3D Printed Electronics Market By Product Type (Antennas, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), Sensors, Others), By Technology (Aerosol Jet Printing, Inkjet Printing, Others), By End-use Vertical (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Telecom, Others) - Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026


The global 3D printed electronics market is projected witness immense growth, expanding at a CAGR of 27.8% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. The growth is mainly credited to the growing advantages of 3D printed electronics including high proficiency and accuracy, minimal wastage in production process, etc. Proliferation of touch devices and smart displays is major factor driving the growth of 3D printed electronics market. As 3D printing technology is developing at a rapid pace, functional elements such as antennas, switches and sensors are currently being incorporated into 3D printed products, paving a way for exciting new applications, markets and opportunities. Further, rising need for cost-effective and high performance manufacturing also bodes well with the market growth.

3D printing has enticed great interest in the field of rapid prototyping for a variety of applications due to its flexibility in manufacturing and geometrical designs compared to subtractive methods such as laser cutting and mechanical machining. With the use of conductive inks combined with base materials, the printers are capable of 3D printing electronic objects. These objects are printed as a single, continuous part, that effectively creates fully functional electronics which requires minimal or zero assembly. In such a way, 3D printing is used to manufacture a variety of antennas, circuit boards, circuits, batteries, sensors and microelectromechanical systems.  

Industry experts and engineers are experimenting with conformal electronics i.e. stretchable electronics that can be embedded in smart apparel, fitness trackers, skin patches, etc. Moreover, with further technological advances, printing in nanoscale and usage of newer materials like graphene could lead to additional possibilities in the product design, thereby providing lucrative opportunities to the 3D printed electronics market in the near future.

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"Antennas Exhibits Largest Market Share"

The global 3D printed electronics market, based on product type is segmented into antennas, printed circuit boards (PCBs), sensors, and others (actuators, inductors, and mechatronic integrated devices (MID)). Demand for this product majorly driven by the environmental as well as technical benefits coupled with its cost reduction potential. The physical size of a 3D printed antenna is relatively small in comparison with the existing designs therefore they are intended to consume less space. 3D printing has allowed researchers to formulate the antenna arrays in their new configuration. A thorough study conducted by the researchers concluded that the design of 3D printed antennas can be useful in the future for creating mobile devices with 5G capabilities and higher.

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"Aerosol Jet Printing to Continue its Supremacy in the Market"

In 2017, based on technology, the global 3D printed electronics market was led by aerosol jet printing. Aerosol jet printing has emerged as one of the promising technology for microscale digital 3D printing using functional nanomaterial inks. Electronic products such as antennas, printed circuit boards (PCBs), sensors, etc. can be printed with the use of aerosol jet printing. The technology is currently opening new avenues in development of products by sweeping out the traditional constraints with respect to substrate shape, material incompatibilities, processing cost, etc. thereby providing higher flexibility. 

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"Aerospace & Defense Garnered Largest Market Share in 2017"

In 2017, based on end-use vertical, the global 3D printed electronics market was led by aerospace & defense vertical. The aerospace & defense industry is amongst the early adopters of 3D printing technology. The history of 3D printing goes back to 1983 with some of the aerospace & defense companies beginning the experimentation with the technology as early as in 1988.  The demand for new aerospace & defense electronic devices that packs more functionality into minimal space is augmenting the need for advanced manufacturing methods that tightly integrates electronic circuitry with physical packaging. The exceptional ability of printing electronics directly onto the 3D surfaces makes 3D printing an ideal solution for reducing both weight and size of the device.  

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"North America Dominates the 3D Printed Electronics Market Globally"

3D printed electronics technology gaining massive preference over the traditional manufacturing methods due to its high efficacy and precision. The 3D printed electronics market, based on geography was led by North America in 2017. The growth of this region is mainly attributed to the increasing adoption of 3D printing technology in several end-use verticals especially in the aerospace & defense industry. The U.S. market dominated the North American market in 2017 and projected to remain dominant in the coming years. Europe accounted for the second largest 3D printed electronics market in 2017. Asia Pacific projected to emerge as the fastest growing region during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. Increasing use of consumer electronic devices including wearable devices, smartphones, drones, etc. expected to grow at a higher growth rate in the near future. Developing consumer electronics industry projected to augment the growth prospects of 3D printed electronics market in the Asia Pacific region.

