3D printing enables the production of physical items while eliminating the traditional manufacturing channel. A part of additive manufacturing (AM), 3D printing has evolved from prototyping in various applications to the development of actual usable parts and products. This process involves building products through layering, without the intervention of cutting, drilling, etc. As a result, tweaking the underlying software helps in creation of different items. However, this technology differs from mass production, which results in a large volume of identical parts at low cost. While the majority of the items produced using 3D printing have been mock-ups and prototypes, producers are migrating towards manufacturing low-volume products to be used across various industries.
The foremost advantage of 3D printing is the production of spare parts which cannot be easily obtained otherwise. Conventional methods of manufacturing include injection molding, which is used for making larger parts such as body panels for automobiles. The automotive segment is expected to remain the largest and fastest growing over the forecast period, and accounted for over 40% of the overall market share in 2012. Healthcare is another key application, and majority of the hearing-aid shells are produced using this technology. Large number of dental labs in North America coupled with the need for production of accurate and standardized parts is a major contributor to expected increase in demand for 3D printing. On account of technological development and presence of major participants, the European market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.4% from 2013 to 2020.
Various raw materials used for making
objects via 3D printing include polymers, metals, and ceramic among
others. Amongst these, the most widely used polymer is Acrylonitrile
Butadiene Styrene (ABS). Producers are transitioning towards using
metals; however, the associated printers are more expensive in
comparison to those that work with thermoplastics and other polymers. As
a result, polymers are expected to continue dominating the global
market in the coming years. Intensifying competition is expected to
result in lowered prices and increased shipments of 3D printers in the
coming years. With products maturing rapidly, and iteratively enhancing
technology reducing the gap between objects made using 3D printing and
conventional methods, the market is expected to witness growing demand
over the forecast period. Copyright infringements and intellectual
property (IP) issues are a considerable barrier to the industry at
present. Currently, one-off products are manufactured using 3D printing;
as a result, patents and IP have not been a deciding factor for
production. However, for migration of this activity from hobbyist
communities to mass production, resolving this issue is tantamount to
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