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Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Automotive Industry: A Ten-Year Forecast

Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Automotive Industry: A Ten-Year Forecast

Automotive manufacturers were among the earliest adopters of additive manufacturing/3D printing (3DP) technology, but for decades have relegated 3D printing technology to low volume prototyping applications, while other industries have taken additive manufacturing to new levels. But today, an explosion of growth in utilization of 3D printing from automotive manufacturers is powering an evolution in automobile design and production. In this latest report, SmarTech illustrates how 3D printing in the automotive industry will generate a combined $1.1 billion dollars by 2019.

SmarTech believes that the automotive industry is at inflection point in its adoption of 3D printing, driven by several key trends:

  • Record print volumes for 3D printed prototype parts are being achieved by several automotive manufacturers, upwards of hundreds of thousands of parts per year.
  • Use of 3D printing in automotive is evolving from relatively simple concept models for fit and finish checks and design verification, to functional parts that are used in test vehicles, engines, and platforms. This represents a shift in 3D printing adoption towards higher value applications and is an early step towards acceptance of 3D printed end-use parts in automobiles.
  • Leading automotive manufacturers are expanding beyond prototyping and test part production with 3D printing, and now experimenting with utilizing the technology for production of tooling and other parts to enhance the overall manufacturing processes for automobiles.

With these advancements, SmarTech has developed a customer adoption model for 3D printing specific to participants in the automotive industry. A key feature of this report, the model is a template for illustrating the automotive industry's current and potentially future adoption of 3D printing technology.

With these dramatic developments in mind, SmarTech is publishing this new report on the opportunities for 3D printing/additive manufacturing in the automotive industry over the next decade:

  • This report looks at the new business opportunities generated from selling 3DP equipment into the automotive industry. This report also looks at the growing value of 3DP materials, software and services that the automotive sector will consume.
  • In addition, the report also examines the limitations of 3DP in automotive industry, and how several key companies are overcoming them in order to broaden the use of 3D printing in automotive.
  • As well as analysis, this report includes SmarTech’s ten-year forecast of 3DP equipment, software, services and materials consumed by the automotive industry.  Projections of both sales value and unit sales are included, along with breakouts by geographical region. The report also includes discussions of how major 3DP firms are adapting their 3DP product market strategies specifically to meet the needs of the automotive industry.

SmarTech believes that this report will be essential reading for business development and marketing executives in both the automotive industry and at 3DP firms.

PAGE COUNT FOR THIS REPORT: 107

Chapter One:  Introduction
1.1 History of 3D Printing in the Automotive Industry
1.2 Evolution of 3D Printing in Automotive: Beyond Prototyping
1.2.1 Future Development Trends for 3D Printing in Automotive
1.2.2 Adoption Model for 3D Printing in Automotive
1.3 Objective and Scope of this Report
1.4 Methodology of this Report
1.5 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two:  Rapid Prototyping Applications in the Automotive Industry 
2.1 Conceptual Value Propositions for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive
2.1.1 The Most Important Benefit for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive - Reduced Product Development Time
2.1.2 Increasing Creativity in Design to Produce Better Automobiles
2.1.3 Enhancing Design Efficiency
2.2 Function Value Propositions for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive
2.2.1 3D Printing's Role in Reducing Weight
2.2.2 3D Printing's Role in Reducing Part Counts
2.2.3 Enhanced Product Customization 
2.3 Supply Chain Value Propositions for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive
2.4 Concept Models Versus Functional Prototypes
2.4.1 Concept Models - Interior Components
2.4.2 Concept Models - Tire Design
2.4.3 Concept Models - Air Ducting, Piping, Covers
2.4.4 Concept Models - Aerodynamic Models
2.4.5 Functional Models - Cylinder Heads and Blocks
2.4.6 Functional Models - Fuel Tanks, Manifolds, Oil Pans
2.4.7 Functional Models - Housings and Supports
2.5 Improvements for Automotive Prototyping Coming Down the Pipeline
2.5.1 Recent Improvements
2.6 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Three: Additive Manufacturing of End Use Parts & Tooling in the Automotive Industry
3.1 Requirements for Additive Manufacturing of End Use Parts
3.2 Applying Additive Manufacture of End Use Parts to Automotive 
3.2.1 How Additive Manufactured Parts Can Increase Fuel Economy
3.2.2 How Additive Manufactured Parts Can Increase Part Performance
3.2.3 How Additive Manufactured Parts Can Increase Product Differentiation
3.2.4 Automotive Supply Chain Enhancement Through Additive Manufacturing
3.3 Current Use Cases for Additive Manufacture of End Use Components in Automotive
3.3.1 3D Printed Castable Molds and Cores
3.3.2 3D Printed Hand Tools, Jigs, and Fixtures for Enhancement of Traditional Automotive Manufacture
3.3.3 3D Printed End Use Parts in Performance Autosports and Luxury Vehicles
3.4 Future Uses and Business Models for Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
3.4.1 Replacement Automotive Parts
3.4.2 3D Printed Automobiles
3.4.3 Repair of Traditional Automotive Tooling
3.5 Trends in Automotive Additive Manufacturing of End Use Parts
3.5.1 Powder Doping Will Increase Appearance and Performance
3.5.2 Carbon Fiber Testing Develops
3.5.3 Metal 3D Printing Process Development for End Use Parts in Automotive
3.6 Opportunities for Large Format Sand 3D Printing of Rapid Tooling in Automotive
3.6.1 Sand Best Suited for Specialized Mold Components
3.6.2 Relevant Recent Developments in Sand Printing
3.7 Challenges for Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
3.7.1 Quality Assurance, Regulation, and Standards
3.7.2 Education and Communication of Value
3.8 Key Points From This Chapter

