27 August 2018, Sellbyville, Delaware, USA : 3D Printing in Automotive Market is expected to exceed USD 8 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The 3D printing in automotive market is propelled by the rise in the number of government and industry initiatives to sponsor the additive manufacturing technology. Several countries have developed national programs to support the university level research. For instance, the Canadian government has launched the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) to drive the use of 3D printing among small and medium-sized organizations. This is encouraging organizations to adopt the cutting-edge technology to reduce the cost of operation and increase the productivity.
The increasing customer demand for innovations and lower prices across customized products is also fostering the 3D printing in automotive market. The additive manufacturing technology does not require specialized tooling, nor does it impose pressure on the minimum lot sizes. Moreover, it also allows the production of varied products in any sequence. The technology allows automotive companies to involve customers in the development process of individual products by personalizing the exterior design according to the customer requirements.
The Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology in 3D printing in automotive market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 28% during the forecast period. The technology utilizes high-power electron laser to melt & fuse metal alloy powders used for the fabrication of automotive components in accordance with the electronic data. The electronic laser managed by the electronic foils provides extremely fast & accurate beam control, enabling the manufacturers to maintain numerous melting points simultaneously. Furthermore, the electron laser heats the powder bed to optimal ambient temperatures specific to the material. Thus, the parts produced through the technology are free from residual stress.
Manufacturing is estimated to emerge as the most lucrative application of 3D printing in automotive market. It is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of approximately 30% during the forecast timeline. The market is driven due to the superior properties and cost benefits offered by the 3D printing technology in the manufacturing process. It increases the manufacturing efficiency by eliminating the product assembly stage across the manufacturing cycle. The traditional manufacturing process is characterized by multiple production stages & interconnected storage of semi-finished products resulting in longer lead times. On the contrary, 3D printing manufacturing process is shorter & faster as multiple stages are combined into a single production step. This eliminates the need for intermediate material handling & intra logistics transport costs.