Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Automotive - 2016

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Date: 19-Sep-2016
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As the 3D printing industry at large continues to transition towards a manufacturing technology, one of the top targets for vertically-integrating print solutions developers is the automotive industry. With an enormous global manufacturing footprint, the automotive industry is both one of the most historically well established users of classic 3D printing technology for rapid prototyping, as well as one of the most ripe targets for additive innovation over the next decade. A flurry of potentially disruptive activity has taken place over the last two years, setting the stage for the automotive industry to become one of the biggest markets for 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology over the next decade.

In this report -the second edition of the first deep dive market research study to focus exclusively on 3DP in the auto industry --SmarTech Publishing lays out a roadmap for a divergent adoption path for 3D printing with an eye on automobile production, along the way identifying the major opportunities and resulting commercial implications.

This report is based on both an extensive insider interviewing program conducted by SmarTech Publishing with current and potential users of 3D printing technology in the automotive sector, as well as the application of SmarTech Publishing's latest standardized 3D printing opportunity forecasting methodology. Included in this comprehensive report are the following:


  • Ten-year 3D printing opportunity and market data forecasts in volume and value terms. These cover hardware, materials, software, and services

  • Competitive market shares for leading 3D printing entities in the automotive industry for hardware sales by technology and install bases

  • Identification and discussion of scenario-based outcomes for 3D printing adoption in the automotive industry, highlighted by an analysis of the future of the current market trajectory as well as a potentially disruptive and emerging divergent market trajectory

  • Identification and analysis of major automotive stakeholder implementation strategies for 3D printing technology

  • Discussion and analysis on the latest in 3D printing technology develop to support expanded composites manufacturing for automobile applications

  • Discussion of key automotive industry trends affecting the overall outlook for adoption of 3D printing technology, including macroeconomic factors, light weighting trends, automobile design evolution, and competition from traditional manufacturing technologies


Among the latest identified trends in the additive automotive sector considered in this report are:


  • Growth in demand for suitable composite manufacturing solutions for more mainstream automobiles, and response by the 3D printing community in terms of the latest approaches and potential of 3D printed carbon, glass, and natural fiber composites

  • Integration of road-ready 3D printed components in low volume consumer automobiles, and potential for expansion in these applications

  • Value assessment of metal 3D printed hard tooling for injection and compression molding using advanced geometry to improve traditional automobile manufacturing

  • Effects of increased access to 3D printing technologies in material extrusion and polymer powder bed fusion segments through lower cost printers in both desktop and production oriented hardware categories

  • Convergence of next generation automobile concepts such as driverless technologies, electrification, and the societal shift in perception of mobility with 3D printed automobile production   


All in all this is the most extensive exploration of where the opportunities will be found in additive automotive solutions and products in the next decade.  It will be regarded as essential reading for everyone in the value chain for 3D-printed automotive products.

Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Automotive - 2016

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Evolution of Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry (2015 to Present)
1.1 A Changing Automobile Industry - What Does it Means for 3D Printing Adoption?
1.1.1 Oil Prices Put Consumer Tastes at Odds With Fuel Efficiency Requirements
1.1.2 Regional Automobile Market Growth and Challenges
1.1.3 3D Printing as an Enabler of Mass Reduction in Automobiles
1.1.4 Additive Manufacture of Composites for Automobiles Making Strides
1.1.5 3D Printing and Next Generation Vehicles
1.2 The Automotive 3D Printing Adoption Model Revisited
1.3 Trailing Twelve Month Automotive 3D Printing Market Activity Updates
1.3.1 Automotive Stakeholders Continue to Find Innovative Value-Driven Applications for 3DP in the Long Term Quest for Additive Production Automotive Parts
1.3.2 AM Technology Developers Pursue Vertical Integration Strategies, Application Specific 3D Printing Solutions Targeted at the Auto Industry
1.4 Summary of Automotive 3D Printing Forecasts and Market Outlook

Chapter Two: Interfacing With the Automotive Industry
2.1 Bridging the Gap Between Prototype to Production Parts
2.2 3D Printing Penetration in Leading Automotive Entities
2.2.1 Automotive OEMs
2.2.2 Top Tier Automotive Suppliers
2.3 Relevant Business Strategies for 3DP in Automobile Manufacturing
2.3.1 Scenario Analysis: 3D Printing in the Automotive Industry
2.4 Industry Comments and Approaches to Integration of Plastics and Composites into Automobiles

Chapter Three: Established Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Applications for Automobiles
3.1 The Automotive 3D Printed Prototype Spectrum, Value Proposition, and Associated Print Technologies
3.1.1 3D Printing’s Value Proposition in Rapid Prototyping for Automobiles
3.1.2 Parts and Part Groups Targeted for Printed Prototypes
3.2 3D Printed Automotive Assembly Tooling and Casting Patterns
3.2.1 Printed Assembly Tools and Devices
3.2.2 Printed Casting Patterns for Functional Prototypes
3.3 Analysis of 3D Printing Technologies and Materials for Established Applications in Automotive
3.3.1 Material Extrusion
3.3.2 Photopolymerization and Material Jetting
3.3.3 Polymer Powder Bed Fusion
3.3.4 Metal Powder Bed Fusion
3.3.5 Binder Jetting
3.4 Challenges Associated with Expanding the Impact of 3D Printing in Established Applications
3.5 Part Volume Forecasts for Printed Automobile Prototypes and Tools

Chapter Four: Next Generation Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Applications for Automobiles
4.1 Low Hanging Fruit for Metal AM in Automotive: Printed Tooling
4.1.1 Using Directed Energy Deposition Technology for Repair of Existing Tooling
4.2 Exploration of 3D Printing Automotive Applications in Production Parts Using Metal and Polymer
4.2.1 Production Automobile Parts Produced via 3D Printing
4.2.3 Next Generation Print Technologies to Support Next Generation Automobile Applications
4.2.4 Combating Outdated Perceptions of 3D Printing Technology to Expand Adoption of 3D Printed Production Automobile Parts
4.3 Additive Composites Printing for Automobiles
4.3.1 Notable Market Examples of Automobile Composite Integration Since 2015
4.3.2 Analysis of Emerging Composite 3D Printing Processes for Automotive Applications

Chapter Five: Ten Year Forecasts of Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry
5.1 Discussion of Methodology
5.1.1 Important Methodology Changes Versus Previous Studies
5.2 Ten-Year Forecasts of Key Automotive 3D Printing Market Opportunities and Metrics
5.3 Ten-Year Forecasts of Automotive 3D Printing Hardware Shipments and Installations
5.4 Ten-Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Materials Consumed by Automotive Printing Applications
5.4.1 Thermoplastic Filaments
5.4.2 Thermoplastic Powders
5.4.3 UV Curable Photopolymers
5.4.4 Metal Powders
5.5 Ten Year Forecasts of Automotive 3D Printing Services and Software
5.5.1 3D Printing Software

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