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Advances in 4D Printing (Technical Insights)

  • June 2014
  • 50 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2212035

Summary

Table of Contents

Nine Pronged Technology Evaluation--Next Paradigm in Manufacturing

The future of four-dimensional (4D) printing and its market implications will be determined by the breadth and depth of its application potential and its ability to unleash a whole new world of application segments and opportunities. From printing human organs to parts that are used in aerospace and automotive sectors, 4D printing promises to hold significantly high capability. Moreover, 4D printing has a very optimistic scenario and its prospect in the future is expected to be bright in and impact multiple industries. The research service offers insights primarily on nine dimensions of 4D Printing technology and its future market implications.

Research Scope
The future of four-dimensional (4D) printing and its market implications will be determined by the breadth and depth of its application potential and its ability to unleash a whole new world of application segments and opportunities. From printing human organs to parts that are used in aerospace and automotive sectors, 4D printing promises to hold significantly high capability. Moreover, 4D printing has a very optimistic scenario and its prospect in the future is expected to be bright in and impact multiple industries.
The research service offers insights primarily on nine dimensions of 4D Printing technology and its future market implications.

-Year of Impact
-Market Potential
-Global Footprint
-IP Activity
-Funding
-Breadth of Industries
-Impact on Megatrend
-Potential Points of Convergence
-Size of Innovation Ecosystem

Key Findings

Year of Impact
-This novel technology—an extension of 3D printing that involves materials that can change their properties in response to external stimuli—is expected to have a high impact in various industries in the next 10 years.

IP Activity
-Since materials such as shape memory alloys and self healing materials play a key role in product development using 4D printing technology. The developments in these material sector is expected to increase.

Funding Scenario
-As of now, most of the funding is from the government agencies, especially in the USA. This trend is expected to change in the next 3-4 years with more public and private sector funding from various parts of the world.
Breadth of Industries Impacted
-Aerospace, defense, automotive, and health-care are seen to be the primary industries adopting this technology. The adoption is expected to increase once the technology is made commercially available.

Impact on Megatrend
-Megatrends will be one of the key factors for the increase in R&D activities in 4D printing technology in the next 5-10 years.
Size of Innovation Ecosystem
-Currently, the R&D activities in 4D printing technology are concentrated largely in the North American region. This trend is expected to increase in other parts of the world in the years to come.

Global Footprint
-North America is seen to be the leader in R&D activities in this novel technology. They are followed by the Asia pacific and the EU regions.
Potential Points of Convergence
-Multiple industries, such as, commercial goods, nanotechnology, infrastructure, fashion and jewelry, and home appliances, have potential to adopt 4D printing. However, it is the health-care and defense sectors that would adopt this technology initially after commercialization.

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