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4D Printing Market Research Report Information By Material (Programmable Carbon Fiber, Programmable Textile, Programmable Bio Material, and Others), By End User (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Healthcare, and Others), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And The Rest Of The World) – Industry Size, Share and Forecast Till 2032

ID: MRFR/SEM/1999-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Ankit Gupta| April 2024

Global 4D Printing Market Overview

4D Printing Market Size was valued at USD 0.05 Billion in 2022. The 4D Printing market industry is projected to grow from USD 0.07 Billion in 2023 to USD 1.25 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43.10% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). Increased demand for resource management and its applications in various sections are the key market drivers enhancing the growth market. 

4D Printing Market

Source: The Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

4D Printing Market Trends

  • Growing demand for resource management is driving the market growth

Market CAGR for 4D printing is being driven by the rising demand for resource management. The 4D technology helps in allowing the end users to print things which are capable of reshaping or self-assemble over a period of time is anticipated to be a positive attribute for sectors like robotics, construction of buildings, furniture, and all these applications of 4D printing shall boost the market growth. The utilization of 4D printing assisted in minimizing the processing and production costs as there is intense competition among the major market players.

The technology utilized in 4D printing is the same as in 3D printing. It offers reduced marketing time, less amount of inventory, and minimum requirement of capital. The 4D technology offers access to the customers for the utilization of restricted materials for different purposes. It also assists in developing materials that have the ability to change behavior patterns and properties depending on the external stimulus. These materials react to changes in pressure, climatic conditions, and temperature. These advanced features will offer great opportunities for the growth market in the coming years. The advancements in 4D printing technology are increasing the development of different technologies in the defense sections and also medical sections. In the medical section, it is used for the printing of tissues that have very different mechanical properties. As the implants enter the body of the patient, the components, self transforms to minimize the number of procedures needed during the surgery.

In the military, the soldiers are capable of wearing camouflage which helps them to adapt to different environments and different metals. The researchers are emphasizing 4D printing materials mainly at the microscopic level. There is novel development that can the memory alloy depending on technology in which there is a change in the shape of an object with the change in temperature. The technology is considered to be revolutionary printing technology as it provides the end users and the customers with intensified quality, enhanced abilities, and better efficiency of performance via the utilization of these manufacturing techniques. The rising demand for hardware manufacturers and software solutions suppliers due to technological advancements will boost the 4D printing market growth throughout the forecast period. Thus, driving the 4D Printing market revenue.

4D Printing Market Segment Insights

4D Printing Type Insights

The 4D Printing market segmentation, based on type, includes Programmable Carbon Fiber, Programmable Textile, Programmable Bio Material, and Others. The programmable carbon fiber segment dominates the market, accounting for the largest market revenue because of the properties like lightweight, tensile strength, and high stiffness making it suitable for utilization in a broad range of industries. The material gets altered comfortably by the printing material, which is on flexible carbon fiber and is activated on heating.

4D Printing End User Insights

The 4D Printing market segmentation, based on end users, includes Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Healthcare, and Others. The aerospace and defense segment dominates the market. The utilization of space memory techniques in 4D printing helps in forming a self-deploying structure that is extremely useful in the aerospace section. There are several developments taking place in the defense section; these technological developments will provide materials capable of repairing and self-replicate in reaction to environmental conditions. Further, the healthcare segment is also anticipated to witness growth. The innovative techniques to find out ways to perform improved organ transplantation techniques are designed to enhance biocompatibility and proved to be the crucial driving factor for the market growth.

Figure 1: 4D Printing Market by End User, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion) 

4D Printing Market by End User, 2022 & 2032

Source: The Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

4D Printing Regional Insights

By region, the study offers market insights into the North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The North American 4D Printing market area dominates the market due to the rising emphasis and awareness of technological advancements, and the growing adoption of additive manufacturing is generating a great demand which is boosting the market growth in the North American region. Additionally, there are rising investments that focus on developing 4D materials with the capability to adapt to different environmental conditions.

Further, the prime countries studied in the market report are the US, Canada, France, the UK, German, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, China, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source: The Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

Europe's 4D Printing market is expected to grow at the rapid CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is due to technological advancements and the growing importance of new product development in the region. Further, the German 4D Printing market held the largest market share, and the UK 4D Printing market was the rapid-growing market in the region of Europe.

The Asia-Pacific 4D Printing Market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the growing utilization of 4D printing in the automotive industry and rising demand for automobiles in developing as well as developed countries. Moreover, China’s 4D Printing market held the largest market share, and the Indian 4D Printing market was the rapid-growing market in the region of Asia-Pacific.

