This report showcases a startling range of manufacturing innovations that are being enabled by 3D printing technology. Also included in an analysis of the main forces driving the market as will as the main barriers. The report also analyses how in the future the steadily increasing performance of 3D printers and 3D scanning will create a whole new category of copyright problems that will affect sectors like art, toys and film.
GE, Boeing and Airbus and others are already using 3D printers to manufacture parts which are being used in commercial products. In these and many other cases the 3D-printed parts offer a combination of performance, features and weight that lies beyond the reach of existing manufacturing technologies.
For the future, Goodyear has proposed a 3D-printed spherical tyre that has no physical contact with the car chassis - suspended by magnetic levitation - and would allow the car to move sideways while the tread could be customized to individual geographies or even drivers. Meanwhile, researchers and startups are working to create functional human limbs and replacement organs - by depositing layers of living cells onto a gel.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Executive Summary
1.1 Phased market development
1.2 3D printing will mainly expand the manufacturing industry
1.3 Limited cannibalisation
1.4 Distributed manufacturing
1.5 Copyright & intellectual property
1.6 Growth will be slow
2. What is 3D Printing?
2.2 3D printing overview
2.3 Examples of 3D printers
3. 3D Printing: The State of the Art Today
3.1 Auto makers
4. Market Segmentation: 3D Printing
4.1 Segment 1: product prototyping
4.2 Segment 2: industrial production
4.3 Segment 3: home printing
5. Market Analysis
5.1 Unique advantages of 3D printing
5.2 Market development phases
5.3 Main market application right now: prototyping
5.4 3D printing will mainly expand the manufacturing industry
5.5 Limited cannibalisation
6. Summary of Main Disruption Effects
6.1 Disruption #1: Emergence of new markets
7. Reality Check: Growth Will Be Slow...
7.1 Overall technical immaturity
7.2 Limited market application
7.3 Technological fragmentation
- 123D Catch
- 3D Bioprinting Solutions
- 3D Systems
- Continuum Fashion
- Divergent Microfactories
- Empire Cycles
- GE Aviation
- Local Motors
- Oratio B.V
- Realization Group
- Southampton University
- WE DO
- Z Corp.
- ZipDose Technology
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