IDTechEx Discusses the Long-Term Trends Shaping Additive Manufacturing

Writer: Sona Dadhania, Senior Expertise Analyst at IDTechEx

BOSTON, Feb. 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Ten years in the past, the 3D printing panorama was within the midst of its first massive increase. With the 2009 expiration of a key Stratasys patent that lined thermoplastic filament extrusion know-how, desktop filament printers had been taking off, buoyed by new disrupters like Makerbot. Most of the people was being launched to the probabilities of 3D printing by means of numerous eye-popping headlines that speculated on 3D printing’s utility in all the pieces from toys to telephones to organs.

Ten years later, the 3D printing panorama has clearly shifted dramatically. Whereas desktop filament printers are nonetheless the dominant printer sort by quantity, the worth {of professional} and industrial-level printers is taking on a lot of the focus. The corporate panorama in additive manufacturing has additionally reworked, with prior gamers merging or exiting and new gamers persistently rising. This demonstrates the shifting nature of this technologically evolving trade, one which IDTechEx expects to evolve significantly over the subsequent ten years as properly. What will likely be among the short- and long-term traits affecting this trade within the subsequent decade? IDTechEx explores this query of their newest report, “3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 2024-2034: Expertise and Market Outlook”, and presents a few of these traits under.

Additive manufacturing traits, as recognized by IDTechEx

The expansion of powder bed-based applied sciences: the purpose of almost each firm within the 3D printing house has been to determine the mid- to high-volume functions that 3D printing might efficiently serve. Steadily, it seems that increasingly more of those functions are being recognized, whether or not they be sand casting cores for mass manufacturing electrical autos or casings for smartphones. Some of these functions usually necessitate powder-bed 3D printing applied sciences, that are higher outfitted to take care of the throughput necessities of higher-volume functions. Therefore, IDTechEx expects powder bed-based printing applied sciences, similar to laser powder mattress fusion or binder jetting, to develop significantly over the subsequent decade. This will likely be mirrored within the rising but dominant market share of powder supplies within the 3D printing supplies market.  

A much less fragmented firm panorama in additive manufacturing: with difficult macro-economic circumstances making a extra conservative setting for elevating capital and monetary risk-taking, the significance of attaining profitability has by no means been so vital for 3D printing corporations of all sizes. With such a fragmented market consisting of over 1000 gamers in 3D printing {hardware} alone, it’s essential for mergers, acquisitions, and exits to happen at an growing tempo over the mid to long run, such that 3D printing corporations could consolidate sufficient to really facilitate reaching profitability.

A extra attention-grabbing strategy to sustainability: the dialog about sustainability in 3D printing is starting to maneuver past the best sustainability advantages that 3D printing affords – the discount of fabric waste in comparison with subtractive manufacturing applied sciences. There will likely be further consideration of the power sources used to energy energy-intensive printing applied sciences. Innovation will make recycled supplies, together with polymers, metals, and composites, way more appropriate for each low- and high-performance functions. Elevated incorporation of AI-driven software program into 3D printing provide chains will assist to scale back different waste-generating parts of additive manufacturing, similar to helps and prints with defects.

Deal with creating larger efficiency supplies for 3D printing: the inadequacies of present 3D printing supplies are a well known barrier to adoption for additive manufacturing; in comparison with the hundreds of tried-and-tested injection molding plastic grades, the comparatively restricted supplies portfolio of 3D printing has not but gained the belief of many end-users. Not solely is R&D effort being expended to scale back the deficiencies of 3D printing supplies, however many corporations are additionally seeking to create novel high-performing supplies to raised go well with the rigorous calls for of many 3D printing utility sectors. The various progressive supplies being explored for additive manufacturing, from excessive entropy alloys to nanocarbon bolstered composites to non-oxide ceramics and extra, is not going to solely improve 3D printing’s supplies portfolio but additionally broaden 3D printing’s compatibility for numerous functions within the long-term.

IDTechEx 3D printing market forecasts

IDTechEx’s report, “3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 2024-2034: Expertise and Market Outlook”, rigorously segments the market by eighty completely different forecast strains throughout seventeen completely different know-how classes, 4 main materials classes, and eight materials subcategories. These {hardware} and materials forecasts analyze future installations, {hardware} unit gross sales, {hardware} income, supplies mass demand, and materials income. Moreover, IDTechEx offers complete know-how benchmarking research, examination and case research of vital utility areas, an in depth dialogue of auxiliary AM trade fields, and in-depth market and financial evaluation. For additional data on this market, together with 150 interview-based profiles of market leaders and start-ups, know-how comparability research, enterprise mannequin evaluation, and granular 10-year market forecasts, please go to Downloadable pattern pages can be found for this report.

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