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Military 4D Printing Market

Military 4D Printing Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Technique, By Material, By Properties, By Application : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2030-2040

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Author's: Mohnish Jayendra Khisty | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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The global military 4D printing market size is projected to be valued at $16.1 million in 2030, and is expected to reach $673.4 million by 2040, registering a CAGR of 45.2% from 2030 to 2040.

4D printing technology is the process that allows the printed objects to self-transform over time. It is also known as additive manufacturing technology that allows nanoscale manipulation and programming during the production process to ultimately create products designed to adapt to their environment. The printed object can change shape due to many factors such as air, heat, pressure and magnetism. It is an advancement to the 3D printing technology, which can be created by using smart material and software program in the 3D printing machine. Hence, it is a novel technology and is on the verge of commercialization.

 

Military 4D Printing Market

Currently, the defense industry is adopting the 4D printing technologies to simplify the process of manufacturing of parts and components, as well as weapons and equipment. With the changes in battlefield requirements, the equipment that changes (shape or properties) in accordance with the environment is likely to help armies gain an upper hand. To have this tactical advantage, investments in 4D printed weapons are anticipated to grow rapidly in the future. For instance, the U.S. Army Research Center is coming up with new technologies, such as a soldier’s uniform that can offer protection against toxic gases effectively or alter its own camouflage while traveling through different climates. Such robust development in the defense sector is anticipated to boost the growth for the global military 4D printing market in the forecast period.

Military 4D Printing Market
By Technique
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Stereolithography (SLA) segment is projected to be the dominating segment throughout the forecast period.

Factors such as surge in military application to boost the product demand, increasing investments by armed forces into technology, and rise in adoption of lightweight components is expected to drive the military 4d printing industry growth. However, complex design of both hardware & software section and lack of standardization in process are some of the factors that hinders the market growth. Furthermore, technological advancements and rise in demand for Industry 4.0 and emergence of Industry 5.0 are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for military 4D printing market growth.

The military 4D printing market is segmented into technique, material, properties, application, and region. By technique, it is fragmented into fused deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS) & selective laser melting (SLM), and others. Based on material, it is classified into hydrogels, thermo-responsive, photo-responsive, electro & magneto responsive, and others (piezoelectric materials and pH-positive). By properties, the market is divided into self-assembly, self-repair, and self-adaptability. By application, the market is categorized into army, navy, and air force. By region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Military 4D Printing Market
By Material
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Others segment dominates the Latin America Military 4D Printing Market and is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period.

3D Systems, Inc., ABB, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electro material Science (ACES), Autodesk Inc., Dassault Systems, ExOne, Fracktal Works Private Limited, General Electric (GE), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Höganäs AB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materialise, Merck KGaA, Optomec, Inc., Organovo Holdings, Inc., Proto Labs, and Stratasys are some of the leading key players operating in the military 4D Printing market.

Surge in military application to boost the product demand

The military & defense segment of various nations has been developing advanced printing technologies to assist soldiers in various combat missions and operations. This has increased the performance of military weapons such as guns, machinery, tanks, and trucks which in turn expected to boost demand for 4D printers in the defense sector. Countries such as the U.S., China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, France and the UK among others have the strongest military in the world, hence emerging with continuous technological advancements in military weapons to be future-ready and secure. For instance, the U.S. Army Research Center is coming up with new technologies, such as a soldier’s uniform that can offer protection against toxic gases effectively or alter its own camouflage while traveling through different climates. Such robust development in the defense sector is anticipated to boost the growth for the global military 4D printing market.

Military 4D Printing Market
By Properties
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Self-repair segment Enterprises segment was the highest revenue contributor during the forecast period.

Increasing investments by armed forces into technology

Governments of countries such as Russia, the U.S., China, India, and others are increasing investment in arm forces to establish dominance on the battlefield. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), total global military expenditure rose to $1981 billion in 2020, an increase of 2.6 percent from 2019. In addition, the rise in terrorist activities and civil activities in several regions of the world and rising international conflicts have tends to countries to enhance their military strengths through advancements in technologies, such factors increase the demand for adoption of the 4D printing technologies in armed forces. In addition, governments of various countries significantly spending on military modernization programs to bolster infrastructure and posture for continued dominance into the future. For instance, in 2019, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) of the U.S. Army acquired a Rize One 3D printer, for manufacturing of on-demand 4D printing technology. Such efforts by the governments & armed forces, to integrate the advanced 4D printing technology for manufacturing parts and components propels the demand of 4D printing market in the forecast period.   

Military 4D Printing Market
By Application
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Navy segment would exhibit a CAGR of 42.1% during forecast period.

Lack of standardization in process

Several research and development projects specific to 4D printing are underway in industries, such as healthcare, electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer appliances (fashion and consumer durables), textile, construction, and industrial machinery. Despite being a novel technology, 4D printing technology needs to overcome several technological hurdles prior to owing to lack of potential opportunities which are acknowledged by several experts in the field. Moreover, the market for 4D printing is at nascent stage owing to lack of research and development activities, lack of multi-material printers, lack of low-cost printers and smart materials, slow print times, and the limited reliability of printed objects in the long run. Thus, owing the material availability limitations & lack of standardization process hinders the use of 4D printing technology in military applications.

