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3D Printing in Automobile

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  • 193 Pages
  • July 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Sagacious Research
  • ID: 4727291

This report is a Handbook of Innovations & Technologies (HIT), in the domain of 3D printing in the automotive industry and provides insights into the technical challenges, existing solutions, innovation trends, market trends and key participants in the innovation ecosystem.

This report is essential reading for everyone associated with the domain of 3D printing, providing clear answers to problems and issues faced, enabling them to take key decisions. For example, this report can be beneficial to CEOs, heads and members of R&D departments, heads and members of IP/strategy departments, heads and members of HR departments, heads and members of marketing departments, academic researchers and scientists, patent agents and/or attorneys, as well as investors and consultants operating in the domain of both the 3D printing and automotive industries.

This report provides valuable answers to the following critical questions:

Investment decision:

  • When did patenting activity in the domain start and how has it evolved?
  • Which countries are suitable market geographies for utilizing this technology?
  • Who are the major players involved in this technology?
  • What potential collaboration opportunities are available with smaller players?
  • Who are the recent entrants?
  • What are the different activities being taken up by the major players?
  • Which are the best patents and who owns them?

R&D activities:

  • What are their patenting strategies and areas of focus?
  • How do the major players compare against each other in terms of IP potential, R&D capabilities and strategy?
  • Which countries are the innovation hubs for this technology domain?
  • Which research institutes / universities work in this area?
  • Which technology areas are most focused on research and development?
  • What are the latest technological advancements in the domain?
  • What are the different 3D printing processes used?
  • Which specific materials are used for 3D printing in the automobile industry?
  • What are the major technical challenges associated with various processes, materials and modeling techniques?
  • Which companies are filing patents in different materials for respective 3D printing techniques?

Human resource:

  • Who are the key inventors / experts in different technology areas?
  • What is the area of expertise for the key inventors?
  • Which law firms are available in different jurisdictions?
  • What is the grant rate and average grant time for respective law firms?
  • Who are the examiners in the domain and what is their grant rate?
  • Which art units are available for the patent filing and what is their grant rate and grant time in the domain?

Legal/IP counseling:

  • What are the major IP stumbling blocks (dark spaces) in 3D printing in Automobile domain?
  • What are potential industry segments where patent portfolio coverage could be extended?
  • How to draft better inventions (optimized scoped) and prosecute efficiently?
  • What patenting strategies are being adopted by major players in 3D printing in Automobile domain (jurisdictions, type of claims, patent maintenance, etc.)?
  • What are the major law firms/agents involved in 3D printing in Automobile domain?

To prepare this report, multiple diverse searches were conducted to comprehensively identify all the patents pertinent to 3D printing in the automotive industry. These patents were then analyzed manually to capture their focus and application areas and identify the technical challenges. Thereafter, informative and actionable insights were generated by combining this manual information with the bibliographic information of the patents. Expert industry analysis has also been included as part of the research.

This report includes three sections:

1. Overall trends in the domain of 3D printing in the automobile industry:
This section highlights technology evolution (patent filing trends), primary countries of research, major market geographies, existing collaborations and opportunities, new entrants, key patents, most active law firms, prominent inventors and important IPC classes as well as key player’s IP position in the domain of 3D printing.

2. Detailed technology analysis of patents and applications published in the technology domain:
This section highlights the focus of patents and applications relating to the production methods used in 3D printing, scanning and modeling techniques disclosed, materials used for 3D printing, applicable products being targeted and technical challenges faced.

3. Major players trends in the domain of 3D printing in the automobile industry:
This section provides an analysis of the major players in the domain focusing on their patent filing trends, their research centers, markets of interest, technology focus, partnerships, strategies and other important parameters.

Based on patenting activity, the following companies were identified as the major players, and are analyzed in detail in this section:

I. Daimler
II. Bayerische Motoren Werke
III. Ford Motors
IV. Volkswagen
V. Continental
VI. General Motors
VII. Robert Bosch
VIII. Mazda Motors

