• Introduction

    3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).

    The term additive manufacturing refers to technologies that create objects through sequential layering. Objects that are manufactured additively can be used anywhere throughout the product life cycle, from pre-production (i.e. rapid prototyping) to full-scale production (i.e. rapid manufacturing), in addition to tooling applications and post-production customization.

    The 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

    Points covered:

    • Overview of top companies involved in 3D printing and their publication trend
    • Focus on the technologies, materials for 3D printing
    • Trends for different applications of 3D printing and their patent activity
    • Analyzing key companies within 3D printing

    Technical Segmentation (Patent Categories)

    Technologies
    • Ballistic Layer Manufacturing
    • Cladding
    • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
    • Contour Crafting
    • Digital Light Processing
    • Direct Laser Forming
    • Direct Manufacturing
    • Direct Metal Deposition
    • Direct Metal Laser Sintering
    • Direct Shell Production Casting
    • Electron Beam Melting
    • Electron Beam Projection Lithography
    • Electrophoretic Deposition
    • Fused Deposition Modeling
    • Inkjet Deposition
    • Laminated Object Manufacturing
    • Laser Ablation
    • Laser Engineered Net Shaping
    • Laser Metal Forming
    • Laser Powder Forming
    • LaserCusing
    • Microfabrication
    • Multi-Jet Modeling
    • Multiphoton Lithography
    • Photolithography
    • Plaster-based 3D printing
    • Robocasting
    • Selective Fusing
    • Selective Laser Melting
    • Selective Laser Sintering
    • Solid Ground Curing
    • Spin Casting
    • Stereolithography

    Materials

    • ABS Plastic
    • Alkyd
    • Aluminium
    • Carbon Fiber
    • Ceramic
    • Clay
    • Elastomers
    • Epoxy
    • Fiberglass
    • Furan
    • High-density Polyethylene
    • Melamine
    • Methacrylic
    • Nickel
    • Nylon
    • PEEK
    • Palladium
    • Paper
    • Phenolic
    • Photopolymers
    • Plastic
    • Poly paraphenylene terephthalamide
    • Polyamide
    • Polyamideimide
    • Polycarbonate
    • Polyetherimide
    • Polyethylene
    • Polyethylene Terephthalate
    • Polyimide
    • Polylactic Acid
    • Polyolefin
    • Polyphenylsulfone
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyvinyl Acetate
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
    • Polyvinylidene Chloride
    • RTV Silicon
    • Rubber
    • Silver
    • Stainless Steel
    • Steel
    • Thermoplastic
    • Thermoset
    • Titanium
    • Wax

    Applications

    • Aerospace
    • Aircraft
    • Automobiles
    • Clothing
    • Construction
    • Defense
    • Food Industry
    • Furniture
    • Jewellery
    • Mechanical
    • Medical
    • PCB
    • Phones
    • Prosthesis
    • Robotics
    • Scaffolding
    • Shoes
    • Television
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Tooling
    • Toys
    • Watches

    Publication Trend

    What has been the publication trend for 3D printing?

    3d printing publications have emerged from 1990 with the real surge in the activity around this technology has happened in the last 5 years.

    It’s clear the current activity around these technologies is likely to continue seeing more innovation in the near future.

    Publication Trend_3D Printing
    Publication Trend

    Top Players

    The top organizations are:

    1. 3D SYSTEMS INC
    2. STRATASYS INC
    3. MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECHNOLOGY
    4. HEWLETT-PACKARD CO
    5. HITACHI CHEM CO LTD
    6. MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC
    7. THERICS INC
    8. MATERIALSE NV
    9. OBJET LTD
    10. PANASONIC CORP

    11. IBM CORP
    12. THE BOEING CO
    13. MIMAKI ENGG CO LTD
    14. 3SHAPE A/S
    15. DAINIPPON PRINTING CO LTD
    16. EXONE CO
    17. FUJIFILM CORP
    18. 3M CO
    19. SIEMENS AG
    20. XEROX CORP

    Research activity around world

    In terms of regional pockets where patent protection is being sought most frequently for these technologies, US leads the count, followed by the JP and CN. The table below ranks top priority countries and helps provide an indication of where innovation in this area is originating:

    Priority Map_3_D_printing
    Priority Map

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  • Table of Contents
    Introduction…….. 3
    Patent Search Strategy…….. 4
    Technical Segmentation (Patent Categories)……. 6
    Publication Trend……… 8
    Top Players…….. 9
    Research activity around world…….. 11
    Companies – Key Statistics……. 12
    Inventor – Key Statistics……… 17
    Company activity across technologies………. 20
    Company activity across materials……… 21
    Company activity across applications……. 22
    3D printing – Materials vs Technologies…. 23
    3D printing – Materials vs Applications…. 24
    Landscape for technologies used for 3D printing…… 26
    Inventor groups of key companies in 3D printing…… 27
    Key 3D printing companies across different technologies……. 28
    Portfolio analysis for key 3D printing companies…… 29
    3D Systems: Publication Trend……. 29
    Applications:…. 29
    Materials:…… 30
    Stratasys Inc: Publication Trend……… 30
    Applications:….. 31
    Materials:….. 31
    Materialise NV: Publication Trend……. 32
    Applications:…….. 32
    Materials:……. 33
    Portfolio Citation Analysis…. 34
    Assignee Breakup of 3D SYSTEMS forward citations (single generation)…….. 34
    Assignee Breakup of STRATASYS INC’S forward citations (single generation)……. 35
    Assignee Breakup of EXONE forward citations (single generation)…… 36
    Appendix: Search Strings Used for Categorization…… 38
    Summary…… 42
    Sources & References…….. 44

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