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Competitive Insights

Major players in the 3D printed electronics market include Nano Dimension Ltd., Molex LLC, Xerox Corporation, Novacentrix, Optomec Inc., NeoTech AMT GmbH, Voxel8, Inc, Beta Layout GmbH, Draper, and EoPlex Inc. among others. Product innovation remains one of the major strategies implemented by the players operating in the 3D printed electronics market in order to strengthen their positions globally. With advancements in technologies, demand for 3D printed electronics is likely to evolve rapidly in the coming years. As a result, the market players are focusing on strengthening their product portfolio by adopting several strategies including new product development, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, etc.

For instance, in February 2018, Nano Dimension, one of the leading 3D printed electronics provider announced the availability of the world’s very first 3D printed electronics on-demand online service. The service will give engineers and designers an unprecedented access for developing smart objects. The new and unique 3D printing capabilities positions the Company to provide professional-grade printed antennas, encapsulated sensors, 3D printed circuitry to the engineers and designers within a span of few days. The novel service marks a further expansion of the Company’s rapidly growing impact as one of the world’s leading 3D printed electronics provider, enabling customers solve unique design challenges and reduce product development timelines.

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Historical & Forecast Period

The research report presents the analysis of each segment from 2016 to 2026 considering 2017 as the base year for the research. Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each respective segments calculated for the forecast period from 2018 to 2026.

Report Scope by Segments

3D printed electronics market report provides market size and estimates based on market dynamics and key trends observed in the industry. The report provides a holistic view of global 3D printed electronics market based on product type, technology, end-use vertical and geography. Key segments covered in the report are as follows:

Research Period  2016-2026
Base Year 2017
Forecast Period  2018-2026
Historical Year  2016
Unit  USD Million

 Product Type Segment (2016-2026; US$ Mn)
 • Antennas
 • Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
 • Sensors
 • Others (Mechatronic Integrated Devices (MID), Actuators, Inductors, etc.)

 Technology Type Segment (2016-2026; US$ Mn)
 • Aerosol Jet Printing
 • Inkjet Printing
 • Others (Light Beam Sintering (LBS), etc.)

 End-use Vertical Segment (2016 – 2026; US$ Mn)
 • Aerospace & Defense
 • Automotive
 • Consumer Electronics
 • Healthcare
 • Telecom
 • Others (Energy & Utility, Education & Research, etc.)

 Geography Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • North America (U.S. and Rest of North America)
 • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, and Rest of Europe)
 • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, and Rest of Asia Pacific)
 • Rest of World (Middle East & Africa (MEA), Latin America)

Key questions answered in this report

  • What was the market size of 3D printed electronics in 2017 and forecast up to 2026?
  • What are the key market trends observed in the 3D printed electronics market?
  • Which is the largest regional market for 3D printed electronics market?
  • Which is the most promising technology and end-use vertical in the 3D printed electronics market?
  • Which region or segment will drive the market growth? Why?
  • Which players are leading the 3D printed electronics market?
  • What are the sustainability strategies adopted by the key players operating in the market?

Unique data points of this report

  • Current and future scenario of 3D printed electronics across the globe
  • Qualitative and quantitative insights across different geographies and sub-geographies
  • Adoption rate of 3D printed electronics in various applications
  • Comprehensive mapping of the competitive landscape and the market participants’ behavior
  • Must-have information for market players to enhance and sustain their market footprint
  • Comparative scenario for all segments for the years 2017 (actual) and 2026 (forecast)
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Published Date:  Sep 2018
Category:  Technology & Media
Report ID:   59314
Report Format:   PDF
Pages:   120
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