Identifying which 3D printing companies will survive the current wave of industry excitement is a difficult task, but one leading market research organisation has singled out the firms and applications that it believes will continue to turn a profit in the longer term.
Research and Markets' Global 3D Printing Markets Report 2013 aims to dispel confusion in this hype-filled sector, pinpointing where there are real opportunities to be had. Particularly, the report aims to give the reader an application-by-application assessment of the opportunities available within the 3D printing market, including ten-year forecasts of services, hardware and software.
Furthermore, the report contains detailed profiles of leading firms to monitor in the 3D printing arena, with an assessment of their strategies and business models. The report also investigates where there may be gaps in the market that start-ups could take advantage of and how established rust-belt manufacturers are likely to react to the rise of 3D printing.
The objective of the report is to provide crucial input to senior executives making marketing, investment and business development decisions in the evolving 3D printing and additive manufacturing marketplace.
The report's authors believe 3D printing and 3D scanning companies will gain a better understanding of the applications that represent real opportunities for growth rather than those riding the short-term hype wave. Moreover, where the report highlights new sources of business revenue, it also provides guidance on market evolution and timing.
Software companies, service bureaus and CAD firms are, according to Research and Markets, likely to gain an insight into where they can seek new addressable markets in the 3D printing space and how they ought to develop their business models over the coming decade.
Moreover, the report aims for potential end users of 3D printing throughout the industry to increase their knowledge of where the market is headed both as an "advanced revolutionary change" and "where it is expected merely to be a useful tool". Readers, it is hoped, will also understand the capabilities of cutting-edge 3D printing technologies and how those capabilities will continue to evolve in the decades to come.
"The report provides a roadmap for 3D printing technology that will be invaluable to product managers of all kinds and its scope extends to all serious applications and end user sectors that have been proposed for 3D printing to date," Research and Markets stated.