Chapter Four: 3D Printing Materials in the Automotive Industry
4.1 Thermoplastics
4.1.1 Polyamides
4.1.2 PEEK and Polyetherimide
4.1.3 Nylon 11 & 12
4.1.4 Extrusion Versus Laser Sintering
4.2 Photopolymers
4.2.1 Photopolymers Versus Thermoplastics in Automotive
4.3.1 Plastic Printing Taking on Critical Mass in Automotive
4.3 Powdered Composites for Binder Jetting
4.3.1 3D Systems Technology
4.3.2 Voxeljet Technology
4.3.3 Future of Binder Jetted Plastics in Automotive
4.4. Metal Powders and Other Metal Materials
4.4.1 Aluminum
4.4.2 Premium Metals (Titanium, Cobalt Chrome, Nickel Alloys)
4.4.3 Direct Metal Tooling and Tool Repair
4.5 Other Materials Used in 3D Printing Automotive
4.5.1 Considerations for 3D Foundry Sand Demand
4.5.2 Improved Binding Agents Create High Quality Parts
4.6 New Material Trends in the Automotive Industry
4.6.1 Graphene and Carbon Fiber Advancements
4.6.2 Photopolymer Paste Composites
4.7 Key Points From This Chapter

Chapter Five: Market Dynamics for 3D Printing in Automotive (Manufacturers, Service Providers, and End Users)
5.1 Leading 3D Printer Manufacturers in Automotive 
5.1.1 3D Systems
5.1.2 Stratasys
5.1.3 ExOne
5.1.4 voxlejet
5.1.5 EOS
5.1.6 Other Manufacturers
5.2 Leading 3D Printing Service Providers in Automotive
5.2.1 Materialise
5.2.2 Solid Concepts/Stratasys
5.3 Leading End Users of 3D Printing in Automotive
5.3.1 Ford Motor Company
5.3.2 BMW Group
5.3.3 Opel
5.6 Key Points From This Chapter

Chapter Six: Market Outlook and Ten-Year Forecast of 3D Printing in the Automotive Sector
6.1 Forecasting Methodology
6.2 Forecast Assumptions and Trends
6.2.1 Price Trends for 3D Printers for the Automotive Industry
6.2.2 Price Trends for 3D Printed Materials for the Automotive Industry
6.2.3 Build Rates and Chamber Size
6.3 Total Additive Automotive Market Opportunity
6.3.1 North American Market
6.3.2 European Market
6.3.3 Japense Market
6.3.4 Chinese Market
6.3.5 Rest of World Markets
6.4 Ten Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Hardware in the Automotive Industry
6.4.1 Hardware Shipments
6.4.2 Hardware Revenues
6.5 Ten Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Materials in the Automotive Industry
6.5.1 Material Revenues
6.5.2 Material Shipments
6.6 Ten Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Services & Software in the Automotive Industry
6.6.1 Services
6.6.2 Software

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

List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1-1: Automotive Industry Adoption Model for 3D Printing
Exhibit 1-2: Automotive Industry Adoption Model for 3D Printing
Exhibit 3-1: Automotive Manufacturing Requirements Influencing Next Generation Vehicles 
Exhibit 3-2: Tooling Applications for Different 3D Printing Processes
Exhibit 3-3: The New Multispot Laser Melting System
Exhibit 3-4: Theory of Technology Acceptance
Exhibit 4-1: Thermoplastic Fabrication Method Analysis for Automotive Applications
Exhibit 4-2: Current Uses of Metal Additive Manufacturing Transferrable to Automotive  
Exhibit 5-1: Auto Industry Adoption Model 
Exhibit 5-2: Summary of Key Companies in 3D Printing Automotive Market 
Exhibit 6-1: Total 3D Printing Automotive Market Revenues
Exhibit 6-2: Total 3D Printing Revenues in North American Automotive Market 
Exhibit 6-3: Total 3D Printing Revenues in European Automotive Market 
Exhibit 6-4: Total 3D Printing Revenues in Japanese Automotive Market 
Exhibit 6-5: Total 3D Printing Revenues in Chinese Automotive Market 
Exhibit 6-6: Total 3D Printing Revenues in Rest of World Automotive Market 
Exhibit 6-7: Global 3D Printer Shipments by Category
Exhibit 6-8: Global Automotive 3D Printer Install Base
Exhibit 6-9: Global 3D Printer Hardware by Category
Exhibit 6-10: 3D Printer Hardware Revenue by Region
Exhibit 6-11: Global 3D Printing Materials Revenues by Category
Exhibit 6-12: 3D Printer Materials Revenue by Region
Exhibit 6-13: Global 3D Printer Material Shipments by Category
Exhibit 6-14: Global 3D Printing Services Revenue
Exhibit 6-15: 3D Printer Services Revenue by Region
Exhibit 6-16: Global 3D Printing Software Revenues

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