PUBLISHER: Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence | PRODUCT CODE: 1087119
PUBLISHER: Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence | PRODUCT CODE: 1087119
The additive manufacturing market size is projected to witness a compounded annual growth rate of 29.86% to grow to US$65148.103 million by 2027, from US$10459.014 million in 2020. Additive manufacturing (AM), often known as 3D printing, is a revolutionary manufacturing method that enables the manufacturing of lighter, stronger parts and systems. It is yet another technological breakthrough enabled by the shift from analogue to digital operations. Communications, imaging, architecture, and engineering have all undergone digital revolutions in recent decades, and similarly, manufacturing processes can now benefit from AM's digital flexibility and efficiency. As the name implies, additive manufacturing entails adding material to an object to create it. Although 3D printing and rapid prototyping are sometimes used interchangeably to refer to additive manufacturing, each process is a subset of additive manufacturing. Moreover, while additive manufacturing may appear novel to some, the technology has been around for decades. Additive manufacturing can give a perfect trifecta of better performance, complicated geometry, and easier production in the proper applications, all of which combined are expected to propel the growth of this market significantly.
The growing need for additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology in the automotive, healthcare, and manufacturing industries is expected to drive the additive manufacturing market growth during the forecast period.
The electronics industry, in particular, is expanding at a breakneck pace, which is expected to drive up demand for 3D printed devices. This rapid expansion of the consumer electronics industry in the Asia Pacific region has increased the demand for additive manufacturing machines to manufacture 3D printed solar cells, electronic circuit boards, conductors, resistors, and dielectric and semiconductor inks, which can be processed to create both active and inert components. Moreover, in February 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) announced the release of a national plan for additive manufacturing to promote collaboration between academic institutions, government, and related industries to make India a global hub for design, innovation, and implementation of 3D printing.
Taking advantage of this growing trend, market players worldwide are undertaking strategic actions to increase their foothold in the market further. For instance, in September 2021, Markforged, an American public additive manufacturing company that designs, develops, and manufactures The Digital Forge - an industrial platform of 3D printers released its Eiger fleet to drive additive manufacturing at scale. Eiger fleet is a cloud-based software system that helps companies grow their additive manufacturing processes. Similarly, in February 2022, Mitsubishi Electric, a well-known Japanese business, released a new version of two models of its AZ600 wire-laser metal 3D printer. The release not only demonstrates huge organizations' greater embrace of 3D printing but also Mitsubishi's dedication to sustainability, as this initiative is part of their attempts to lower CO2 emissions in metal manufacturing. Likewise, the extremely adaptable and versatile additive manufacturing technology is also offering excellent opportunities for multiple start-ups to emerge, expanding the market size. Glowforge, Mighty Buildings, NTopology, Multiple Labs, and Additive Industries are a few such start-ups. By deploying strategic developments, the start-ups are also rapidly expanding their footprint in the market by attracting various investments. In June 2022, for instance, Triditive, a Spanish 3D printer announced the closure of its pre-Series A funding round with €5 million. The company intends to use its additional funds to accelerate the development of its modular AMCELL 3D printer in order to position it as a tool for "quick response to a supply chain crisis."
Growing Consumer Electronics Industry
The rise in the demand for consumer electronics is a significant factor expected to complement the additive manufacturing market growth. In a single step, additive manufacturing develops objects layer by layer. This targeted application of material makes it possible to manufacture products that are both stable and very lightweight, which is increasingly becoming an in-demand feature for devices like wearables. With a growing interest in consumer electronics, including smartphones, smart wearable devices, video game consoles, and mixed reality (MR) devices, the demand for additive manufacturing solutions is also expected to increase during the forecast period. For instance, in August 2021, Phone Skope, the industry leader in digiscoping adaptors, used a photo-centric additive manufacturing system to make its custom-moulded adaptors. Photocentric LC Magna printers and post-processing units are part of the photo-centric additive manufacturing solution, which is carried out through manufacturing service provider Merit3D. This allows adaptors to be modelled and created quickly without expensive and time-consuming moulding.