4D Printing Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market participants are investing heavily in research and development for expanding their product lines, which will help the 4D Printing market grow even more. Market players are also undertaking various strategic activities to spread their footprint, with important market developments inclusive of new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, contractual agreements, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To spread and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the 4D Printing industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to lessen the operational costs is one of the key business tactics utilized by manufacturers in the 4D Printing industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the 4D Printing industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to the printing industry. Major players in the 4D Printing market, including Organovo Holdings Inc., BICO, Stratasys Ltd., Materialise NV, Autodesk Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, CT Core Technology Group, EnvisionTEC Inc., ExOne Corporation, Norsk Titanium US Inc, and others, are trying to increase market demand by making investments in research and development operations.

Materialise, founded in 1990, and headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, is a technology company providing additive manufacturing software and 3D printing solutions. The products of the company include the factory for 3D printing, solutions for machine developers, rapid fit, surgical solutions for orthopedic surgeons, software for additive manufacturing, biomedical engineering software, and others. The company offers novelty in biomedical research. The company caters to medical professionals, engineering professionals, and consumers. In November 2020, Materialise announced the launch of its 3D printing solutions and initiatives in order to fuel productivity and develop serial additive manufacturing. Along with the help of several new capabilities integrated into the new version of Materialise Magics, users can expand their 3D printing operations and also the 4D operations by accelerating the build preparation process.

Stratasys Ltd. is an American-Israeli manufacturer of 3D printers, software, material for polymer additive manufacturing, and also 3D printed parts on customer requirements. The engineers utilize the Stratasys system for modeling complex geometries in a broad range of polymer materials, including; polyethylene, ABS, polycarbonate, polyetherimide, and Nylon 12. The company produces in-office prototyping and direct digital manufacturing systems for aerospace, automotive, industrial, electronic, medical, and consumer products OEMs. In December 2022, Stratasys Ltd. and 3Shape introduced a novel automated color 3D printing workflow using 3Shape's Dental System software and the Stratasys J5 DentaJet 3D printer. This will allow the users of Stratasys's 3D printer to manufacture highly precise, full-color, customized dental models by using 4D printing.

Key Companies in the 4D Printing market includes

  • Organovo Holdings Inc.

  • BICO

  • Stratasys Ltd.

  • Materialise NV

  • Autodesk Inc.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

  • CT Core Technology Group

  • EnvisionTEC Inc.

  • ExOne Corporation

  • Norsk Titanium US Inc

4D Printing Industry Developments

March 2022: Organovo Holdings Inc. and BICO announced their agreement to grant BICO and its affiliated businesses a broad license to the 3D bioprinting core patent portfolio of Organovo.

August 2022: MIT announced that its researchers had designed a technology for 3D printing constituents with adjustable mechanical properties, which senses the way they are moving and working together with the surroundings. These dynamic structures were created by academics using only one material and a single run on a 3D printer.

February 2021: Newest creation of Hydroxycut, CUT Energy, a delectable clean energy drink, was released. This powerful mix was precisely formulated for exercise enthusiasts, regular energy drink consumers, and dieters looking to lose weight.

4D Printing Market Segmentation

4D Printing Material Outlook

  • Programmable Carbon Fiber

  • Programmable Textile

  • Programmable Bio Material

  • Others

4D Printing End User Outlook

  • Aerospace & Defense

  • Automotive

  • Healthcare

  • Others

4D Printing Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 0.05 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 0.07 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 1.25 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 43.10% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, The Market Competitive Landscape, Trends, and Growth Factors
Segments Covered Material, End User, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and The Rest of the World
Countries Covered The UK, US, German, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, China, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Organovo Holdings Inc., BICO, Stratasys Ltd., Materialise NV, Autodesk Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, CT Core Technology Group, EnvisionTEC Inc., ExOne Corporation, Norsk Titanium US Inc  
Key Market Opportunities 4D printing technology allows users to use restricted materials for several purposes.
Key Market Dynamics Increase demand for resource management.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The 4D printing market Size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 43.10%, with a valuation of USD 1.25 Billion by 2032

Stratasys Ltd. (U.S), Hewlett Packard Corp. (U.S.), 3D Systems Corporation (U.S.), ExOne Co. (U.S.), Autodesk, Inc. (U.S.), Organovo Holdings, Inc. (U.S.), Materialise NV (Belgium), Dassault Systèmes SA (France)

2023 and 2032 are the 4D printing markets’ growth duration as per the analysis.

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