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4D Printing Healthcare Market Analysis

ID: MRFR//7158-HCR | 150 Pages | Author: Kinjoll Dey| April 2024

The 4D Printing in Healthcare market is characterized by dynamic factors propelled by technological innovations, transformative applications, and the potential to revolutionize patient care. Understanding these market dynamics is essential for stakeholders engaged in the development, manufacturing, and integration of 4D printing technologies within the healthcare sector. Continuous technological innovations occurring in 4D printing constitute one of the major factors that dictate market dynamics. This new manufacturing methodology applications the materials which have ability to react and change overtime due to the stimulation of the environment. These improvements enable the creation of shape-changing structures with dynamic performance applied in medical practices.
The market forces greatly depend on the ability of 4D printing to customize patient specifics in health sector. This technology enables individualized personalized implants, prosthetics or medical devices whose performance can be changed with the need of a patient and guarantee the best treatment result.
Biocompatible materials are currently researched for the longest momentum leading to 4D printing market dynamics. Understanding the materials that are compatible with the body is paramount in the process of manufacturing medical devices that can be implanted conveniently into the body without causing any adverse reactions thus promoting safety and efficacy.
In turn, the dynamics market is also supported by 4d printing, advanced surgical preparation and training is possible with the help of the 4D printing. 4D printing creates dynamically patient-specific models that can provide the basis for practicing complicated procedures; hence increasing accuracy and minimizing surgical complications.
The market dynamics can be seen as cost savings and scalability of 4D printing processes. With the maturation of the technology, the activities are focused on optimizing the manufacturing processes and the cost reduction coupled with the scalability for mass production of the 4D-printed medical devices which makes it accessible to a large population of patients.
Market dynamics indicate an increasingly prominent focus on eco sustainability in 4D printing. The quest for environmentally sound materials and sustainable manufacturing techniques reflect the general shift in emerging research within the domain of healthcare where environmental responsibilities play a vital and indisputable part.
The market dynamics acknowledge challenges in material research for 4D printing. Developing materials with the right combination of flexibility, durability, and biocompatibility remains a focus, and overcoming these challenges is pivotal for the continued growth and acceptance of 4D printing in healthcare.

4D Printing in Healthcare Market Overview

The 4D Printing in Healthcare Market is expected to reach USD 7465.89 Million by 2030 at 25.10% CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2030.

In the past decade, there has been increasing use of 3D printing in the field of healthcare. The introduction of 4D printing and its shape-changing material property in the field of dentistry, implants, and prosthetics, among others will further enhance the 3D products used for these applications. The shape-changing property of the material used for 4D printing has been one of the major factors influencing the growth of the 4D printing in healthcare market.

Moreover, factors such as increasing research and development, rising investment by chemical companies. These chemical companies are keen on grabbing the opportunity for the development of smart materials in 4D printing, which in turn is directly enhancing the growth of the 4D printing in healthcare market.

Factors such as stringent regulatory policies for the approval of 4D printing medical devices and limited skilled professionals have been major challenges for 4D printing in healthcare market.  

Market Drivers

  • Increasing application of 4D printing in healthcare verticals such as dentistry, implants, and prosthetics.

  • The dental industry is one of the major applications of 4D printing. Clear aligners have been the most manufactured products via 3D printing in the dental industry.

  • Align technology, the leader in global clear aligners market, accounts for about 80% of the 4D printing in healthcare market. The company uses 3D Systems to produce over 1.6 million custom aligners per week.

  • Clear aligners can further be enhanced using 4D printing, as these products require shape altering properties according to the changing structure of the teeth on a weekly basis.

  • 4D printers are also used to manufacture various dental implants, including dental implants, dentures, crowns, & bridges, among others.

  • Increasing prevalence of dental diseases is further influencing the growth of the market. According to the MRFR research study in 2018, it was estimated that oral diseases affected more than 3.7 billion individuals that are around half of the world’s population.

Rising research and development

  • A research team from the US in March 2019, invented a new bio-ink that allows to print catalytically active live cells into several self-sustaining 3D geometries. These properties include tunable cell densities, fine filament thickness, and high catalytic productivity.

Growing investment by chemical companies

  • Various companies such as BASF Venture Capital GmbH and Evonik Venture Capital have invested in Chinese 3D printing companies

Market Challenges

  • Stringent regulatory policies for the approval of 4D printing medical devices

  • Limited skilled professionals

4d Printing In Healthcare Market Segmentation

By Component

  • Software & Services: Software and services accounted for the major market share in 2018. 3D printers have already been installed in numerous healthcare facilities across the globe. However, these machines would require updated software and also various services for the manufacturing of 4D products.

  • Smart Material: Smart Material segment is expected to grow at the fastest growth rate due to continuous advancements for the materials in 4D printing. Investment by chemical companies for the development of smart material is further influencing the 4D printing in healthcare  market growth.

By Technology

  • Fused Deposition Modeling: Accounted for the largest market share due to its wide choice of raw materials and cost-effective process

  • Direct Inkjet Cure: Expected to grow at the fastest growth rate majorly due to its dimensional accuracy, multi-material, and full-color printing properties

By Application

  • Dental: accounted for the largest market share owing to the use of 4D printing for manufacturing of wide dental products including clear aligners, implants, and dentures among others

  • Prosthetics: Expected to grow at the fastest 4D printing in healthcare market growth rate due to increasing number of prosthetic procedures, accidental injuries, and sports injuries among others

By End-User

  • Hospitals & Surgical Centers: Accounted for the leading 4D printing in healthcare  market share owing to the increasing number of hospital & surgical centers. According to a study published by the American Hospital Association, there were 5,534 registered hospitals in the US in 2017.

  • Dental Clinics & Laboratories(Offices):Use of 4D printing in dental clinics & laboratories, brings less complexity to existing procedures. Dental laboratories use 4D printing technologies that allow them to increase competitiveness and production, thus driving the growth of this segment.

4d Printing In Healthcare Market By Region

  • Americas:The Americas spearheaded the 4D printing in healthcare market in 2018 and is likely to continue to command during the assessment period. This is attributed to the existence of a large number of medical device companies, increasing research and development, and the presence of a large number of noticeable players engaged in manufacturing of 4D printing devices and software

  • Europe: Reported for the second-largest share owing to increasing utilization of 3D & 4D printing in the field of healthcare. According to a study conducted in 2018, it was found that 65% of healthcare providers are implementing new printing technologies for medical products using custom made materials

  • Asia-Pacific: The highest growth rate is attributed to the growing investment by government bodies and private & public companies. For instance, in November 2018, BASF Venture Capital GmbH invested in Chinese 3D printing company Prismlab.

4d Printing In Healthcare Market Key Development

  • In January 2019, Dentsply Sirona and Carbon announced a strategic collaboration to revolutionize digital denture materials. This strategic collaboration was announced to deliver denture materials for carbon digital 3D printing production solutions.

4d Printing In Healthcare Market Key Players

  • Stratasys Ltd (US)

  • 3D Systems, Inc (US)

  • EnvisionTEC (Germany)

  • Poietis

  • (France) 

  • Organovo Holdings Inc. (US)

  • Materialise NV (Belgium)

  • Dassault Systèmes (France)

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