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Global Automated 3D Printing Markets 2017-2027
[October 12, 2017]

Global Automated 3D Printing Markets 2017-2027

DUBLIN, October 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The "Markets for Automated 3D Printing 2016 to 2027: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering.

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The report expects the market for automation in AM to represent a very significant revenue opportunity, growing to $11.2 billion by the end of the forecast period at an overall 35.98% CAGR from the 2017 level ($518 million).

The report believes automation of 3D printing will become one of the most important revenue segments for AM within the next decade. As industrial 3D printers go from stand-alone systems, used mostly for prototyping and research, to digital mass production lines, a number of opportunities are expected to emerge.

The report identifies the most commercially important technologies, workflow stations, robotics and electronics and software that are required to run the automated 3D printing factories of today and. It includes ten-year forecasts of automated polymer and metal 3D printers as well as technology and material-specific post processing systems and robotic devices. The report also provides information on the companies that are leading 3D printing automation for part production.

These include: Concept Laser (GE), HP, Stratasys, Carbon, Trumpf, DMG Mori, EOS, Renishaw, 3D Systems, Formlabs, Kuka, ABB, ExOne, Desktop Metal, Ultimaker, Authentise, Materialise, 3DPrinterOS and more.

The report also includes a detailed analysis and forecast of the electronic components that will be required to fully digitalize the polymer and metal AM factories of tomorrow.

From the Report:

Over the past two years, as 3D printing began to shift from a process used for prototyping and small batch technology to a large batch and mass customization production technology, all major industrial 3D printer OEM's have begun to pay closer attention to integrating their systems within automated production lines.

The overall market opportunity for automated polymer AM hardware is expected to reach $3.172 billion by 2027 with 45.62% CAGR from 2017, driven by PBF and planar technologies. The overall revenue opportunity for automated metal AM hardware is comparable, with yearly sales expected to top $3 billion by 2027, growing at 32.42% CAGR from the current 2017 levels.

Companies will, in the future, be concentrating on the collaboration of human and machine, simplified applications, and light-weight robots. Added to this are the two-armed robots, mobile solutions and the integration f robots into existing environments. There will be an increased focus on modular robots and robotic systems, which can be marketed at extremely attractive prices.

The report is estimating the overall value of software for metal AM automation forecasting the overall segment to grow to $353 million in yearly revenues by 2027, growing at 25% CAGR from the current 2017 levels. The revenue opportunity for software in polymer AM automation is also expected to represent a very significant and highly profitable opportunity, totaling $172 million in yearly sales by the end of the forecast period, after growing at 29,5% CAGR between 2017 and 2027.

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter One: Drivers for Automation of Additive Manufacturing
1.1 Background to This Report
1.1.1 The Trend Toward Automated Factories
1.2 Key Factors Deterring the Use Of Automation In Additive Manufacturing
1.2.1 Process Automation Challenges
1.2.2 Workflow Automation Challenges
1.3 Types of Automation for Additive Manufacturing
1.3.1 AM in the Automated Factory Workflow
1.3.2 Automated AM Workgroups and 3D Printing Farms
1.4 Markets for Adapting the Current Generations Of 3D Printers to Automated Environments
1.4.1 Networking Interfaces and Hubs
1.4.2 Robotics
1.5 Next-Generation Automation-Ready 3D Printers
1.6 Early Adopting Industries for 3D Printers in An Automated Environment
1.7 3D Printing Technologies Most Likely to Be Automated
1.7.1 Automating Continuous Layer FDM
1.7.2 Automating Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Processes
1.7.3 Automating Metal Powder Bed Fusion Processes
1.7.4 Automating Metal Deposition Processes
1.7.5 Automating Photopolymerization Processes
1.7.6 Automating Binder Jetting Processes
1.8 Summary of Ten-Year Forecast for AM Automation
1.8.1 Methodology
1.9 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Two: Automated 3D Printers and Other Hardware: Current and Future Products
2.1 Metal AM Vendor Strategies for Adapting 3D Printers to Factory Environments
2.1.1 Concept Laser's Factory of the Future
2.1.2 EOS NextGenAM
2.1.3 Additive Industries' MetalFAB1
2.1.4 Renishaw's Automated Workflow
2.1.5 DMG Mori's Path of Digitization
2.1.6 TRUMPF's Smart Factory
2.1.7 ExOne's Exerial Production Systems
2.2 Polymer AM Vendor Strategies For Adapting 3D Printers to Factory Environments
2.2.1 Stratasys Infinity, Continuous Build and Composite Demonstrator Platforms
2.2.2 Carbon's SpeedCell
2.2.3 3D Systems' Figure 4
2.2.4 Formlabs' FormCell
2.2.5 Ultimaker's Bridge Manufacturing
2.3 Ten Year Forecast Forecast for the Automated 3D Printers of Tomorrow
2.3.1 Forecast for Automated Polymer 3D Printers
2.3.2 Ten Year Forecast for Automated Metal AM Hardware
2.4 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Three: Robotics and Systems for Automated AM
3.1 Materials Handling
3.1.1 Vacuum Systems
3.1.2 The Future of Materials Handling
3.2 Post Processing
3.2.1 Firing and Heat Treatment
3.3 Metrology
3.4 Robots for Part Handling in Automated AM
3.4.1 Multi-axes Robotic Arms
3.4.2 Robotic Carts/Guided Vehicles
3.5 Flexible Robotics for Human Collaboration in AM
3.5.1 Human Robot Collaboration
3.5.2 Low Cost CoBots
3.5.3 3D Printer Farms with Robotic Assistance
3.6 Forecast for Robotics and Automated Workflow Stations in AM
3.6.1 Forecast for Robots and Automated Stations for Polymer AM
3.6.2 Forecast for Robots and Automated Stations for Metal AM
3.7 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Four: Software, Electronic Components and Interfaces in AM Automation
4.1 Current State of 3DP Networking
4.1.1 Fiber Optics Vs Copper Wiring in the Industrial Ethernet
4.1.2 3DP and Industrial Wireless
4.1.3 Robot Controllers
4.1.4 Electronic Components Pricing Schemes
4.2 Ten Year Forecasts for Network Interfaces and Hubs for Automated AM
4.3 Specialized Automation Software for AM
4.4 First Party Automation Software for AM
4.4.1 Workflow and Networking Software
4.4.2 (A)MES - (Additive) Manufacturing Execution Systems
4.4.3 Siemens NX and the Role of PLM Software in AM Automation
4.4.4 Dassault Systmes and 3DEXPERIENCE for Manufacturing
4.4.5 3DSIM and the Role of Simulation Software in AM Automation
4.4.6 Process Monitoring Software
4.5 Ten Year Forecast of Specialized Software for Automated AM
4.6 Key Points from This Chapter
4.7 Final Remarks

Companies Mentioned

  • 3D Systems
  • 3DPrinterOS
  • ABB
  • Authentise
  • Carbon
  • Concept Laser (GE)
  • DMG Mori
  • Dassault Systmes
  • Desktop Metal
  • EOS
  • ExOne
  • Formlabs
  • HP
  • Kuka
  • Materialise
  • NextGenAM
  • Renishaw
  • Siemens
  • SpeedCell
  • Stratasys
  • Ultimaker

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