Additive manufacturing (AM) is an automatic process used to create rapid prototypes and functional end-use parts. It takes virtual designs from Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and transforms them into thin, virtual, horizontal layer-wise cross-sections, until the model is complete. Various synonyms generally used for AM are additive fabrication, additive processes, additive techniques, additive layer manufacturing, layer manufacturing, and freeform fabrication.
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer. Various synonyms generally used for AM are additive fabrication, additive processes, additive techniques, additive layer manufacturing, layer manufacturing, and freeform fabrication.
Technological innovations in 3d printing have been witnessed over the past few years. Newer surgical products manufactured from AM, with better safety and efficacy attributes, contribute to the widespread adoption of the additive manufacturing in medical by physicians and patients worldwide.
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Global 3D Printing Market, by industry
Automotive or motor vehicles account for the largest share in this market, primarily due to the easy applications of 3D printing in the production of end-products (engines, spare parts, other interior, and exterior parts) as compared to other segments such as consumer products and business machines, which have limited usage in manufacturing of end-products. Rising healthcare expenditure in emerging economies provide growth opportunities for the AM technologies, as new healthcare facilities have come up in these areas.
New and improved technologies, financial support from governments, large application area, rapid product development at a low cost, and ease of development of custom products are the major drivers that are slated to propel additive manufacturing market. However, a few pivotal factors restraining the growth of this market are regulatory hurdles in different countries, material characterization during development, and process control and understanding.
The penetration rate of additive manufacturing for the medical devices market is faltering in emerging markets. However, established companies and new entrants in the additive manufacturing for medical devices market should consider these GDP growth rates, ease of product approval, increasing procedural volumes, and low penetration rates compared to mature markets, as the driving opportunistic factors that will plant the seed for future possible success for such companies.
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Geographical Analysis of Additive Manufacturing Market:
Europe accounts for the largest market share of the global additive manufacturing for medical devices market, followed by North America. In the future, it is estimated that the share of the European region will decrease, attributable to lowering device prices, regulatory pressures, and increasing focus of players towards emerging markets in the Asian and Latin American regions.
Major Key Players in Additive Manufacturing Market:
The key players in this market are 3D Systems Corporation (U.S.), 3T RPD (U.K.), Arcam AB (Sweden), Biomedical Modeling, Inc. (U.S.), Envisiontec GmbH (Germany), EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems (Germany), Fcubic AB (Sweden), GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services, Inc. (U.S.), Greatbatch, Inc. (U.S.), Layerwise NV (Belgium), Limacorporate SPA (Italy), Materialise NV (Belgium), Medical Modeling, Inc. (U.S.), and others.