Market Reports: New 3D Printing Materials Opportunities

3D Printing in Dentistry 2018: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

January 2018

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SMP-3D-18DENTAL-0118

3D Printing in Dentistry 2018: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

Dentists worldwide continue to leverage digital workflows and manufacturing processes, having long since identified that digital dentistry represents the future of the industry. Indeed, 3D printing is well positioned to become the leading digital process in dental fabrication worldwide given its flexibility in efficient and accurate production of everything from dental models, to orthodontic aligners, to PFM restorations, to denture frameworks and beyond. 
 
This third dedicated study from SmarTech expands coverage to consider the greater transformative potential of 3D printing in dentistry, which is in better enabling dental treatment by bringing personalized device fabrication closer to the point of care in the dentist's office.
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Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Oil & Gas Markets 2017: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

November 2017

Report #

SMP-AM-OG-2017-112017

Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Oil & Gas Markets 2017: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

In 2016 SmarTech released the first ever in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing for the Oil and Gas industry. Our conclusion was the that this sector would become a major adopter of additive adopter of additive manufacturing technologies.  Our 2017 report on this topic shows that our projections were correct.   GE is now actively printing a variety of metal components for use in its oil and gas operations, while Halliburton is actively exploring the use cases for field production of active parts.  Reasons to purchase this new report: 

  • The report includes a current discussion of the how additive manufacturing is increasing efficiency and streamlining supply chains in an oil and gas industry that continues to be beset by low prices for fossil fuels
  • It also contains examples of how the oil and gas industry has adopted the latest additive manufacturing techniques for metals and adapted them for the industry’s specific needs.  We show how the industry is now using additive manufacturing for printed metal components with increasing opportunities for large print volumes
  • In addition, this study contains an analysis of how additive manufacturing is making operational and cost differences in the oil and gas industry in all phases of production -- downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas supply.  Our ten-year forecasts of additive manufacturing in the oil and gas sector covering all relevant technologies, materials, and estimations of printed part volumes.  These forecasts are based on SmarTech’s proprietary additive adoption model for the oil and gas industry, designed to gauge current and future use of AM.
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Opportunities for Additive Manufacturing in Medical Devices – Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Audiology:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast
Published

November 2017

Report #

SMP-AM-MD2017-1117

Opportunities for Additive Manufacturing in Medical Devices – Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Audiology:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

As the medical 3D printing segment continues to evolve in ways which set it apart from the rest of the rapid prototyping and industrial additive manufacturing markets, interest in apply various technologies into the fabrication of medical devices has grown significantly. On the success of the orthopedic implants, surgical guide, and dental segments, now other medical practice areas have begun exploring digital manufacturing processes as a means to improve efficiency, and build a global supply chain to patients in need.

Prosthetic devices are the third major area of exploration for 3D printing technologies in medicine today, marked by two distinctly different medical treatment areas -audiology and the orthotics & prosthetics (O&P) markets. Such externally applied devices now being made with 3D printing technologies include hearing aids, upper and lower extremity prosthetics and componentry, and orthotic insoles and braces.

Where orthotic and prosthetic devices are just emerging as an area of interest and commercial opportunity with strong growth potential, the use of 3D printing in hearing aids has been long established. The outlook and market analysis in each area is therefore compared and contrasted, including an up-to-date outlook for continued growth opportunities for 3D printing in the hearing aid segment which has often incorrectly been written off as totally saturated.

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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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