Opportunities for 3D Printing in the Electronics Industry - 2016

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Date: 12-Oct-2016
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Although R&D facilities in the electronics industry have been using 3D printing for more than a decade, since 2015 3DP has begun to be mainstreamed for electronics applications. SmarTech is seeing a growing interest in using 3DP for customized circuitry and sensors, and in the longer term for wide- area electronics.

In addition, there is the opportunity for 3DP to become a major way of manufacturing electronic devices that are intrinsically produced in relatively low volumes --  high speed optoelectronics is a good example here. More prosaically, 3D printers are already in place customizing consumer electronics items and this turns 3DP into a valuable marketing tool in a crowded industry.

In this report we will examine the revenue potential of 3D printed electronics, examining current R&D and its commercialization potential as well as the new materials and 3D printing technologies that are being developed for this new area. We also examine how 3D printed electronics will be used in both prototyping and direct manufacturing of antennas, interconnects, PCBs, sensors and other devices and where initial revenues will emerge.

We also examine the product/market and manufacturing strategies of the firms that are now pursuing the 3D-printed electronics opportunity.  In addition, we profile key research institutes and universities who are carrying out notable R&D in the 3D-printed electronics space.

Opportunities for 3D Printing in the Electronics Industry - 2016

Table of Contents

Chapter One:  Analysis of Opportunities for 3D Printing in the Electronics Industry
1.1 Introduction:  Objective and Background of this Report
1.2 Potential for Revenue Generation by 3D-printed Electronics
1.2.1 Prototyping Packages are the State of the Art
1.2.2 Future Revenue Generation from 3D-Printed Electronics
1.2.3 Segmenting a Future 3D-printed Electronics Sector
1.3 Current Limits on 3D Printing
1.3.1 Resolution
1.3.2 Quantities
1.4 3D-Printed Electronics:  Emerging Specialist Firms
1.4.1 3D Printing Technology as a Barrier to Entry and Competitive Advantage for New 3DP Firms
1.4.2 2D-Printed Electronics:  A Cautionary Tale
1.5 Ongoing R&D in 3D-Printed Electronics
1.6 Opportunities for Firms in the Materials Space
1.6.1 The Future of 3D-Printed Electronics is non-Proprietary Materials
1.6.2 3D-Printed Metals for the Electronics Industry
1.6.3 3D-Printed Dielectrics for the Electronics Industry
1.6.4 Other 3D-Printed Materials and their Use in the Electronics Industry
1.7 The 3D Printer Industry for Electronics
1.7.1 Success Factors for 3D Printer Firms in the Electronics Industry
1.7.2 Emerging Supply Chain Structure for the 3D-Printed Electronics Sector
1.7.3 Sources of Finance for 3D-Printed Electronics Firms
1.8 Summary of Ten-Year Market Forecasts for 3D-Printed Electronics
1.9 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Two: Electronics Industry: Applications, Products and Markets
2.1 3DP in Electronics:  Potential Sources for Revenue Enhancement and Revenue Reduction
2.1.1 3D-Printed Electronics:  Applications and Opportunities
2.1.2 Dreams of a Killer App for 3D-Printed Electronics
2.2 3D Printing for Prototyping in the Electronic Industry
2.2.1 The Service Bureau Conundrum
2.3 Direct Manufacturing of Electronic Devices
2.3.1 PCBs, Multilayer Circuitry and other Complex Circuits
2.3.2 Antennas for Radar and Mobile Devices
2.3.3 Connectors and Interconnections
2.3.4 Sensors
2.3.5 Heaters
2.3.6 Mass Customization of Cell Phone Cases and Beyond
2.3.7 Batteries
2.3.8 Optoelectronics
2.4 3D-Printed Electronics:  Hardware, Materials and Service Offerings
2.5 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Three: Working in 3D Printing for the Electronics Market
3.1 Beta Layout (Germany)
3.2 BotFactory (United States)
3.2.1 Extruder Toolhead: Gluing and Soldering Capability
3.2.2 Pick-and-Place Capability
3.3 Cartesian Co. (United States)
3.3.1 The Argentum Printer
3.4 Ceradrop (France)
3.4.1 CeraPrinter X-Series
3.5. Chemcubed (United States)
3.6 Nano Dimension (Israel)
3.6.1 Financing Strategy
3.6.2 Dragonfly 3D Printer
3.6.3 Conductive and Dielectric Inks
3.6.4 External Marketing and Manufacturing Arrangements
3.7 Nascent Objects (United States)
3.8  Neotech AMT (Germany)
3.8.1 Production Methodology
3.8.2 SMARTLAM Project
3.9 nScrypt (United States)
3.10 Optomec (United States)
3.10.1 Printers Offered
3.11 PV NanoCell (Israel)
3.12 Pulse Electronics (United States)
3.12.1 Activity in 3D-Printed Electronics
3.13 Voltera (Canada/China)
3.14 Voxel8 (United States)
3.15 Research Institutes and Universities
3.15.1 EPFL (Switzerland)
3.15.2 Harvard University
3.15.3 Imperial College
3.15.4 RepRap
3.15.5 TNO
3.15.6 UC Berkeley
3.15.7 University of Loughborough
3.15.8 Southern Methodist University
3.15.9 FlexTech Alliance Consortium
3.15.10 University of Southampton
3.15.11 University of Warwick
3.15.12 University of Texas El Paso
3.15.13 Cornell

