In this report, we will provide an overview of the major use cases for 3D printing technologies applied in manufacturing industries. For this overview we will look into the manufacturers’ value chains, give our maturity assessment for various manufacturing sub-segments, and provide our evaluation of the speed of adoption of 3D printing technologies for these sub-segments. In this report, we will not be looking into the technological aspects of 3D printing techniques, though we of course acknowledge that the adoption of 3D printing technology in manufacturing will strongly depend on how fast the related technologies advance – for example, technologies that relate to speed, quality and other properties such as the size of printing chambers or multi-material printing capabilities.



Use cases and examples in manufacturing

  • R&D and engineering
  • Production
  • Service and after-sales

Maturity and speed of adoption in manufacturing by sub-sectors

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronics & high tech
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical industry

Challenges and outlook

Considerations for manufacturing CxOs

  • Considerations for the lines of business (LoBs)
  • Considerations for the CIO organization (IT)

PAC’s recommendations