Automotive 3D Printing Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Automotive 3D Printing Market is segmented by Technology Type (Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereo Lithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP), Electronic Beam Melting (EBM), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)), Material Type (Metal, Polymer, and Ceramic), Application Type (Production and Prototyping/R&D), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Market Summary
Study Period:

2018-2024

Base Year:

2018

Fastest Growing Market:

Europe

Largest Market:

North America

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The automotive 3D printing market is expected to register a CAGR of 21.23%, during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

  • A surge in raw material prices and inconsistency in the global economy have forced the automotive sector to seek cost-efficient strategies. Advancements in techniques and materials employed in additive manufacturing are expected to create new frontiers for 3D printing in the automotive sector. Local Motors is one of the first manufacturers to commercialize the use of 3D printing in the automotive sector by manufacturing chassis and body parts using giant 3D printers. Ford Motor Company employs 3D printers to produce prototypes of resin, silica powder, sand, and even metal for the manufacture of its vehicle components.
  • For effective production optimization and adoption of additive manufacturing, techniques, like 3D printing, are inevitable for automakers. This can be witnessed from Mitsubishi's purchase of its first 3D printer in 2013, rather delayed compared to its counterparts. Using this technology for prototyping has proved to be a highly cost-efficient and time-saving achievement. Ford produces prototypes for cylinder head water jacket using 3D printing, the expenditure on which was close to USD 2,000, unlike the conventional template production, which costs around USD 20,000.

Scope of the Report

The automotive 3D printing market has been segmented by technology type, material type, application type, and geography.

By Technology Type
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Stereo Lithography (SLA)
Digital Light Processing (DLP)
Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)
Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
By Material Type
Metal
Polymer
Ceramic
By Application Type
Production
Prototyping/R&D
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Rest of North America
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
Japan
India
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Brazil
Argentina
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Growing Adoption of Fused Deposition Modeling Technology

The FDM is among the most commonly used method of 3D printing in the automotive industry. The flexibility of the method to be used for manufacturing of the prototypes, concept model parts, and also final products helps it in maintaining a significant share in the automotive 3D printing market. This computer-aided method derives inputs from a processing unit for the model, which it has to print and starts the printing process bottom up. Materials, like thermoplastics, are generally used in the process, which results in the ultra-light final products. Advanced high-performance engineering grade thermoplastics can also be used in the process, which produces a tough, strong, and incredibly light products.

The supporting ecological impacts of the process, such as the minimal wastage and negligible carbon footprint, are also supporting the process to be mass adopted by the industry. Recent advancements in the FDM technology, which makes it compatible to 3D print parts with materials, such as carbon fiber and carbon fiber reinforced plastics, make the process even more essential to the automakers. The growing stringency of the automotive regulatory authorities started the race of manufacturing a light and safe vehicle. In order to manufacture such vehicles, the automobile manufacturers are turning their heads toward the exotic materials, such as carbon fibers. The ability of the FDM method to 3D print automotive parts of carbon fiber helps the automakers in reducing the manufacturing cost and time and also in decreasing the ecological impacts of other manufacturing processes.

Many automotive manufacturing giants, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Tesla, Audi, Koenigsegg, Shelby, etc. have already embraced the 3D printing technology in the manufacturing process.

By Technology

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The European Market - Growing at a Fast Pace

The high research and development spending of the automotive manufacturers in the region is driving the 3D printing market in the region. The major automotive manufacturers in the region, such as Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Koenigsegg, etc. using the technology in the present vehicles make the Europe a major market for the automotive 3D printing technology.

The German automotive industry is regarded as the leader in the automotive industry, with industry giants, such as Volkswagen, Daimler-Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, etc. The automotive industry in the country accounts for majority of the R&D spending of the country, with a share of over 35%. Though the 3D printing market is still in its nascent stages, many manufacturers, such as the BMW, Daimler, etc. have been using the technology for a long time.

For instance, BMW has been using the technology since 1990, when the inauguration of the Rapid Technology Centre took place.  In the early stages, the company used the stereolithography to produce some prototypes and concept design models. With the advent of the 3D printing technology, the company moved further, thereby, adopting the technology to produce almost all of the company's prototypes and concept models. As the process proved to be economically and environmentally better than the conventional manufacturing methods, the company plans to introduce the method in production and manufacturing facilities as well. By introducing the technology in the production of the vehicles, the company aims to reduce the production times and production costs by eliminating the tooling and finishing processes.

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Competitive Landscape

Major players operating in the market studied are Voxeljet AG, Stratasys Ltd, the Exone Company, Materialise NV, Arcam AB, 3D Dystems Corporation, and Eos GmbH, among others. 

Recent developments in the 3D Printing market are as below:

  • During January 2018, Bugatti Automobiles developed the world’s first eight-piston monobloc brake caliper by using 3D printing technology.
  • In May 2018, the North American car manufacturer, General Motors has planned to enter the next phase of vehicle lightweight technology by adoption 3D printing technology. For this, General Motors partnered with AutoDesk, the US-based software company that provides software services for the manufacturing industry.
  • In December 2018, Ford established an advanced manufacturing center in Redford, Detroit. Ford has also planned to develop 3D printing parts for the 2019 Mustang at this facility.

Major Players

  1. Voxeljet AG
  2. Stratasys Ltd
  3. ExOne
  4. 3D Systems
  5. Materialise NV

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

Market Concentration

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technology Trends

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

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Technology Type

      1. 5.1.1 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

      2. 5.1.2 Stereo Lithography (SLA)

      3. 5.1.3 Digital Light Processing (DLP)

      4. 5.1.4 Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)

      5. 5.1.5 Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

      6. 5.1.6 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

    2. 5.2 By Material Type

      1. 5.2.1 Metal

      2. 5.2.2 Polymer

      3. 5.2.3 Ceramic

    3. 5.3 By Application Type

      1. 5.3.1 Production

      2. 5.3.2 Prototyping/R&D

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. 5.4.1.1 United States

        2. 5.4.1.2 Canada

        3. 5.4.1.3 Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. 5.4.2.1 Germany

        2. 5.4.2.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.4.2.3 France

        4. 5.4.2.4 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.4.3.1 China

        2. 5.4.3.2 Japan

        3. 5.4.3.3 India

        4. 5.4.3.4 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. 5.4.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.4.4.2 Argentina

        3. 5.4.4.3 Other Countries

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Stratasys Ltd

      2. 6.2.2 The Exone Company

      3. 6.2.3 Materialise NV

      4. 6.2.4 Ultimaker BV

      5. 6.2.5 Arcam AB

      6. 6.2.6 Voxeljet AG

      7. 6.2.7 Höganäs AB

      8. 6.2.8 3D Systems Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Envisiontec GmbH

      10. 6.2.10 EOS GmbH

      11. 6.2.11 Moog Inc.

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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