Technological advancement

The technological advancements in 4D printing such as fused deposition modeling, electron beam melting, and portable 4D printing system are resulting in the adoption of 4D printing technologies in the medical and defense sector. Currently, researchers use direct inkjet cure, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, laser-assisted bioprinting, and selective laser melting methods for 4D printing. For instance, the U.S. Air Force is using 3D & 4D printed parts on C-5 Galaxy transport jets. The parts are used in various parts of the cabin and crew bunk areas of the plane, which include overhead panels, reading and emergency light covers, window reveals, and gasper panels. Also, the U.S. Air Force plans to add 20 additional components on the aircraft, made from polymers and high-end metals, such as titanium. Moreover, with the changes in battlefield requirements, the 3D-printing manufacturers have upgraded their technologies to 4D printing by delivering addictive manufacturing technology which unlocking opportunities for the defense industry by reducing production costs for tools & components, additional design flexibility, and localized manufacturing. Additionally, additive manufacturing can also enhance the maintenance of military systems by producing spare or obsolete parts. Such innovation & development in 4D printing technology create lucrative opportunity in the defense sector in the forecast period.

Military 4D Printing Market
By Region
2040
Asia-pacific 
North America
Europe
LAMEA

Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 49.1% during 2022-2031

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents analytical depiction of the global military 4D printing market analysis along with current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall military 4D printing market opportunity is determined by understanding profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold.
  • The report presents information related to the key drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the global military 4D printing market with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current military 4D printing market is quantitatively analyzed from 2030 to 2040 to benchmark the financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Military 4D Printing Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2040

USD 673.4 million

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 45.2%

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Forecast period

2030 - 2040

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Report Pages

402

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By Properties
  • Self-assembly
  • Self-repair
  • Self-adaptability
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By Application
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
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By Technique
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
  • Selective laser sintering (SLS) and selective laser melting (SLM)
  • Others
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By Material
  • Hydrogels
  • Thermo-responsive
  • Photo-responsive
  • Electro & magneto responsive
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (U.K., Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Vietnam, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
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Key Market Players

Merck KGaA, Höganäs AB, Autodesk, Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 3D Systems Corp., ABB, General Electric, Proto Labs, Stratasys, Fracktal Works Private Limited, Optomec, Inc, Materialise NV, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), ExOne, Organovo Holdings, Inc., Dassault Systemes SA

Analyst Review

Based on the interviews of various top-level CXOs of leading companies, the increasing investments by armed forces for the reduction in manufacturing cost maintenance of military equipment, along with high demand for lightweight parts and robust plans to install additive manufactured components on military aircrafts are anticipated to generate demand for the segment in the future, thereby propel the global military 4D printing market. For instance, in U.S., the USAF and the US military are investing in 4D printing to bolster infrastructure and posture American airpower for continued dominance into the future.

In addition, an increase in government support for military 4D printing manufacturing, owing to various advantages offered by the technology, such as the ability to repair and self-replicate itself in response to external environmental conditions is anticipated to drive the market growth. Governments of countries such as Russia, the U.S., China, India, and others are increasing investment in arm forces to establish dominance on the battlefield. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), total global military expenditure rose to $1981 billion in 2020, an increase of 2.6 percent from 2019. For instance, in 2019, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) of the U.S. army acquired a Rize One 3D printer, for manufacturing of on-demand of spare parts and tools. Such efforts by the government, to integrate the advanced technology manufacturing parts and components for reducing the costs, are further expected to bolster the penetration of 4D printing technology for military applications.

Factors such as surge in military application to boost the product demand, increasing investments by armed forces into technology, and rise in adoption of lightweight components is expected to drive the market growth. However, complex design of both hardware & software section and lack of standardization in process are some of the factors that hinders the market growth. Furthermore, technological advancements and rise in demand for Industry 4.0 and emergence of Industry 5.0 are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for military 4D printing market growth.

Among the analyzed regions, North America is the highest revenue contributor, followed by Asia-Pacific, Europe, and LAMEA. On the basis of forecast analysis, Asia-Pacific is expected to lead during the forecast period, due to increase in military spending across Asia-Pacific countries.

Author Name(s) : Mohnish Jayendra Khisty | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

Increased application in defense service are the upcoming trends of Military 4D Printing Market in the world

Introduction of advanced weapons to be used in all defense sectors are the leading application of Military 4D Printing market

North America is the largest regional market for Military 4D Printing

The global military 4D printing market is projected to be valued at $16.1 1million in 2030, and is expected to reach $673.4 million by 2040, registering a CAGR of 45.2% from 2030 to 2040

3D Systems, Inc., ABB, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electro material Science (ACES), Autodesk Inc., Dassault Systems, ExOne, Fracktal Works Private Limited, General Electric (GE), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Höganäs AB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materialise, Merck KGaA, Optomec, Inc., Organovo Holdings, Inc., Proto Labs, and Stratasys are some of the leading key players operating in the military 4D Printing market

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Military 4D Printing Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2030-2040