World 4D Printing Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2020-2027

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Although 3D printing technology has not yet gained traction in certain regions, researchers have proposed an updated technology called 4D printing. As the 4D printing industry involves state-of-the-art self-assembling materials, 4D printing could replace 3D printing in the future. Research on 4D printing is being conducted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Auto desk and a few other institutions. Researchers are seeking to develop a code which would enable objects printed in 3D to transform themselves and change shape. “4D printing is still in its infancy stage and it could be difficult to say that how could it be used. However the technology has big potential to develop” stated Amar Hansal, senior Vice President at AutoDesk. The growing demand for innovation in various 3D applications and the U.S. army’s considerable investment in research and development from are the key driving factors for the 4D printing technology market. Although there are various factors driving the market, complex coding techniques and the exorbitant expenses involved in developing smart materials remains a challenge for researchers. Stratasys’ Education ‐ a U.S based 3D printer manufacturer AutoDesk Inc. - a software provider Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Self-Assembly Lab and the R&D Departments of a number of institutes have joined efforts to conduct research on 4D printing. 


The 4D printing market is segmented based on application into various sectors such as Military & defense, Manufacturing, Automotive, Medicine, Infrastructure, Construction, Clothing and Aerospace. According to Hansal, the technology also has potential in areas such as biology, construction, robotics, space exploration and transportation. 

Key Benefits

  • The analysis of the global market provides an overview  of the global 4D printing market with special reference to market trends, market structure, limiting factors and opportunities
  • Porters Five Forces model is used to analyze the potential of buyers & suppliers, and the competitive structure of the market, to guide the market players to develop effective strategies 
  • Assessments are made according to the current business scenario and the future market structure & trends are forecast for the period 2013-2020 considering 2013 as the base year 
  • The  global market is analyzed in a comprehensive manner to help the stakeholders identify the key market opportunities 
  • Value chain analysis provides a systematic study on the key intermediaries involved, which would in turn help the stakeholders to make appropriate strategies


The global applications market is segmented based on various applications such as Military & defense, Automotive, Medicine, Construction, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Clothing and Aerospace.


  • Military & defense
  • Automotive
  • Medicine
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure
  • Clothing
  • Aerospace


  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific



1.1 Report Description
1.2 Key Benefits
1.3 Key Market Segments
1.4 Research Methodology
1.4.1 Secondary Research
1.4.2 Primary Research
1.4.3 Analyst Tools and Models


2.1 CXO Perspective


3.1 Market Definition and Scope
3.2  Key findings
3.2.1 Top factors impacting the market
3.2.2 Top investment pockets
3.2.3 Top winning strategies
3.5 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.6 Market share analysis, 2016
3.7 Market dynamics
3.2.4 Drivers
3.2.5 Restraints
3.2.6 Opportunities


4.1 Introduction
4.2 Fused-deposition Modeling (FDM)
4.2.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
4.2.2 Market Size and Forecast
4.3 Powder Bed and Inkjet Head 3D Printing (PBP)
4.3.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
4.3.2 Market Size and Forecast
4.4 Stereolithography (SLA)
4.4.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
4.4.2 Market Size and Forecast
4.5 Others
4.5.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
4.5.2 Market Size and Forecast


5.1 Introduction
5.2 Programmable Carbon Fiber
5.2.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
5.2.2 Market Size and Forecast
5.3 Programmable Textile
5.3.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
5.3.2 Market Size and Forecast
5.4 Programmable Wood Grain
5.4.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
5.4.2 Market Size and Forecast


6.1 Introduction
6.2 Textile
6.2.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
6.2.2 Market Size and Forecast
6.3 Military & Defense
6.3.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
6.3.2 Market Size and Forecast
6.4 Aerospace
6.4.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
6.4.2 Market Size and Forecast
6.5 Automotive
6.5.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
6.5.2 Market Size and Forecast
6.6 Healthcare
6.6.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
6.6.2 Market Size and Forecast
6.7 Others
6.7.1 Key Market Trends and Key Growth Factors & Opportunities
6.7.2 Market Size and Forecast


7.1 Introduction
7.2 North America
7.2.1 Key Market Trends
7.2.2 Key Growth Factors and Opportunities
7.2.3 Market Size and Forecast
7.2.4 U.S.
7.2.5 Canada
7.2.6 Mexico
7.3 Europe
7.3.1 Key Market Trends
7.3.2 Key Growth Factors and Opportunities
7.3.3 Market Size and Forecast
7.3.4 UK
7.3.5 Germany
7.3.6 France
7.3.7 Rest of Europe
7.4 Asia-Pacific
7.4.1 Key Market Trends
7.4.2 Key Growth Factors and Opportunities
7.4.3 Market Size and Forecast
7.4.4 China
7.4.5 Japan
7.4.6 India
7.4.7 South Korea
7.4.8 Rest of Asia-Pacific
7.5.1 Key Market Trends
7.5.2 Key Growth Factors and Opportunities
7.5.3 Market Size and Forecast
7.5.4 Latin America
7.5.5 Middle East
7.5.6 Africa


8.1 Auto desk Inc.
8.1.1 Company Overview
8.1.2 Company Snapshot
8.1.3 Business Performance
8.1.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.2 Stratasys Ltd.
8.2.1 Company Overview
8.2.2 Company Snapshot
8.2.3 Business Performance
8.2.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.3 Self-assembly Lab
8.3.1 Company Overview
8.3.2 Company Snapshot
8.3.3 Business Performance
8.3.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
8.4.1 Company Overview
8.4.2 Company Snapshot
8.4.3 Business Performance
8.4.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.5 3D systems Corporation
8.5.1 Company Overview
8.5.2 Company Snapshot
8.5.3 Business Performance
8.5.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.6 Hewlett Packard Corporation
8.6.1 Company Overview
8.6.2 Company Snapshot
8.6.3 Business Performance
8.6.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.7 ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
8.7.1 Company Overview
8.7.2 Company Snapshot
8.7.3 Business Performance
8.7.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.8 Materialise NV
8.8.1 Company Overview
8.8.2 Company Snapshot
8.8.3 Business Performance
8.8.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.9 Exone Corporation
8.9.1 Company Overview
8.9.2 Company Snapshot
8.9.3 Business Performance
8.9.4 Strategic Moves and Developments
8.10 Organovo Holdings Inc.
8.10.1 Company Overview
8.10.2 Company Snapshot
8.10.3 Business Performance
8.10.4 Strategic Moves and Developments

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