Until now, most of the business in this segment has come from prototyping. However, the author believes that the automotive industry is at inflection point:
- Car and truck firms are already beginning to use 3DP technology for rapid manufacturing of working automotive parts.
- Beyond that, SmarTech believes, 3DP will become an integral strategic technology for the automotive industry eventually playing a key role in product innovation and supply chain productivity.
- Additive manufacturing/3DP will also soon produce lower-weight and safer products, shorter lead times, enhanced value chains and, of course, lower costs for the automotive industry.
3DP manufacturing continually improves, and it seems likely that this will gradually shift the use of 3DP from concept testing to the direct manufacturing of fully functional parts. The unique nature of 3DP means that this could fuel the creation of equally unique car and truck designs. However, we would not be too surprised to see “concept cars” at major trade shows that are heavily reliant on the use of 3DP in the not-too-distant future.
With these dramatic developments in mind, the author is publishing this new report on the opportunities for 3DP in the automotive industry over the next decade:
- This reports looks at the new business opportunities generated from selling 3DP equipment into the automotive industry, this report also looks at the growing value of 3DP materials, software and services that the automotive sector will consume. We see new materials as being especially important in the automotive sector, with a focus on making materials lighter so that fuel economy can be increased. 3DP can play an important role here.
- In addition, the report also examines the limitations of 3DP in automotive industry, most notably the volume limitations inherent in 3DP itself—and potential for entirely new directions for 3DP to be explored in the automotive sector. The big question now is how to transfer the advantages of 3DP from the small scale of motor sports and ultra-luxury segments to mass-market vehicles.
- As well as analysis, this report includes the author's ten-year forecast of 3DP equipment, software, services and materials consumed by the automotive industry. Projections of both sales value and unit sales are included, along with breakouts by geographical region. The report also includes discussions of how major 3DP firms are adapting their 3DP product market strategies specifically to meet the needs of the automotive industry.
The author believes that this report will be essential reading for business development and marketing executives in both the automotive industry and at 3DP firms.
1.1 History of 3D Printing in the Automotive Industry
1.2 Evolution of 3D Printing in Automotive: Beyond Prototyping
1.2.1 Future Development Trends for 3D Printing in Automotive
1.2.2 Adoption Model for 3D Printing in Automotive
1.3 Objective and Scope of this Report
1.4 Methodology of this Report
1.5 Plan of this Report
Chapter Two: Rapid Prototyping Applications in the Automotive Industry
2.1 Conceptual Value Propositions for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive
2.1.1 The Most Important Benefit for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive - Reduced Product Development Time
2.1.2 Increasing Creativity in Design to Produce Better Automobiles
2.1.3 Enhancing Design Efficiency
2.2 Function Value Propositions for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive
2.2.1 3D Printing's Role in Reducing Weight
2.2.2 3D Printing's Role in Reducing Part Counts
2.2.3 Enhanced Product Customization
2.3 Supply Chain Value Propositions for Rapid Prototyping in Automotive
2.4 Concept Models Versus Functional Prototypes
2.4.1 Concept Models - Interior Components
2.4.2 Concept Models - Tire Design
2.4.3 Concept Models - Air Ducting, Piping, Covers
2.4.4 Concept Models - Aerodynamic Models
2.4.5 Functional Models - Cylinder Heads and Blocks
2.4.6 Functional Models - Fuel Tanks, Manifolds, Oil Pans
2.4.7 Functional Models - Housings and Supports
2.5 Improvements for Automotive Prototyping Coming Down the Pipeline
2.5.1 Recent Improvements
2.6 Key Points from This Chapter
Chapter Three: Additive Manufacturing of End Use Parts & Tooling in the Automotive Industry
3.1 Requirements for Additive Manufacturing of End Use Parts
3.2 Applying Additive Manufacture of End Use Parts to Automotive
3.2.1 How Additive Manufactured Parts Can Increase Fuel Economy
3.2.2 How Additive Manufactured Parts Can Increase Part Performance
3.2.3 How Additive Manufactured Parts Can Increase Product Differentiation
3.2.4 Automotive Supply Chain Enhancement Through Additive Manufacturing
3.3 Current Use Cases for Additive Manufacture of End Use Components in Automotive
3.3.1 3D Printed Castable Molds and Cores
3.3.2 3D Printed Hand Tools, Jigs, and Fixtures for Enhancement of Traditional Automotive Manufacture
3.3.3 3D Printed End Use Parts in Performance Autosports and Luxury Vehicles
3.4 Future Uses and Business Models for Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
3.4.1 Replacement Automotive Parts
3.4.2 3D Printed Automobiles
3.4.3 Repair of Traditional Automotive Tooling
3.5 Trends in Automotive Additive Manufacturing of End Use Parts
3.5.1 Powder Doping Will Increase Appearance and Performance
3.5.2 Carbon Fiber Testing Develops
3.5.3 Metal 3D Printing Process Development for End Use Parts in Automotive
