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4D Printing Market Research Report - Segmentation By Material (Programmable Carbon Fiber, Programmable Wood - Custom Printed Wood Grain, Programmable Textiles), End User (Aerospace, Automotive, Clothing, Construction, Defense, Healthcare & Utility) & Geography - Trends & Forecasts to 2021 - 2026

Pulished: April, 2021
ID: 10270
Pages: 150

4D Printing Market Size (2021-2026)

The global 4D printing market was valued at USD 87.02 million in 2020 and is predicted to reach USD 537 million in 2026, with a CAGR of 42.57% over the conjecture period 2021-2026.

4D printing is an additive manufacturing technology that enables nanoscale manipulation and programming during the production process to ultimately create products designed to fit your environment.

4D printing is an advanced process used to print customizable smart materials in which an object is 3D printed using a programmable material. 4D printing allows material objects to adjust their appearance or shape over time through the use of external or internal stimuli, such as a change in temperature or immersion in water subjected to an electric current, pressure, ultraviolet light or other forms of energy. This technology advances the shape production process beyond 3D printing, resulting in additional design flexibility that can lead to the introduction of new product types to adapt their functionality to the environment. This study shows that 4D printing is revolutionizing printing technology.

When external energy sources such as pressure, heat, power, etc., come in contact with this intelligent 3D printed material, it is modified according to the program instructions above. In this way, 4D printing technology allows printed objects to self-transform over time.

Technological advances in 4D printing are reflected in the development of technologies in the defense and medical sector. For example, to minimize the procedures involved in performing surgery, physicians use 4D printing to place self-transforming components on the patient's body.

Also, in military applications, 4D printing is more important. Soldiers can have camouflage that can adapt to different environments and metals. This increases the performance of tanks and trucks, depending on the changes in the environment. Due to its advantages in the production of weapons, machines and other defense technologies, the military is increasingly exploring 4D printing.

Market growth and trends

Increased demand for Industry 4.0 and emergence of Industry 5.0 to boost the 4D printing market

  • Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, is part of Industry 4.0. Lately, many fundraising activities have led to the development of this technology. For example, in January 2019, Essentium, a 3D printing company, raised $ 22 million in a Series A, led by Materialize and Genesis Park.
  • Additive manufacturing technology is still developing rapidly, so companies have realized that "manufacturing as a service" is a smart approach. Additionally, the future of additive manufacturing is the ability to produce customized products at lower cost, less energy consumption, and less material waste, which is exactly what Industry 5.0 has to offer.
  • Industry 5.0 will encourage 4-D printing by helping you focus on the design process rather than the manufacturing process. Design freedom will lead to the creation of more personalized and personalized products.
  • Industry 5.0 is expected to push the boundaries of physics in design. For example, in the creation of next-generation aircraft, there is a limitation in manufacturing capabilities with respect to Industry 4.0. In contrast, with Industry 5.0, the manufacturing process would be better automated, as humans will primarily focus on designing the aircraft.

Market Drivers and Restraints

The increasing need to reduce manufacturing and processing costs is one of the main factors that is predicted to accelerate the growth of the global 4D printing market in the coming years. Also, the increasing emphasis on promoting environmental sustainability is likely to accelerate market growth in the near future.

On the other hand, the increasing insecurity for policy makers, the high cost of development and the growing problems with the entry of players are some of the factors that are expected to hold back the development of the 3D printing market in the near future. Additionally, growing intellectual property rights issues and potential security risks are another major factor that is expected to slow market growth. Nonetheless, growing opportunities for major players are expected to drive market growth in the coming years.

Market Segmentation

4D Printing Market - By Material

  • Programmable Carbon Fiber
  • Programmable Wood - Custom Printed Wood Grain
  • Programmable Textiles

4D Printing Market - By End-User

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Apparel
  • Construction
  • Defense and Military
  • Healthcare
  • Utilities

Regional Analysis:

Geographically, the global 4D printing market is segmented on the basis of following regions:

  1. North America
  2. Europe
  3. Asia-Pacific
  4. Rest of the World

Of these, North America is holding the dominant share and likely to account for significant portion in the coming years.

In December 2018, US-based Autodesk launched ADAPT, an additive manufacturing consortium that identifies visionary research, scalable educational platforms, actionable strategic insights, and the academic industry ecosystem as the foundation of its platform.

EnvisionTEC in Michigan is a leading manufacturer and distributor of proprietary rapid prototyping and 3D manufacturing solutions for global organizations. With its strong presence in the automotive, aerospace and medical sectors, the company aims to introduce 4D printed prototypes in the future.

Key market players

The main players in the global 4D printing market are Stratasys Ltd. (USA), 3D Systems Corporation (USA), Autodesk, Inc. (USA), Hewlett Packard Corp. (USA), ExOne Co. (United States), Organovo Holdings, Inc. (United States), Materialize NV (Belgium) and Dassault Systèmes SA (France).

