3D Printing Industry Market Reports

Markets for Automated 3D Printing: 2016 to 2027:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

October 2017

Report #

SMP-AM-MA3DP-1017

Markets for Automated 3D Printing: 2016 to 2027:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

Automation of 3D printing is very likely to become one of the most important revenue segments for AM within the next decade. This means that the medium and long-term potential for adoption of automation in 3D printing is something that both 3D printer manufacturers and manufacturing companies need to take into consideration. As industrial 3D printers go from stand-alone systems, used mostly for prototyping, tooling and single part production to becoming the core systems within integrated digital mass production lines, a number of opportunities are expected to emerge in the transformation of the factory of tomorrow.

Over the past two years, as 3D printing began to shift from a process used for prototyping and small batch technology to a large batch and mass customization production technology, all major industrial 3D printer OEM’s have begun to pay closer attention to integrating their systems both within 3D printer networks (or “farms”) and within automated production lines. SmarTech Publishing expects that over the next ten years the majority of industrial 3D printers will be production-ready and will integrate native or add-on automation capabilities, thus presenting a very significant revenue opportunity for all parties involved in building the infrastructure to the digital, additive, automated factory of tomorrow.

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Opportunities for 3D Printing Software 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

October 2017

Report #

SMP-AM-SW2017-0917

Opportunities for 3D Printing Software 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

In this report, the second in the first ever global report series to define and quantify the 3D printing software market, SmarTech expands its original vision and market analysis to include the key software tools which we believe will define additive manufacturing over the next two decades. New analysis includes trends and insights for software to support in-situ process monitoring of 3D printing, additive manufacturing process simulation tools, and more. Segmentation of the global software opportunity is further refined in this study to include software opportunities by print process, material family, and beyond.

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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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