Chapter Four:  Ten-Year Market Forecasts of 3D-Printed Electronics
4.1. Forecasting Philosophy
4.1.1 Shipments and Install Base
4.1.2 Pricing
4.1.3 Materials Forecasts
4.1.4 Service Revenue Forecasts
4.1.5 Items not Forecast
4.1.6 Alternative Scenarios
4.2 Ten-Year Forecasts of Multi-tier PCB Prototyping
4.2.1 Printer Shipments and Install Base
4.2.2 Pricing and Revenues
4.2.3 Forecast of Materials
4.2.4 Forecast of Service Revenues
4.3 Ten-Year Forecasts of non-PCB Electronic Component Prototyping
4.3.1 Printer Shipments and Install Base
4.3.2 Pricing and Revenues
4.3.3 Forecast of Materials
4.2.4 Forecast of Service Revenues
4.4 Ten-Year Forecasts of 3D-Printed Consumer Electronics Design
4.5 Ten-Year Forecasts of Low-Volume Electronics Components Manufacturing
4.6 Ten-Year Forecasts of 3D Printing for Mass Customization of Consumer Electronics

About SmarTech Publishing
About the Analyst
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report

List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1-1: Potential Application Segments for 3D-Printed Electronics
Exhibit 1-2: Commercial Firms with a Current Focus on 3D-printed Electronics
Exhibit 1-3: Major R&D Centers Developing 3D-Printed Electronics
Exhibit 1-4: Ten-year Forecasts of 3D-Printed Electronics by Source of Revenue
($ Millions), 2016-2025
Exhibit 2-1: Application Areas for 3DP in the Electronics Industry
Exhibit 2-2: The Pros and Cons of Service Bureau in 3D-Printed Electronics Prototyping
Exhibit 2-3: 3D-Printed Electronics Product Categorization
Exhibit 4-1: Ten-year Forecasts of Shipments and Install Base from 3D-Printers for Prototyping Multilayer PCBs, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-2: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D-Printers for Prototyping Multilayer PCBs, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-3: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D Printing Material Used in Prototyping Multilayer PCBs, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-4: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Material 3D Printers for Prototyping Multilayer PCBs – Breakout by Material Type, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-5: Ten-year Forecasts of Service Bureau Revenues from 3D Prototyping Multilayer PCBs ($ Millions), 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-6: Prototyping non-PCB Components:  Shipments and Install Base of  Printers (Units), 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-7: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D-Printers for Prototyping non-PCB Components, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-8: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D Printing Material Used in Prototyping non-PCB Components, 2016-2015
Exhibit 4-9: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Material 3D-Printers for Prototyping Non-PCB Electronics Components—Breakout by Material Type, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-10: Ten-year Forecasts of Service Bureau Revenues from 3D Prototyping non-PCB Components ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-11: Ten-year Forecasts of Shipments and Install Base of 3D-Printers for Consumer Electronics Design, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-12: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D-Printers for Consumer Electronics Design, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-13: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D Printing Material Used in Consumer Electronics Design, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-14: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Material 3D-Printers for Consumer Electronics Design—Breakout by Material Type, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-15: Ten-year Forecasts of Service Bureau Revenues from Consumer Electronics Design ($ Millions), 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-16: Ten-year Forecasts of Shipments and Install Base of Low-volume 3D-printed Electronic Parts, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-17: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D-Printers for Low-volume 3D-printed Electronic Parts
Exhibit 4-18: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D Printing Material Used in Low-volume 3D-Printed Electronic Parts
Exhibit 4-19: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Material Used in Low-Volume 3D-printed Electronic parts—Breakout by Material Type, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-20: Ten-year Forecasts of Service Bureau Revenues from Low-volume 3D-printed Electronics Parts ($ Millions), 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-21: Ten-year Forecasts of Shipments and Install Base of Mass Customization of Consumer Electronics
Exhibit 4-22: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D-Printers for Mass Customization of Consumer Electronics
Exhibit 4-23: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from 3D Printing Material Used for Mass Customization of Consumer Electronics, 2016-2025
Exhibit 4-24: Ten-year Forecasts of Revenues from Material Used for Mass Customization of Consumer Electronics– Breakout by Material Type
Exhibit 4-25: Ten-year Forecasts of Service Bureau Revenues from Mass Customization of Consumer Electronics Design ($ Millions)

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