-Year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis

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.

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Opportunities for 3D Printing in the Electronics Industry - 2016
Published

October 2016

Report #

SMP-3DP-ELECTR-1016

Opportunities for 3D Printing in the Electronics Industry - 2016

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.

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