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TeethThe growth of dental 3D printing applications may drive the industry's growth.
A fresh report on the state of the 3D printing industry, its associated technologies, markets and key players has claimed the industry will be worth $4 billion (£2.6 billion, €3 billion) by 2025.
Published by Research and Markets, the document has been christened 3D Printing 2013-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players. It discusses each of the technologies and on-going advances in depth, analysing both the current and future markets for 3D printing.
The market structure is written in sufficient detail and presents profiles of the major players in the sector together with insights gleaned from in-depth interviews with a range of companies involved in 3D printing.
Furthermore, the report aims to be useful to organisations currently considering how 3D printing could be of value to them but are unsure of the correct technology to employ. The document will also be of value to businesses already familiar with the technology, but wish to seek either a broader overview or more detailed resource to bring their knowledge of the industry up to date.
3D Printing 2013-2025 aims to raise awareness of the versatility of the technology and how it is best put to use.
Authors of the report stated that while 3D printing final product is still relatively slow compared to some manufacturing methods, new, more complex design avenues are opening up, allowing the economic production of lighter components, which is critical to the aerospace and automotive industries.
Applications are also emerging in the medical and dental arenas, where the opportunity afforded by cheap customisation is enabling practitioners to replicate a patient's body based on MRI and CT scans in order to practice difficult, invasive procedures and make medical and dental implants that are fully customised to a particular individual.