3D Printing in Medical Applications Market Overview
It is predicted that the global 3D printing in medical applications market will witness significant growth during the forecast period. Advanced research and development activities by the market players and rising popularity of customized 3D printed medical products are some notable factors driving the market demand. 3D printing is an advanced technology used to produce objects through fusing or depositing materials, such as metals, polymers, and ceramics in layers, resulting into 3D objects.
On the basis of application, the 3D printing in medical applications market is categorized into medical implants, bioengineering, surgical guides and surgical instruments. Among these, medical implants is expected to be the fastest growing category in the global market, during the forecast period. Increasing demand of 3D printing for customizing medical implants, that provide high success rate, and value to both the patients and healthcare providers is among the various factors driving the growth of this application area. The medical implant category is further sub-categorized into dental, orthopedic, and cranio-maxillofacial implants.
Electron beam melting, photopolymerization, laser beam melting, and droplet deposition manufacturing are various technologies involved in the 3D printing in medical applications market. Of these, photopolymerization held the largest share in this market in 2017, since this technology offers high resolution in printing and focus on capturing detailed and highly complex geometry.
The 3D printing in medical applications market is categorized into biological cells, ceramics, metals, and polymers, on the basis of raw material. Among these, polymer is the most widely adopted raw material for medical applications, mainly due to its biocompatible properties.
Geographically, North America leads the 3D printing in medical applications market and held the largest share in 2017, mainly on account of increased research and development (R&D) investment, focused on technological innovation. Europe is predicted to be the fastest growing regional market for 3D printing in medical applications, mainly due to the growing funding by private and public organizations.
3D Printing in Medical Applications Market Dynamics
Some of the factors driving the 3D printing in medical applications market are rising public and private funding, and time and cost effectiveness of 3D printing applications over traditional manufacturing processes. The funding by several private and public bodies provides opportunities to start-ups involved in 3D printing to advance their R&D activities and explore its further application in the medical field. For instance, in April 2018, Arigin Medical Co. Ltd., a Shanghai based start-up focused on providing complete medical 3D printing solutions in the field of orthopaedics, completed its series A investment round, securing tens of millions RMB in finance. The funding was led by Proxima Ventures, Dingxin Capital and Delta Capital.
Lack of skilled professionals, and complications associated to material characterization and development are some of the factors hindering the growth of the 3D printing in medical applications market. Other than this, lack of standardized equipment and process control, and stringent regulatory requirement for medical devices approval are also restraining the growth of the 3D printing in medical applications market.
3D Printing in Medical Applications Market Competitive Landscape
The industry players are focusing on strengthening their market position in the 3D printing in medical applications industry, through partnership and collaboration as part of their business strategy. For instance, in October 2018, 3D Systems, Inc. (3D Systems) partnered with Amann Girrbach GmbH, a supplier of digital dental prosthetic solutions, to expand Ceramill system digital dental workflow with 3D Systems’s NextDent 5100 3D printing solution.
In February 2018, EnvisionTEC GmbH partnered with AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions (owned by Global Dental Science LLC), a provider of digital dentures. This partnership aimed at jointly offering a complete digital workflow solution for digital dentures, from impressions and digital design to try-in and final restoration, that would ease the adoption of quality digital dentures.
The key players in the market are also introducing technologically advanced products to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in April 2018, EnvisionTEC GmbH announced the launch of two new medical-grade materials that make printing parts for implantation in humans, safe and easy. These medical-grade biomaterials are suitable for use in wound repair, biosensor housings, bone regeneration, and drug release.
Some of the other key players in the 3D printing in medical applications market are Eos GmbH Electro Optical Systems, Materialise NV, EnvisionTEC GmbH, 3D Systems Corporation, Nanoscribe GmbH, Voxeljet Technology GmbH, and Stratasys Ltd.
The study provides historical as well the forecast market size data for various countries including the U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Brazil.