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Impact Assessment of 3D Printing Materials in Key Applications (Technical Insights) : Wide Choice Of Materials Facilitate Intricate Design And Customization Using 3D Printing Across Industries

  • December 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 64 pages

Summary

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Research Scope

3D printing is a rapidly growing technology, as rapid prototyping due to 3D printing is revolutionizing the value chain of industries, specifically in the cases of medical industry and engineering component industry such as automotive and aerospace. It has attracted the interest of the creative fashion industry, food industry and consumers for mass customization of products such as jewellery, clothing, and shoes. The desirable end product is a result of permutation and combination between printing process and the material used as feedstock. This research service (RS) titled “Impact Assessment Of 3D Printing Materials In Key Applications” reviews technology development mapping material to its application in end product in various industries.

Though material behavior, is not very predictable in additive manufacturing, in this study, impacts of various materials in 3D printing industry have been captured. Briefly, this research service provides:

•A snapshot of 3D printing industry, materials for 3D printing, industry value chain, and technology capability.
•An overview of materials used through various process in key application sectors.
•An overview of key drivers and challenges that could impact the commercial adoption of materials for 3D printing
•Review of recent developments and their impact on the end users of specific industries.
•Landscaping of the intellectual property in the 3D printing industry
•An evaluation of emerging opportunities, technology road mapping, and recommendations for technology development and management.
•A brief snapshot of key patents that provide an insight into notable activities and global participants
•A detailed list of contacts in this field.

Key Findings

The key industries impacting the 3D printing material industry are manufacturing and tooling, aerospace and defense, automotive, and healthcare (biomedical) and the commercial sector.
According to industry experts/ stakeholders, the manufacturing (including aerospace and automotive), commercial, and consumer applications will have quicker commercialization compared to the medical applications.
The global adoption scenario of the technology shows that North America leads innovations in terms of printing material technology, and Europe and Asia Pacific are catching up with the trend.
With increasing R&D and applications for 3D printing at present, and with a high interest in adoption of this technology among a wide range of industrial sectors, materials technology is expected to advance based on end-application sectors.
The end application suggests, polymers and resins are popular across industries; metallic powder and ceramics are more prevalent in manufacturing industries ( tooling, aerospace and defense, automotive).
Unconventional materials such as cocoa, sugar syrup, biocomposites, and biological components are being explored by the consumers and by 3D manufacturers to be used in commercial products.
The properties and quality of the products employing 3D printing materials would be dependent on both the raw materials and 3D printing manufacturing process.

Technology Snapshot

•3D printing is a layered, additive manufacturing process that can be used to produce heterogeneous multi-material parts or objects.
•The 3D objects are fabricated by printing various materials in different locations through separate ink-jet nozzles to get a finished end-product.
•Increasing requirements for customized manufacturing of products, along with advances in multi material joining techniques and manufacturing, are leading to favorable growth for this technology.
•3D printing enables cost-effective, less wasteful, rapid manufacturing of parts or components that can be customized based on end-user requirements.
•It becomes possible to develop an agile manufacturing environment, which may reduce the lead time from the conception to the production stage by as much as x % or more, depending on the type of manufacturing desired.
•3D printing has a growing market capability in aerospace, automotive, healthcare and consumer products.
•3D printing is expected to increase its market share rapidly to about x % by 2015.
•It is expected to see wider usage in biomedical applications and customized manufacturing, followed by applications in automobile and aerospace.

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