3D Printing in Consumer Goods - Thematic Research

3D Printing in Consumer Goods - Thematic Research


For consumer goods companies, 3D printing has the potential to create packaging or plastic product prototypes at a greater speed and at a lower cost than ever before. This means that a wider range of products can be tested effectively, and companies have a better chance of sending the best possible products and packaging off into full scale production. There is also potential for mass customization, as 3D printing can receive digitally produced customer designs and turn them into bespoke products.

This report provides an overview of 3D printing in consumer goods. It looks at how particular printing technologies have been implemented, and how popular their uptake has been. Furthermore, it assesses the impact that COVID-19 has had on this technology and what the future holds for additive manufacturing.


  • 3D Printing has moved beyond prototyping to become a form of manufacture in its own right.
  • 4D Printing, the use of smart materials that respond to external stimuli will be the next innovation space to emerge.
  • Additive manufacturing is far more extensive than it may appear. Some FMCG brands have held patents for years, indicating an already robust knowledge of printing technology.
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  • Executive summary
    • What is 3D printing?
    • The leading FMCG players
    • Inside
    • Related reports
    • Report type
  • Technology briefing
    • Definition
    • The eight different types of 3D printing technology
      • Table Figure 1: There are eight primary technologies within the 3D printing industry
      • Table Figure 2: Fused deposition modeling
      • Table Figure 3: Direct metal deposition
      • Table Figure 4: Powder bed fusion
      • Table Figure 5: Binder jetting
      • Table Figure 6: Material jetting
      • Table Figure 7: Vat photopolymerization
      • Table Figure 8: Sheet lamination
      • Table Figure 9: Bioprinting8
      • Table Figure 10: Producing the starting materials
    • The properties of raw materials and how this affects processing
      • Table Figure 11: Smooth powder's better molecular structure improves flowability and printing
      • Table Figure 12: Post 3D printing processes
      • Table Figure 13: A 4D printed object can change its shape and
      • Table Figure 14: Ranking the cost of additive manufacturing methods
  • Consumer attitudes
  • Impact on goods and services
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Market size and growth forecasts
      • Table Figure 15: The global 3D printing ma rket will exceed $60bn in spend by 2030
    • Impact of COVID-19
    • Use cases
      • Table Figure 16: Chanel launched the world's first 3D-printed
      • Table Figure 17: 3D printed glasses allow the user to enjoy a hyper-personalized ergonomic design
    • Mergers and acquisitions
      • Table Mergers and acquisitions
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 18: The 3D printing story
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 19: The 3D printing industry value chain
    • Hardware
      • Table Figure 20: 3D printing hardware: leaders and challengers
    • Materials
      • Table Figure 21: The materials value chain
    • Software
      • Table Figure 22: The software value chain
    • Services
      • Table Figure 23: The services value chain
  • Companies
    • Table Companies
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Further reading
    • GlobalData reports
      • Table GlobalData reports
  • References
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