Asia Pacific 3D 4D Technology Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Asia Pacific 3D 4D Technology Market is Segmented By Application (Electrical & Electronic Components (IC, Transistors, Sensors Etc), 3D Printer, 3D Gaming Console, 3D Imaging, 3D Displays), Vertical (Healthcare, Entertainment & Media, Education, Government, Industrial, Consumer Electronics) and Country.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2019
CAGR: 22.1 %

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Market Overview

The Asia Pacific 3D 4D Technology Market is expected to register a CAGR of 22.1% during the forecast period. In the region, the manufacturing and construction industries have been driving the demand for 3D and 4D printing, primarily due to substantial economic and population growth. ​

  • Emerging countries in this region are looking for highly productive, efficient, and eco-friendly lifting technologies. Since many of the countries in the region, such as India and China, have extremely dense urban areas, cranes with vertical lift features and small working radii ae considered as additional necessities. This presents an opportunity for 4D printing companies, primarily for developing machines that can be enlarged or flattened according to the working space. ​
  • Japan, China, and South Korea are among the leading users of 3D printing technology in Asia. In fact, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology formulated a plan for the Chinese 3D printing industry, called the National 3D Printing Industry Development Promotion Plan (2015-2016), which established goals related to innovation and commercialization of 3D printing in the region. Therefore, the Chinese market experienced significant capital investments by government, companies, and research institutes in the additive manufacturing space. This is likely to accelerate the pace of additive manufacturing in China, and thus, paving way for advancements like 4D printing. ​
  • Moreover, the research facilities in the country are also witnessing increased support from the government. For instance, in February 2020, the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer from New South Wales Government invested about USD 2.15 million in the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), as a part of the Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP). This investment is expected to strengthen the capabilities pertaining to the facility’s advanced materials process, 3D printing, and 3D bioprinting.​
  • The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted the growth of 3D 4D technologies. As additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, including 4D printing, and their approaches transformed the possible ways in which products are developed, designed, manufactured, and distributed, the COVID-19 outbreak is expected to affect the growth of the market studied. However, post pandemic, the 3D printing companies in the region are anticipated to penetrate the healthcare sector. Furthermore, in the region, the increase in usage of printing technologies is likely to pave way for 4D printing over the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The Asia Pacific 3D 4D Technology market report provides a detailed analysis of various applications of 3D 4D technology such as 3D printing, 3D gaming consoles, 3D Imaging among others in various end-user industries in the region including Healthcare, Entertainment & Media, Education, Government, Industrial, Consumer Electronics. The report also provides a detailed country-wise analysis of the market.

Electrical & Electronic Components (IC, Transistors, Sensors Etc)
3D Printer
3D Gaming Console
3D Imaging
3D Displays
Other Applications
Entertainment & Media
Consumer Electronics
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

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Key Market Trends

3D Printing is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • The construction industry in Asia-Pacific is gradually evolving with the adoption of new technology. Countries, such as China, have undertaken a huge amount of construction projects that have become the basis of the country’s modern urban environment. For instance, CCFEB Civil Engineering Ltd adopted Altizure’s 3D reconstruction technique to optimize the on-site monitoring process. The 3D reconstruction model used by CCFEB Civil Engineering Ltd helped it to make records of the project. It can help those who are not at the worksite know about the progress of the work from time to time.​
  • Apart from construction, 3D printing is also expected to be adopted in the healthcare sector in the region, as it plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. When compared to 2D images, 3D reconstruction is more accurate and sensitive in the diagnosis of complicated fractures and deformities. ​
  • Moreover, the growing number of technologies that can be used for 3D printing are anticipated to help in the market growth. Many Australian startups are making the bioprinting technology popular with innovative solutions. In September 2019, Design + Industry (D&I), in collaboration with Inventia Life Science, a biotech company, launched a 3D bioprinting platform for cell culture. This platform is capable of growing human cells of tumors in multiple layers, often taken from patient scans. Scientists are in the process of testing the platform with drugs to help search for cures for cancers, such as brain, breast, and prostate cancers, as well as neurodegenerative disease. The scientists are hopeful that this can also be used for human skin, bone, muscle, and organ transplants in the future. ​
  • In November 2019, the researchers at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology provided a unique solution for coloration issue in skin grafts. They were able to create very realistic coloration on printed samples by controlling the melanin production in bioink. These innovations are expected to drive the growth  of the market in the country during the forecast period.​
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China is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • 3D technology in China has advanced impressively as of late, considering that the country was not among the earliest adopters of the technology. Over the past few years, the Chinese government has made the development of additive manufacturing technology in the country a priority.​
  • MIIT, along with 12 other departments, has created a new additive manufacturing Action Plan (2017-2020) for the further development of the technology in the country. This plan focuses on strengthening R&D work and accelerating applications of 3D reconstruction and its adoption in the industry. ​
  • In the region, there are numerous 3D printing companies, including IEMAI 3D and INTAMSYS, whose machines are compatible with high-performance thermoplastics. Furthermore, in a 2019 study conducted by Materialise, a Belgian software and 3D printing service provider, 44% of the survey respondents reported that outsourcing 3D printing operations to a service providers are the preferred model for Chinese manufacturers. ​
  • According to LMC Automotive Limited, more than 80% of the world’s automotive supply chain is related to China. In January 2020, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, in China, the sales of cars declined by 18%. The Chinese Passenger Car Association (CPCA) estimated that the sales of the first two months are expected to decline decrease by 40% or more, as compared to the same period in 2019, mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Production shortfalls resulting from supply chain interruptions in China are expected to impact the global automakers. ​
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Competitive Landscape

The market for 3D 4D Technology in the Asia Pacific is moderately fragment and is expected to attain a higher degree of competitiveness owing to the increasing investments, new players, and growing applications in end-user industries. Some of the developments are as follows -

  • June 2020 - HP Inc. partnered with Redington 3D in India to produce -.12 million ventilator parts for AgVa Healthcare. As a part of this initiative, 12 categories of parts have been 3D printed to manufacture 10,000 ventilators.
  • January 2020 - Hindustan Aeronautics and WIPRO 3D, the metal additive manufacturing business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, announced a partnership to develop 3D printed components that could potentially be used on aircraft manufactured by state-run HAL.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers (Increasing Industrial Applications of 3D Printing and Gradual Emergence of 4D Printing)

    5. 4.5 Market Challenges (Lack of Awareness Regarding Benefits of Studied Market)

    6. 4.6 Technology Snapshot (Trends in 3D Technology, Trends in 4D Technology, Applications of 3D/4D Technology)


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Electrical & Electronic Components (IC, Transistors, Sensors Etc)

      2. 5.1.2 3D Printer

      3. 5.1.3 3D Gaming Console

      4. 5.1.4 3D Imaging

      5. 5.1.5 3D Displays

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Healthcare

      2. 5.2.2 Entertainment & Media

      3. 5.2.3 Education

      4. 5.2.4 Government

      5. 5.2.5 Industrial

      6. 5.2.6 Consumer Electronics

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 China

      2. 5.3.2 Japan

      3. 5.3.3 India

      4. 5.3.4 South Korea

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of Asia Pacific


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 3D Systems Corporation

      2. 6.1.2 Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 LG Electronics Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Barco N.V.

      5. 6.1.5 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

      6. 6.1.6 Autodesk, Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Stratasys, Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Panasonic Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Sony Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The APAC 3D 4D Technology Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The APAC 3D 4D Technology Market is growing at a CAGR of 22.1% over the next 5 years.

3D Systems Corporation, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. , LG Electronics Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation are the major companies operating in APAC 3D 4D Technology Market.

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