Industrial 3D printing refers to manufacturing lightweight yet stable and highly complex structures. This process doesn't involve tools or molds and produces much lesser waste than conventional methods. 3D printing for industrial applications has been gradually changing from just prototyping to mass production, which can notably decrease the Time-to-Market (TTM) by minimizing the lead-time for prototypes & final parts and eliminating the use of traditional methods.
Until the recent past, Asia-Pacific has been lagging in 3D printing adoption behind the prominent regions in the west. However, the mounting inclination of the leading companies operating in the manufacturing sector, coupled with favorable government policies, has helped several countries develop a robust 3D printing ecosystem in the region.
The Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market is expected to register around 19% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2022-27. Asia-Pacific is a region with numerous untapped opportunities for the industrial 3D printing market. Most of the projected market expansion attributes to the immense government support and R&D investments in creating a robust 3D printing ecosystem, which is why several prominent companies operating in the industry are establishing their facilities across the region, mainly in China, South Korea, and Japan. Besides, increasing developments across the manufacturing sector, rapid urbanization, and the massive consumer electronics industry in the region are also driving the market.
|Study Period||Historical Data: 2017-20|
|Base Year: 2021|
|Forecast Period: 2022-27|
|Country Covered||China, India, Japan, South Korea|
|Key Companies Profiled||3D System Corporation, Stratasys Ltd., EOS GmbH Arcam AB, Materialise NV, The Exone Company, Voxeljet AG, SLM Solutions Group AG, ARC Group Worldwide, Inc., Envision TEC|
|Unit Denominations||USD Million/Billion|
Asia-Pacific is emerging as a manufacturing hub for the automotive & healthcare sector. The growing adoption of sustainable manufacturing processes across various industries and the increasing utilization of 3D printing in developing artificial tissues & muscles (which replicate the natural human tissues) for replacement surgeries are other prominent contributors to the market expansion.
China is all set to become a profound contender to the well-established 3D printing market in western regions over the coming years. In addition to China, there are also positive prospects for the market growth in Australia, South Korea, & ASEAN countries like Thailand, Singapore, & Malaysia, among others. Furthermore, various policies & proposals by governments of different countries in Asia-Pacific for minimizing industrial waste also project remunerative prospects for the market over the forecast years.
Impact of Covid-19 on the Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market
In 2020, the advent of Covid-19 became a worldwide issue and significantly impacted the Industrial 3D Printing Market across Asia-Pacific. The imposition of lockdowns and trade & travel restrictions hampered the overall industrial production in the region, owing to which the market witnessed severe growth challenges. The leading players in the market observed production delays & halts and supply chain disruptions for 3D printers, owing to a shortage of labor & raw materials, which, in turn, introduced significant revenue losses for them amidst the crisis.
Based on Application:
Amongst these three applications, prototyping accounted for the largest share in the Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market, and the same trend is projected during 2022-27. It attributes to the extensive utilization of 3D printers for prototyping applications across multiple verticals, particularly the Automotive and Aerospace & Defense sectors, for precisely & accurately designing & building different parts.
Prototyping allows organizations to achieve highly accurate & reliable end-products. It further helps in building 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) models. Moreover, the flexibility in selecting speed & materials and testing products before production aids in boosting the design efficiency in much lesser time than traditional techniques. It is another prominent aspect leading to the burgeoning adoption of 3D printers in prototyping applications and, in turn, augmenting the overall market growth.
Based on Technology:
Here, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) & Stereolithography (SLA) are the most widely-used technologies in industrial 3D printing, and altogether, they hold a significant share in the market. The ease of operation and cost-effectiveness associated with these technologies are the prime factors contributing to their extensive adoption for developing highly-durable parts & components in bulk.
Both FDM & SLA technologies are used extensively for making toolings like jigs & fixtures. While FDM is considered better for large & simple components, SLA seems a better solution for complex & highly accurate tools & molds. Due to the rising affordability & availability of these 3D printing technologies, more and more companies are increasingly adopting & utilizing them for high quality & low-cost rapid prototyping.
Owing to low costs, many educational institutes choose FDM for those who require rapid drafts & practical experience with the technology. On the other front, with superior quality & numerous applications, SLA is the ideal choice for technical & research institutes and dental & jewelry education. Hence, these aspects contribute to the burgeoning adoption of FDM & SLA 3D printing technologies across different end-user verticals.
Based on End-User:
Of them all, the automotive and aerospace & defense industries are the major end-users of 3D printing applications, with the largest share in the market. For years, the automotive sector has been utilizing 3DP for rapid prototyping equipment & small custom products in a short duration. However, it has started using 3D printers even for manufacturing final components & products. The growing consumer requirements for innovative vehicles with enhanced performance, coupled with the mounting need for optimized production, supply chains, & logistics, are augmenting the market growth across the automotive sector.
On the other hand, companies operating in the aerospace & defense sectors are increasingly using 3D printing technology for the rapid & cost-effective manufacturing of lightweight, solid, & complex components owing to benefits like less supply chain restraints, reduced wastage of materials, and hassle-free operations even in warehouses with limited spaces.
Geographically, the Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market expands across:
Of all countries, China is the biggest market for industrial 3D printing across Asia-Pacific, owing primarily to the massive government support for the industry, with plans to introduce several 3D printing pilot projects across different end-user verticals, including the healthcare sector. The country is encouraging the leading companies operating in the 3D printing space, investing massively in enhancing the technology, and making active efforts toward the standardization of the industry.
Metal 3D printing is an emerging trend in China's industrial 3D printing market and is noticed as more of a manufacturing process. Since industries like the aerospace & defense, and automotive, significantly contribute to the country's economy from manufacturing, more and more organizations are working rigorously on developing metal machines, thereby benefitting the overall market growth across the country.
Across China's healthcare sector, big hospitals are already leveraging 3D printing for organ models that surgeons utilize to prepare for complex surgeries. Moreover, for several years, implants are also being 3D-printed across many hospitals in the country. Hence, with the burgeoning adoption and massive government support, the Industrial 3D Printing Market in China is set to witness numerous & significant growth prospects in the coming years.
Growth Restraint: Massive Capital Involved with Setting-Up Industrial 3D Printers
An industrial 3D printer requires high capital investment entwined with expenses on hiring skilled professionals for the software setup, buying & installing materials, and maintenance. As a result, the high initial cost of a 3D printer, coupled with charges associated with installation, service contracts, & maintenance, all together add to an overall massive equipment ownership cost, irrespective of whether the printer is idle or used extensively. Therefore, the aspects cited above might hamper the growth of the Asia-Pacific 3D Printing Market during 2022-27.
Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:
Frequently Asked Questions
A. The Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market is expecting around 19% CAGR during 2022-27.
A. Massive R&D investments by governments of different countries in developing a robust 3D printing ecosystem, coupled with favorable norms for encouraging sustainable manufacturing methods, are the prime aspects projected to drive the Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market during 2022-27. However, the high costs associated with buying, installing, & maintaining industrial 3D printers might display a declining market growth in the years to come.
A. The Healthcare sector is anticipated to emerge as an area of remunerative opportunities for the leading players in the Asia-Pacific Industrial 3D Printing Market over the forecast years.