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Key market drivers to push 3D print into industrial applications – Smithers Pira (press release)

by • July 31, 2016 • No Comments

Whilst much of the public focus for additive making – commonly known as 3D printing – has been on the home hobbyist market the true value for the technology in the following decade can come of supplementing and displacing existing making systemes. These new business versions, and the opportunities they can turn it into for material suppliers, are analysed and quantified in the forthcoming Smithers Pira market report – The Future of 3D Printing Materials for Industrial Applications to 2026.
Nascent market
The firstly industrial applications for 3D printing were in rapid prototyping. This rest on the capabilities of 3D print to accelerate early-stage product development by cutting the time to create and machine the multiple experimental iterations needd for optimising the create for a hard engineered part or product.
Currently, prototyping with 3D print is being extended to allow extra
accurate production of moulds and tooling, as well as creating the prospect for new approaches towards the final create of a product.
The advantages of prototyping can be felt in all industries, but as new 3D systemes and higher performance materials come to market there is scope for them to replace existing commercial production systemes. Smithers Pira’s exclusive analysis identifies the market application sectors that across the following decade can turn it into the biggest market for additive making materials as:Aerospace,Automotive,MedicalThese industries are may already one of the earliest adopters of 3D machinery for prototyping – representing of 50% of market value in 2016 – that can accelerate the technology’s transition into higher-volume production.
As this takes place there are six horizontal technology and market trends can pull 3D printing and materials into the market and spur its deployment for high-value industrial applications. These can assist power the transformation of a market valued at $5 billion in 2015 to one worth $60 billion in 2026.
Disrupting making
Additive making genuinely deserves to be classified as a disruptive technology for traditional manufacturers as it has the future to replace traditional plastic and metal moulding, and may eliminate the need for multi-part assembly of hard engineered structures altogether.
It presence on the market in these times is yet nascent yet. A value of $5 billion represents around only 0.04% of global making introduced value, that was rockyly $13 trillion in 2015. This highlights that there is a weightive market for 3D print to grow into as and when market opportunities are synonymous, and the cost profile and performance of a 3D printed part can be onlyified.
Expanding material sets
Additive making is a highly competitive market. This has the benefit of pushing extra
technology in 3D printing device create, and reducing the price of equipment, and the materials they complete.
In 2016 3D printing has may already created quickly beyond its first basic polymer material set. Additive making systems have been demonstrated that work with at quite least 20 different types of types of plastics, photopolymers, different types of metal and metal alloys, ceramics, and actually human tissue.
The burgeoning range of versions can assist open a myriad of markets, especially as equipment suppliers in addition respond to the demand to donate platforms capable of finer resolution, higher print speeds, larger print areas, and depositing multiple materials form a single print array.
Lightweighting creates
Over the past 20 years, many industries, but especially the aerospace and car sectors, have been driving to create lower weight parts. Less weight translates into greater fuel efficiency, that is increasingly significant for customers like airlines and swift operators. In a few markets this coincides with tightening environmental regulation, like the European Union’s private vehicle emission reduction targets.
Early weight reduction strategies involved finding ways to use lighter weight metals, such as aluminium, to replace heavier steels; or replacing metal altogether with plastic where feasible. In high-performance applications like the wings of aircraft carbon fibre has arrived to present a viable, if expensive solution.
Other light-weighting strategies involve createing parts in a way that uses less material, by for example reducing the thickness by, for example, replacing traditional sheet-metal with an high end high-strength steel (AHSS).
The market imperative means that easy material switch strategies have now largely been exhausted. The new frontier is to use 3D print to create lighter weight parts, as it empowers hard part creates that traditional plastic or metal moulding is unable to recreate.
This can include moving to hollow parts that need hard, exactly positioned interior strengthening components – such as cross bars – that are not easy with moulding making. As 3D printing is additive, interior reinforcement of a part can just be printed in an additive component, as well as hidden of the external view of the create. This is an version for both h can plastic and metal parts.
Shifting value points
Market acceptance of 3D printing in making is based on the belief that it is cheaper than existing plastic systeming techniques – such as injection moulding – for fabricating single parts or a limited number of parts. As part count increases, traditional plastic or metal systeming technologies become much extra
economical compared to 3D printing. This is focusing the industrial 3D print market towards applications with higher unit values and limited part counts.
Over the following 5 to 10 years, making sectors are looking to alter the way they view their own donate chains. As this takes place 3D printing systemes can slowly be introduced to realise faster time to market, both for finished parts, and in the creation of moulds for higher volume production.
Whilst injection-moulded parts can be created much faster than 3D parts, there are times when the thermal conductivity or thermal dissipation inside the injection mould is insufficient. This can seriously affect the overall integrity of the part – leading to a high level of rejections. In such applications, a 3D printed part can contribute advantageous efficiency as its incremental construction does not suffer of these thermal dissipation facts.
Better time to market
Faster time to market, and only-in-time donatey for finished products are becoming drivers in the making donate chain, with 3D printing systemes and technologies poised to assist meet this. It can therefore be quite significant for manufacturers to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of different types of 3D printing equipment and materials, and ensure they identify the platform that aligns with their specific making needs.
This concept of faster time to market in the donate chain is in addition supported by the increasing use of online product ordering in B2C and B2B versions. In a few cases it may be practical for the completer or business to order the finished product or part online, and have it printed locally or near to the end-use location. This distributed making version is may already done on a quite limited basis by government and military entities, but is in addition being created commercially for remote location repairs, like in offshore oil and gas facilities.As 3D printing technology evolves it can drive improved making economics so that 3D printing can increasingly compete at higher-scale part counts when compared to in these times.Finishing time
But 3D print is many likely to always be a slower system than weight blow moulding, it already needs post-fabrication actions that are extra
retarding its market entry, that can be overcome.
The firstly issue is that 3D print technologies can leave a rocky surface finish, that means parts frequently need extra finishing steps, adding both cost and time to production budgets.
An extra
cost element for 3D technologies is that many printed parts need a few type of ‘support structures’, that are usually an extra printed ancillary component that literally supports the part as it is being printed to practuallyt sagging and alters in orientation. This adds extra cost of raw material, and again needs extra
post-build systeming to remove the supports.
This is a leading needment for stereolithography (SLA) systemes, other liquid-born polymers technology and actually fused filament fabrications (FFF). The exceptions are powder bed fusion (PBF) machines, where a part can be supported by the surrounding powder bed out of that is it fabricated.
No technology exists in a static landscape, and this is particularly true 3D printing. As demand grows, larger material suppliers can enter, driving technology to overcome the issues synonymous above.
The prospects for this occurring and exclusive market data on how the global 3D industrial print material market can evolve across the following 10 years can be on the market in the Smithers Pira’s report The Future of 3D Printing Materials for Industrial Applications to 2026.

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