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Executive Analysis of 3-D Printing in the Automotive Industry 

  • 68 pages, published in September 2015
  • By Frost & Sullivan
  • Report Number: 3313095

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Executive Analysis of 3-D Printing in the Automotive Industry : Simplified Supply Chain Expected to Save $10 Billion Per Year by 2030

This research service analyzes the potential impact of 3-D printing on the global automotive industry. It provides insight into the fundamentals of 3-D printing technologies, as well as their current usage and future applications. While automotive original equipment manufacturers and suppliers are using this technology on a limited scale, 3-D printing is expected to have a greater effect on the supply chain and extend into automotive production. Potential disruptions to conventional production business models are analyzed, as are the challenges that 3-D printing could face. The study’s base year is 2014; the forecast period is from 2015 to 2030.

Executive Summary—Key Findings

3-D printing’s impact on the automotive industry primarily has been in research and development (R&D), but OEMs are turning the corner into commercially printed parts for mainstream production.

Automotive 3-D Printing: Key Findings, Global, 2014–2030

1.In 2014, % of 3-D printing applications in the automotive industry were for prototyping and % for production, enabling OEMs and suppliers to:

-Create proof of concepts with localized manufacturing
-Fabricate complex and unique production tools such as jigs, fixtures, and moulds
-Prototype parts, such as Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine and F-150 exhaust manifold

2. In 2014, % of 3-D printing applications in the automotive industry were for prototyping and % for production, enabling OEMs and suppliers to:
-Create proof of concepts with localized manufacturing
-Fabricate complex and unique production tools such as jigs, fixtures, and moulds
-Prototype parts, such as Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine and F-150 exhaust manifold

Key Questions this Study will Answer

-What is the current status of 3-D printing in the automotive industry, and what are the leading companies using 3-D printing technology?
-What are the basics of 3-D printing, and how has the technology enabled the automotive industry to lower costs?
-What are the challenges that companies now face with 3-D printing implementation, as well as for full-scale adoption of the technology?
-With advances in 3-D printing technology and materials, how will it affect the automotive industry, either in production, supply chain, or aftermarket areas?
-What problems may automotive OEMs encounter as the 3-D printing industry as a whole continues to evolve?

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