Recent Developments

  • April 2019 - Beginning of 3D printing, Fast Radius raised US $ 48 million to expand its printing and application engineering capabilities.
  • January 2019: Autodesk created a new generative design software that can work directly with HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers. The Design-to-Print for Additive Manufacturing workflow has been designed specifically for HP 3D printers to optimize the conversion from digital design to physical design. In addition to working with HP, the company is also working with GE Additive to create an integrated workflow for GE's 3D printer, which will then lead to the advancement of 4D printing techniques.

Impact of Covid-19 on 4D printing market:

With the outbreak of Covid-19 industries, healthcare in particular will use more advanced technology to manufacture and meet the requirements of various medical devices and equipment. For example, Leitat Technology Center designed the fan by integrating 3D technologies and incorporating other parts that are on the market. Assembly is very fast, so currently around 100 fans can be produced per day.

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Scope of the report                

                1.3 Study Assumptions                 

                1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Analysis Design                         

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Data Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Study Timeline                          

3. Report Overview                                        

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferencees                       

4. Market Dynamics                                       

                4.1 Impact Analysis                         

                                4.1.1 Drivers      

                                4.1.2 Restaints  

                                4.1.3 Opportunities        

                4.2 Regulatory Environment                       

                4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends                            

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis                                    

                5.1 Key Player Benchmarking                     

                                5.1.1 Market share analysis        

                                5.1.2 Products/Service  

                                5.1.3 Regional Presence               

                5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape                      

                5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations                        

6. Market Segmentation                                              

                6.1 4D Printing Market, By Material                         

                                6.1.1 Programmable Carbon Fiber           

                                6.1.2 Programmable Wood - Custom Printed Wood Grain

                                6.1.3 Programmable Textiles      

                                6.1.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)

                                6.1.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.1.6 Market Attractiveness Index          

                6.2 4D Printing Market, By End-User                       

                                6.2.1 Aerospace               

                                6.2.2 Automotive            

                                6.2.3 Clothing    

                                6.2.4 Construction          

                                6.2.5 Defense   

                                6.2.6 Healthcare              

                                6.2.7 Utility        

                                6.2.8 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)

                                6.2.9 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.2.10 Market Attractiveness Index        

7. Geographical Landscape                                         

                7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region

                7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2021-2026)

                                7.2.1 By Country              



                                7.2.2 By Material             

                                7.2.3 By End-User           

                7.3 Europe                         

                                7.3.1 By Country              






                                       Rest of Europe

                                7.3.2 By Material             

                                7.3.3 By End-User           

                7.4 Asia Pacific                  

                                7.4.1 By Country              




                                       South Korea

                                       South East Asia

                                       Australia & NZ

                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                7.4.2 By Material             

                                7.4.3 By End-User           

                7.5 Latin America                             

                                7.5.1 By Country              




                                       Rest of Latin America

                                7.5.2 By Material             

                                7.5.3 By End-User           

                7.6 Middle East and Africa                           

                                7.6.1 By Country              

                                       Middle East


                                7.6.2 By Material             

                                7.6.3 By End-User           

8. Key Player Analysis                                    

                8.1 Stratasys Ltd                              

                                8.1.1 Business Description           

                                8.1.2 Products/Service  

                                8.1.3 Financials 

                                8.1.4 SWOT Analysis       

                                8.1.5 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.6 Analyst Overview 

                8.2 3D Systems Corporation                       

                8.3 Autodesk, Inc                            

                8.4 Hewlett Packard Corp                            

                8.5 ExOne Co                    

                8.6 Organovo Holdings, Inc                         

                8.7 Materialize NV                          

                8.8 Dassault Systèmes SA                            

9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities                                


                List of Tables                     

                List of Figures                   

  • Global, regional and country-level analysis and forecasts of the study market; providing Insights on the major countries/regions in which this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped
  • Segment-level analysis in terms of Material, End-User along with market size forecasts and estimations to detect key areas of industry growth in detail
  • Identification of key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges (DROC) in the market and their impact on shifting market dynamics
  • Study of the effect of exogenous and endogenous factors that affect the global market; which includes broadly demographic, economics, and political, among other macro-environmental factors presented in an extensive PESTLE Analysis
  • Study the microenvironment factors that determine the overall profitability of an Industry, using Porter’s five forces analysis for analysing the level of competition and business strategy development
  • A comprehensive list of key market players along with their product portfolio, current strategic interests, key financial information, legal issues, SWOT analysis and analyst overview to study and sustain the market environment
  • Competitive landscape analysis listing out the mergers, acquisitions, collaborations in the field along with new product launches, comparative financial studies and recent developments in the market by the major companies
  • An executive summary, abridging the entire report in such a way that decision-making personnel can rapidly become acquainted with background information, concise analysis and main conclusions
  • Expertly devised analyst overview along with Investment opportunities to provide both individuals and organizations a strong financial foothold in the market.
  1. Global 4D Printing Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  2. Global 4D Printing Market By Material, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  3. Global Programmable Carbon Fiber Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  4. Global Programmable Wood - Custom Printed Wood Grain Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  5. Global Programmable Textiles Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  6. Global 4D Printing Market By End-User, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  7. Global Aerospace Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  8. Global Automotive Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  9. Global Clothing Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  10. Global Construction Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  11. Global Defense Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  12. Global Healthcare Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  13. Global Utility Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

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