3D Printing - Thematic Research

3D Printing - Thematic Research


3D printing is in its mid-thirties and is now approaching market growth that Chuck Hull could only have dreamt about when he invented it in 1983.

By 2025, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, will be a $32bn industry, rising to over $60bn by 2030. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2018 and 2025 will be 16%, according to GlobalData estimates, with software growing slightly faster than hardware, materials and services.

Yet behind the optimism, competition and casualties are increasing: UK powder maker Metalysis recently went into administration before being rescued by Power Resources, a mining company; SLM Solutions, a German manufacturer of 3D metal printers, had a poor first half of 2019, selling a third of the machines it sold in the first half of 2018 with revenues down 45%; and Organovo is considering its strategic options after biological performance issues with its 3D-printed liver tissues.

Key Highlights

The 3D printing industry has come a long way since 1983 when Chuck Hull, co-founder of 3D Systems, created the first-ever 3D printed part. It still has a long way to go. Hull’s invention led to the creation of an industry that has, until recently, been used primarily for prototyping purposes. Recent years have seen its disruptive influence growing and 3D printing is increasingly being used in the creation of final products.


  • This report provides an overview of the global 3D printing market.
  • It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months.
  • It includes a comprehensive industry analysis, outlining the key growth areas and potential use cases.
  • It identifies the leading players in the 3D printing industry, across all segments of the value chain.
  • The report also outlines industries at risk of disruption from 3D printing over the next five years, including manufacturing, healthcare, and construction.
Reasons to buy
  • 3D printing technology, coupled with better knowledge of its potential in the economics of manufacturing, has applications in a growing range of products, ranging from the largest industries to the smallest personal products, from jet engines to custom-designed underwear, from tailored running shoes to life-saving living tissue.
  • Ultimately, it even has the potential to disrupt and transform the entire manufacturing industry supply chain. This report provides a detailed overview of the 3D printing market, including identfying the leading players and providing market sizign data for the four main segments of the market (hardware, software, materials, and services).

  • Introduction
  • Players
    • Table Figure 1: Who are the leading players in the 3D printing sector?
  • Technology briefing
    • Definition
    • The eight different types of 3D printing technology
      • Table Figure 2: There are eight primary technologies within the 3D printing industry
      • Table Figure 3: Fused deposition modelling
      • Table Figure 4: Direct metal deposition
      • Table Figure 5: Powder bed fusion
      • Table Figure 6: Binder jetting
      • Table Figure 7: Material jetting
      • Table Figure 8: Vat photopolymerization
      • Table Figure 9: Sheet lamination
      • Table Figure 10: Bioprinting
    • The science behind 3D printing
      • Table Figure 11: Producing the starting materials
      • Table Figure 12: Smooth powder’s better molecular structure improves flowability and printing
    • The technology of materials
    • 4D printing
      • Table Figure 13: A 4D printed object can change its shape and behavior
    • The cost of 3D printing
      • Table Figure 14: Ranking the cost of additive manufacturing methods
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
  • Industry analysis
    • There are five clear use cases for 3D printing…
    • …and increasingly, 3D printing will be used in digital manufacturing
    • Market size and growth forecasts
      • Table Figure 15: By 2030, the global additive manufacturing market will exceed $60bn in spend
    • Competitive analysis
      • Table Figure 16: New blood starts to make its mark on the 3D printing market
    • Mergers and acquisitions
      • Table Mergers and acquisitions
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 17: The 3D printing story
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 18: The 3D printing industry value chain
    • Hardware
      • Table Figure 19: 3D printing hardware: leaders and challengers
    • Materials
      • Table Figure 20: 3D printing materials: leaders and challengers
    • Software
      • Table Figure 21: 3D printing software: leaders and challengers
    • Services
      • Table Figure 22: 3D printing services: leaders and challengers
  • How 3D printing is disrupting industries
    • Table Figure 23: Online 3D Printing provides a clue as to which industries are being most disrupted
    • Manufacturing
      • Table Figure 24: 3D printing repair of a gear using DED
    • Automotive
      • Table Figure 25: Creating a 3D printed car
    • Aerospace
      • Table Figure 26: GE’s 3D printed fuel nozzle for the LEAP engine proved the technology’s use in aerospace
    • Consumer goods
      • Table Figure 27: 3D printing provides customers with personalization options
    • Healthcare
      • Table Figure 28: 3D printing is being used to create models that can aid surgeons in operations
      • Table Figure 29: Smile Direct’s approach to teethstraightening is disrupting the $12bn orthodontics industry
    • Construction
      • Table Figure 30: 3D printing expands the limits of construction
    • Jewelry
      • Table Figure 31: 3D printing techniques are now being used to create jewelry
    • Food
      • Table Figure 32: BeeHex is a 3D printing spin-off from NASA
    • Toys
      • Table Figure 33: The toy industry is also in danger of disruption from 3D printing
  • Companies
    • Public companies
      • Table Public companies
    • Private companies
      • Table Private companies
  • Who’s Who in 3D Printing
    • Classification by value chain segment
      • Table Figure 34: Who’s who in 3D printing: value chain
    • Classification by 3D printing technology
      • Table Figure 35: Who’s who in 3D printing: hardware
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Appendix: Our thematic research methodology
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    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our “thematic engine”
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 36: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • How our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem
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