Moreover, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), retail sales revenue for the US tech industry was expected to reach US$461 billion in 2021, a 4.3% year-on-year increase. Similarly, consumer electronics and appliance sales climbed by 23.5 percent in the third quarter of FY21 compared to the same period the previous fiscal year, according to the Retailers Association of India (RAI). In FY19, the country's electronic hardware production climbed from Rs. 4.43 trillion (US$ 72.38 billion) to Rs. 5.47 trillion (US$ 89.38 billion) in FY20. By FY24, India's demand for electronics hardware is estimated to reach $400 billion. This growth in consumer electronics demand in countries like the US and India is expected to propel the additive manufacturing market growth during the forecast period.
Furthermore, increased progress in 3D printing technologies to develop new and improved methods and integrations for the ultra-accurate production of new high-performance electronic devices will also aid in the market development of additive manufacturing in the coming years. For instance, in September 2021, Nano Dimension, a leading maker of industrial 3D printers for additively produced electronics (AMEs), announced a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation. The two firms will collaborate for two years to investigate and develop innovative freeform 3D printing and assembly procedures for the manufacturing of electromechanical systems. Nano Dimension intends to incorporate the advancements into its proprietary DragonFly LDM 3D printing system, which is currently capable of fabricating electronics.
The growing adoption of Additive manufacturing technology in the healthcare and aerospace sectors is further expected to drive the market in the forecast period.
Additive manufacturing is rapidly penetrating the healthcare sector owing to the cost optimization, enhanced design, and customization flexibility attributes when compared with traditional manufacturing. Through additive manufacturing, brands can produce organic, and complex geometrics can now produce effectively and quickly at lower costs. Leveraging this opportunity, many market players in the healthcare industry are actively seeking additive manufacturing technology to offer better products and consolidate their presence in the market. The strategic partnerships by Acrotec-AddUp and Amnovis-BAAT Medical are the best examples of this. Similarly, at the same time, also in June 2022, Europe-based Acrotec, a pioneer in medical contract manufacturing, and AddUp, a leading global manufacturing OEM, entered into a partnership to integrate their expertise to offer an enhanced industrial solution for the healthcare sector.
Additive manufacturing had also similarly forayed deep into the aerospace industry and automobile segments. Additive components offer flexibility and freedom to design the products by reducing the weight and optimizing the performance in less production time. Thus, enterprises are actively seeking to develop multiple components using 3D printing technology. For instance, in May 2022, Airbus Defence and Space selected 3D Systems to develop essential components of its forts-ever industry satellite, OneSat. At the same time, multiple research groups are also gearing up to develop innovative products deploying the 3D printing technology. In June 2022, for instance, a research group from ETH Zurich successfully designed and developed a robot for bouncing from asteroid to asteroid in orbit by using 3D printing technology. ETH Zurich's SpaceHopper is a three-legged robot that was created in collaboration with a group from ZHAW. Its limbs are largely 3D printed and constructed of carbon-fibre-reinforced materials, making them extremely strong and light. Although the current version is only a prototype, its designers want to one day send its low-gravity locomotion platform to asteroids, where it will be useful for finding precious materials.
The COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse impact on the market in 2020. The global outbreak led to a travel ban and lockdown in most industrialized nations. The overall additive manufacturing market development in 2020 was directly affected by the pandemic. There was a massive decline in automotive, construction, aerospace, and other sectors, due to the pandemic. As per the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, roughly 67 million vehicles were manufactured in 2020, down from 91.7 million in 2019. In the healthcare sector, the decreasing demand for dental applications impacted the market. The global impact on logistical solutions and supply chain had led to massive disruptions in transportation and manufacturing, which had a significant impact on the market growth. Furthermore, the industry's potential was hampered by the lack of competent labour, as well as long-term plant shutdowns. As the pandemic began, businesses were experiencing a severe shortage of raw materials.
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