Table of Contents

Introduction to 3D printing in automobileExecutive summary
1 Overview of innovations in 3D printing in automobile
1.1 Innovation trends
1.2 Major corporate players
1.3 Major academic players
1.4 New entrants
1.5 Top collaborations / joint research
1.6 Top inventors
1.7 Independent inventors
1.8 Research countries
1.9 Market geographies
2 Detailed analysis of each global invention in 3D printing in automobile
2.1 Curation/ Technology tagging schema for all inventions
2.2 Technical challenges analysis
2.2.1 Details and list of all technical challenges faced Improvement in manufacturing methods Improvement in part/ component efficiency Reduction in cost Improvement in part properties Improvement in mileage Reduction in manufacturing time Analysis Improvement in unitary part manufacturing Improvement in complex part manufacturing Improvement in material properties Other technical challenges
2.2.2 Technical challenges trends
2.2.3 Technical challenges solved by assignees
2.2.4 Matrix of technical challenges v/s research and market country
2.3 Method of 3D printing
2.3.1 Details and list of all inventions organized by methods of 3D printing Powder bed fusion methods Direct energy deposition methods Binder jetting methods Sheet lamination methods Vat polymerization methods Material extrusion methods Material jetting methods
2.3.2 Trends in methods of 3D printing
2.3.3 Method of 3D printing v/s major players (based on the method of 3D printing)
2.3.4 Method of 3D printing v/s research and market countries
2.3.5 Methods of 3D printing v/s Products
2.3.6 Methods v/s Technical challenges
2.4 Materials of 3D printing
2.4.1 Trends in materials of 3D printing
2.4.2 Trends in Polymers
2.4.3 Trends in Metals
2.4.4 Trends in Metal Alloys
2.4.5 Trends in Ceramics
2.4.6 Trends in Composites
2.4.7 Materials of 3D printing v/s major players (based on Materials of 3D printing)
2.4.8 Materials of 3D printing v/s research and market countries
2.4.9 Material of 3D printing v/s products
2.5 Products
2.5.1 Details and list of all inventions by automobile parts/components/products Engine components Power enhancing unit components Fuel supply system components Ignition system components Lubrication system components Exhaust system components Electric powered vehicle components HVAC system components Transmission system components Suspension system components Control system components Frame/body/chassis components
2.5.2 Trends in products
2.5.3 Products v/s major players (Based on products)
2.5.4 Products v/s market & research countries
2.5.5 Products v/s technical challenges
2.6 Mega trend analysis
2.61 Key disruptions, their impact and their current state analysis
2.62 Mega trends predictions and considerations for the future
2.63 Recommendations for starting new research/ development programs in 3D printing in automobile (including recommendations on acquisition/ collaborations/ licensing)
2.7 Intellectual property considerations
2.7.1 Key inventions
2.7.2 Key free-to-use inventions
2.7.3 Key litigations
3 Major players (academic/ corporate) analysis
3.1 Major player portfolio analyses
3.2 Daimler
3.2.1 Summary
3.2.2 Filing trend analysis
3.2.3 Market geographies
3.2.4 SWOT analysis
3.2.5 Products
3.3 Bayerische Motoren Werke
3.3.1 Summary
3.3.2 Filing trend analysis
3.3.3 Market geographies
3.3.4 SWOT analysis
3.3.5 Product
3.4 Ford Motor
3.4.1 Summary
3.4.2 Filing trend analysis
3.4.3 Market geographies
3.4.4 SWOT analysis
3.4.5 Product
3.5 Volkswagen
3.3.1 Summary
3.3.2 Filing trend analysis
3.3.3 Market geographies
3.3.4 SWOT analysis
3.3.5 Product
3.6 Continental
3.6.1 Summary
3.6.2 Filing trend analysis
3.6.3 Market geographies
3.6.4 SWOT analysis
3.6.5 Product
3.7 General Motors
3.7.1 Summary
3.7.2 Filing trend analysis
3.7.3 Market geographies
3.7.4 SWOT analysis
3.7.5 Product - Rolls Royce
3.8 Robert Bosch
3.8.1 Summary
3.8.2 Filing trend analysis
3.8.3 Market geographies
3.8.4 SWOT Analysis
3.8.5 Product
3.9 Mazda Motors
3.9.1 Summary
3.9.2 Filing trend analysis
3.9.3 Market geographies
3.9.4 SWOT analysis
3.9.5 Product
3.10 Key players’ IP position forward citations
3.11 Key players’ IP position backward citations
3.12 Major players’ comparative analysis - R&D
3.13 Major players’ portfolio strength analysis
3.14 Major players’ filing strategy
4 Market consideration
4.1 Key opportunities
4.1.1 Key markets
4.1.2 Key applications
4.1.3 Other key opportunities list
4.2 Key risks/ barriers
4.3 Market size and growth predictions
4.4 Key competitive issues
5 Report Authors6 Methodology7 Relevance criteria8 Bibliography9 Disclaimer



Companies Mentioned

  • Bayerische Motoren Werke
  • Continental
  • Daimler
  • Ford Motors
  • General Motors
  • Mazda Motors
  • Robert Bosch
  • Volkswagen