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World Automotive 3D Printing Market to reach $2.4 billion by 2022

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A new report published by Allied Market Research titled World Automotive 3D Printing Market forecasts that the world automotive 3D printing market would garner revenue of $2.4 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 21.8 per cent during the period 2016 – 2022.

Europe would emerge as the leading market over the forecast period, followed by Asia-Pacific and North America. Automotive companies worldwide would adopt 3D printing technology, majorly for prototyping and tooling applications.

Automotive industry, one of the biggest industries across the world, is witnessing tough competition among the operating players. The players are consolidating all their efforts into minimizing the material usage and reducing manufacturing lead time & associated costs.

Therefore, 3D printing technology is exhibiting widespread applications within the automotive sector for prototyping and tooling, R&D and product innovation applications. However, the lack of skilled labor and high cost of 3D technology are the key restraining factors, limiting the market growth to a considerable extent.

Different technologies such as stereolithography, fused deposition modeling, selective laser sintering, laminated object manufacturing and electron beam melting are used in automotive sector for 3D printing. Stereolithography is the most commonly used technology, as it facilitates faster production of complex parts. Among the other aforementioned technologies, fused deposition modeling and selective laser sintering, would emerge as the popular technologies adopted for 3D printing in the automotive industry.

Prototyping & tooling, would be the primary application segment, since it reduces the product manufacturing time and additional costs associated with outsourcing tasks.

Apart from prototyping and tooling, 3D printing also finds major application in manufacturing of complex parts. It helps in reducing the manufacturing time and material wastage by manufacturing the parts with minimal defects.

Materials such as polymers, metal & alloys, are commonly used for 3D printing. Nowadays, polymers are the most prominently used materials to manufacture automotive parts using 3D printing.

North America presently constitutes the highest market share across the world for 3D printing technology, owing to early adoption and awareness of the aforementioned technology. Growing automotive production in Europe and Asia-Pacific would result in the increasing adoption of 3D printing in these regions over the forecast period. The declining prices of the technology would facilitate the market growth in major automotive production countries such as China, Japan and Brazil.

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