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Future of 3-D Printing—Key Implications to Industries

  • August 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 96 pages

The Global 3-D Printing Market to be Worth $21.5 Billion by 2025

The research service sets the stage for visionary thinking by identifying and analyzing one of the upcoming manufacturing technology. Printing holds great promise to significantly impact the traditional manufacturing practice. This presentation would highlight examples of companies that are adopting the 3D printing in their process line, thus elucidating its impact on their business ecosystem. It also provides information on the total addressable 3D printing market size opportunity and discusses 3D printing business models, value chain and supply chain. It also provides an analysis of macro-to-micro implications of the various attributes of 3D printing—crowdsourcing, mass customization, small-batch manufacturing and on-demand production.

Key Findings
1 3-D printing will transform the future of manufacturing with its ability to eliminate time-consuming techniques such as cutting or drilling. With the computer-driven additive manufacturing technology, the industries expect to save up to % in prototyping costs.
2 The global 3-D printing market in 2025 is expected to reach a revenue potential of $ billion. The consumer and commercial products are expected to account for % of the 3-D printing market by 2025, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of % between 2009 and 2025.
3 Critical factors that will decide the mass adoption of 3-D printing by businesses and consumers are usability, functionality, and total cost of ownership. Considerable advancement in technology will lead to the development of 3-D printers with higher build speed and accuracy, which in turn will bring down the total cost of ownership.
4 The 3-D printing industry value chain is extremely fragmented with no clear one-stop-shop solution provider or one that offers end-to-end solutions. The emergence of integrators providing products/services across the value chain will drive the mainstream adoption of the 3-D printers in manufacturing.
5 As 3-D printers become more affordable, accessible, accurate (high resolution), and most importantly faster, they are expected to disrupt or collapse more industries than previously thought possible. For example, in the automotive industry, 3-D printing has already evolved to produce thousands of advanced automotive product components with per unit process speed reduced from hours to minutes.
6 Big supply chains will become obsolete. With the widespread commercialization of 3-D printing, the need to ship parts and products from or to local/regional makers will be eliminated, resulting in the near-sourcing of the components. This will lead to near-sourcing and energy savings of around to % from transportation and other logistics activities.
7 The United States and China are among the largest countries standing to gain the most from the 3-D printing opportunity based on their level of investment, government catalysis, and manufacturing potential in the 3-D printing market. As these nations emerge as global manufacturing hubs, countries such as Japan and the United Kingdom will stand to lose market ground unless they drive adoption of 3-D printing technology in key industries.
8 Increasing popularity of 3-D printing will create 4 key business models—direct manufacturing, contract manufacturing, 3-D printing as a service, and retail 3-D printing, with the latter 2 models being very unique. 3-D printing as a service is an online business model that is an amalgamation of contract manufacturing and the online marketplace model.
9 3-D printing is moving from rapid prototyping to finished products with the latest in research and development (R&D) revealing the ability to bio-print full human organs such as ears through bio 3-D printers (in the distant future, beyond 2030).

Table Of Contents

Future of 3-D Printing—Key Implications to Industries

Executive Summary
Key Findings
Executive Summary—Introduction to 3-D Printing
Executive Summary—3-D Printing vs. Traditional Manufacturing
Executive Summary—Year of Impact: Key Application Sectors
Executive Summary—Major 3-D Printing Technologies
Executive Summary—Value Chain of 3-D Printing Industry
Executive Summary—How is 3-D Printing being Monetized: Key Business Models
Executive Summary—3-D Printing Business Model Comparison
Executive Summary—3-D Printing: Key Supply Chain Models
Executive Summary—3-D Printing Market Potential
Executive Summary—3-D Printing Industry Adoption Map
Executive Summary—3-D Printing and its Impact on Key Economies
Executive Summary—3-D Printing: Key Transformational Shifts
Executive Summary—4-D Printing is Next


Research Scope, Objective, and Methodology
Research Scope
Research Aims and Objectives
Key Questions the Study will Answer
Research Background
Research Methodology—From Macro to Micro
Research Methodology


Overview and Definition
Introduction to 3-D Printing
3-D Printing vs. Traditional Manufacturing
Year of Commercial Impact—Key Application Sectors
Key Attributes of 3-D Printing
Crowdsourcing and 3-D Printing
Crowdsourcers Leading the Change
On-demand Production and 3-D Printing
Small-batch Manufacturing and 3-D Printing
Mass Customization and 3-D Printing


3-D Printing Technology Landscape
Major 3-D Printing Technologies
Comparative Analysis of 3-D Printing Technologies
3-D Printing Materials—Process and Application Mapping
3-D Printing Technology—Patent Landscape
4-D Printing is Next


3-D Printing Mainstream Adoption—Empirical Comparison
3-D Printing Going Mainstream
3-D Printing Going Mainstream—Consumer Application
Price Trend Comparison—3-D Printers vs. 2-D printers
3-D Printers to Replace Compute Numeric Control (CNC) Machines
Personal 3-D Printers—Domestic Use of 3-D Printing
Comparison of Personal 3-D Printers


3-D Printing Value Chain and Business Models
Value Chain of 3-D Printing Industry
How is 3-D Printing Being Monetized—Key Business Models
3-D Printing Business Model Comparison
In-house 3-D Printing—Factory Blueprint
In-house 3-D Printing—Ford and General Electric
Contract Manufacturing Model—Working Model
Case Study: Contract Manufacturing Model—Rapid Processing Solutions Inc.
3-D Printing as a Service—Example: Shapeways, Sculpteo
Case Study: Retail 3-D Printing—Cubify


3-D Printing and Supply Chain Implications
Impact of 3-D Printing on Supply Chain
3-D Printing—Key Supply Chain Models
Mapping Business Models Against the Supply Chain Models


3-D Printing Market Potential and Investment Scenario
3-D Printing Market Potential
3-D Printer Shipments
3-D Printing Market—Investment Scenario
3-D Printing and its Impact on Key Economies


3-D Printing Impact on Key Industries
Industrial 3-D Printers
3-D Printing Industry Adoption Map
Key Industries Using 3-D Printing
Case Study: Urbee—The World's 1st 3-D-printed Car
Case Study—3-D Printing in Aerospace
Case Study—3-D Printing in Healthcare Industry
Case Study—3-D Printing in Personal Accessories Industry


Strategic Recommendations and Conclusions
3-D Printing—Key Transformational Shifts
3-D Printing—Strategic Recommendations and Conclusions
Legal Disclaimer


On-demand Production and 3-D Printing
3-D Printing in Education
Case Study—3-D Printing in Education
Challenges for 3-D Printing to Go Mainstream
Key Implications of 3-D Printing Industrialization
List of Companies by Value Chain Role

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