3.6 Opportunities for Large Format Sand 3D Printing of Rapid Tooling in Automotive
3.6.1 Sand Best Suited for Specialized Mold Components
3.6.2 Relevant Recent Developments in Sand Printing
3.7 Challenges for Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
3.7.1 Quality Assurance, Regulation, and Standards
3.7.2 Education and Communication of Value
3.8 Key Points From This Chapter
Chapter Four: 3D Printing Materials in the Automotive Industry
4.1.2 PEEK and Polyetherimide
4.1.3 Nylon 11 & 12
4.1.4 Extrusion Versus Laser Sintering
4.2.1 Photopolymers Versus Thermoplastics in Automotive
4.3.1 Plastic Printing Taking on Critical Mass in Automotive
4.3 Powdered Composites for Binder Jetting
4.3.1 3D Systems Technology
4.3.2 Voxeljet Technology
4.3.3 Future of Binder Jetted Plastics in Automotive
4.4. Metal Powders and Other Metal Materials
4.4.2 Premium Metals (Titanium, Cobalt Chrome, Nickel Alloys)
4.4.3 Direct Metal Tooling and Tool Repair
4.5 Other Materials Used in 3D Printing Automotive
4.5.1 Considerations for 3D Foundry Sand Demand
4.5.2 Improved Binding Agents Create High Quality Parts
4.6 New Material Trends in the Automotive Industry
4.6.1 Graphene and Carbon Fiber Advancements
4.6.2 Photopolymer Paste Composites
4.7 Key Points From This Chapter
Chapter Five: Market Dynamics for 3D Printing in Automotive (Manufacturers, Service Providers, and End Users)
5.1 Leading 3D Printer Manufacturers in Automotive
5.1.1 3D Systems
5.1.6 Other Manufacturers
5.2 Leading 3D Printing Service Providers in Automotive
5.2.2 Solid Concepts/Stratasys
5.3 Leading End Users of 3D Printing in Automot
5.3.1 Ford Motor Company
5.3.2 BMW Group
5.6 Key Points From This Chapter
Chapter Six: Market Outlook and Ten-Year Forecast of 3D Printing in the Automotive Sector
6.1 Forecasting Methodology
6.2 Forecast Assumptions and Trends
6.2.1 Price Trends for 3D Printers for the Automotive Industry
6.2.2 Price Trends for 3D Printed Materials for the Automotive Industry
6.2.3 Build Rates and Chamber Size
6.3 Total Additive Automotive Market Opportunity
6.3.1 North American Market
6.3.2 European Market
6.3.3 Japense Market
6.3.4 Chinese Market
6.3.5 Rest of World Markets
6.4 Ten Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Hardware in the Automotive Industry
6.4.1 Hardware Shipments
6.4.2 Hardware Revenues
6.5 Ten Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Materials in the Automotive Industry
6.5.1 Material Revenues
6.5.2 Material Shipments
6.6 Ten Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Services & Software in the Automotive Industry
“Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Automotive Industry: A 10 Year Forecast” is the latest report on advanced manufacturing from SmarTech. The report is authored by Senior Analyst Scott Dunham, a seasoned industry analyst in the 3D printing business, who has been covering the space for years. This report compliments SmarTech’s report on additive manufacturing in the Aerospace from March 2014.
The rapid advancement in adoption of 3DP/AM has led SmarTech to create a specific customer adoption model for 3D printing in the automotive industry to provide a template to track how the automotive industry is advancing its use of the technology. This report contains granular ten-year forecasts of “additive automotive” revenues, which are based on this sophisticated analysis.
The report also discusses the revenue generation that will occur as the automotive industry makes its journey from 3DP prototyping to 3DP rapid manufacturing. It also includes a market analysis and forecast of the 3DP materials that will be consumed by the automotive industry over the coming decade, as well as an assessment of the impact of 3DP on the automotive supply chain.
From the Report:
The automotive industry is the leading producer of 3D printed prototype parts, with several manufacturers producing over 100,000 prototype parts and additively manufactured molds per year.
Until recently the automotive industry has seemed content with using the technology for low volume prototypes. However, over the past three years, a variety of leading automotive manufacturers have greatly advanced their use of 3DP technology, both in print volumes and by moving 3D printing into more significant roles within the greater manufacturing environment.
These leaders are bringing the rest of the industry with them into the next evolution of 3D printing in automotive. Revenues from the sale of 3D printers to the automotive industry will reach $586 million by 2019.
Naturally, higher print volumes also mean a rapid increase in materials revenues generated from the use of 3D printers from the automotive industry, which will reach $376 million by 2019. Thermoplastics and photopolymers continue to the lead the way in material revenues, however by pure volume sand will grow at a very rapid pace for the production of sand molds to cast test parts for engine development.
Other applications in automotive are also showing promising developments, including a significant amount of development and research from startups related to cars made from a majority of 3D printed parts. Meanwhile, the laggards in the automotive is quickly move to catch up to the latest trends in manufacturing, and leaders expand their in-house fleets of printers to accommodate more and more advanced functional and conceptual prototypes.