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Oct 2017 - IDC FutureScape - Doc # US43152717

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide 3D Printing 2018 Predictions

Table of Contents

IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide 3D Printing 2018 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2021, a Chinese-Based Vendor Will Have Become One of the Top 5 3D Printing Global Market Share Leaders in the Industrial Segment as a Result of a Vendor Acquisition Made to Satisfy Increasing Demand from Chinese Manufacturers

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 2: By 2021, 20% of Manufacturers Will Have Begun to Evaluate Robotics–3D Printer Hybrids for the Production Floor

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IT Impact

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Prediction 3: By 2021, 10% of Discrete Manufacturers Will Start to Incorporate 4D Printing Via the Use of Smart Materials to Produce Intelligent Parts Capable of Adapting and Reacting to Environmental Conditions

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Prediction 4: By 2021, 3D Printing Intellectual Property Concerns Will Have Lessened, as up to 50% of Commercially Used 3D Printers Will Include a Monitoring Application to Prevent Illegal and Unauthorized Printing

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IT Impact

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Prediction 5: By 2019, 25% of Prosthetic 3D Printing Will Be Operationally Managed Using a Secure Blockchain, Enabling Secure Patient-Specific Data Sharing, Tightly Controlled Prosthetic Production and Distribution, and Reduced Process-Related Liabilities

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Prediction 6: By 2019, the Demand for 3D Printing Skills and the Transition from Prototyping to Production Drives 40% of G2000 Manufacturers to Expand Their Own Digital Training Programs and Digital Cooperatives

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IT Impact

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Prediction 7: By 2020, More than 30% of Companies Using 3D Printers Will Rely on 3D Print Management Software to Secure, Monitor, and Manage Their 3D Printers as They Would Other IT Assets

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Prediction 8: By 2020, New High-Performance Materials Will Be Used With 3D Printing Jetting Systems to Produce Up to 30% of the Short-Term Replacement Parts Required to Support Operations in Remote Locations

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Prediction 9: By 2021, 25% of Manufacturers Will Have Adopted a 3D Printing Collaborative Platform Within Their Supply Chain to Better Leverage the Broader Ecosystem of 3D Printing Services

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Prediction 10: By 2020, Enabled by Rapid Changes in 3D Printing Economics, All Top 10 Manufacturers in the Dental, Eyewear, Footwear, and Orthotics Industries Will Have Embraced 3D Printing for Mass Customization

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

Accelerating DX: Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society

Pace of Change: Technology Capabilities Enable Sustainable Change at the Speed of Digital Business

DX Delta: Leaders and Disruptors Widen Performance Gap

Human Versus Machine: The Impact of AI and Automation

Empowering the Material World: Revolutionized Processes Expand Technology Reach

Shifting Economics: Changing Value Structures and the Rise of Digital Capital

The Future Workforce: Global Demand for Digital Talent

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