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SmarTech Publishing: Revenues from 3D Printing in Dentistry will reach $3.7 Billion by 2021

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Charlottesville, Virginia:  SmarTech Publishing has just published a new 140-page report showing where the money will be made in 3D-printed dentistry and identifying winners and losers in this segment.  This new report assesses the revenues from 3D printers and related software, materials and services sold to the dentistry sector in 2016 will reach $1.6 billion but says that such revenues will grow to $3.7 billion by 2021.

In 2015, SmarTech Publishing introduced the first ever industry analysis report on 3D printing in the dental sector.  Since then, and as we predicted, 3D printing in dentistry has exploded. Some of the world’s largest dental solutions providers now market their own specialized 3D printers.  Meanwhile, low-cost 3DP technologies have begun to catch the attention of dental laboratories and individual dentists, bringing 3D printing ever closer to the dental patient.

We believe that this new report – 3D Printing in Dentistry 2016:  A Ten-Year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis – will become essential reading for all marketing and business development executives designing strategic responses to the emerging opportunities in 3D printed dentistry.

About the report:

This report is based on an extensive interview program and therefore offers the reader a true insider perspective.  Included in this comprehensive report are the following:

  • Ten-year market forecasts of the hardware, materials, software, and services used in 3D-printed dentistry, as well as projection of 3D printed dental parts shipped.   These are provided in both volume and value terms and are based on SmarTech Publishing’s proprietary models of the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector and 3D printed dentistry in particular.  These forecasts take into consideration the latest trends in 3D-printed dentistry such as the use of low-cost printers to the latest application developments – for example, directly printed clear aligners to ultra-realistic fully printed dentures.
  • Strategic assessments and market share data for the leading players in the 3D-printed space.  Also includes are 2015 market shares for hardware sales by printer technology category along with a detailed hardware selling price analysis.  More generally, the report covers the role of both minor and major vendors in 3DP dental.  Firms discussed in this report include: 3D Systems, 3M, 3Shape, Asiga, Autodesk, BEGO, Cadent, Carbon, Carestream, Carima, Cerhum, Cisma, Concept Laser, D4D Technologies, DeltaMed, Densys, Dental Wings, Dentis, Dimensional Photonics, DWS, E-Dent, EnvisionTEC, EOS, ExOne, Formlabs, IOS Technologies, MEDIT, MiiCraft, NewPro 3D, NextDent, Park Dental Research, Prodways, Rapid Shape, Realizer, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, Sirona, Stratasys, Structo, Valplast, VeroGlaze, Vertex Dental, Xjet, Z3DLab and Zimmer
  • A unique “Comprehensive Guide to Dental 3D Printing Hardware,” providing the most complete evaluation of available printers, materials, and other 3D printing products that specifically target the dental industry.  This Guide will enable the reader compare existing dental printing solutions.  The report also includes a new 3D printing software analysis for the dental sector. This includes application specific dental workflow software, 3D scanning tools, and laboratory production management software.

This report is the most extensive exploration of where the opportunities will be found in additive manufactured dental products in the next decade.

From the report:

  • The value of dental products that are additively manufactured will amount to $3.5 billion in 2021, with the largest amount of revenues being derived from PFM crown substructures, dental models and surgical guides. However, the current 3D solutions have only begun to scratch the surface.  Other areas of considerable opportunity include high-realism dentures, directly printed clear dental aligners and obstructive sleep apnea oral appliances
  • Approximately, 9,500 printers will be shipped for dental applications in 2021.  These shipments will be dominated by photopolymerization printers with most of the rest being material jetting machines.  SmarTech Publishing has recently increased its forecasts for printer shipments in 3D-printed dentistry noting that the increasing use of low-cost printers in the dental space.  Today the average cost of a dental printer in 2016 is around $90,000, but this is expected to fall to $79,000 by 2021.  In-office dental 3D printing may become significant over the next decade thanks to the availability of numerous sub $5,000 systems that are beginning to prove capable in areas such as the printing of surgical guides, clear aligner forming tools, and models.
  • In 2021, sales of materials for 3D-printed dentistry will amount to about $310 million, with 80 percent of those revenues being generated by photopolymers and the rest coming overwhelmingly from metal powders
  • The established dental care model involves outsourcing the majority of fabrication of restorations to a laboratory.  In 2021, services will clock up $2.7 billion especially in Europe where 3D printing for dental applications seems to be especially flourishing in advanced applications. Larger labs or dental solution providers that have invested in equipment (and typically developed their own 3D-printed dental solutions) will provide print services to other labs that want to begin offering the benefits of 3D-printed dentistry to their customers but don’t have the means to acquire printing equipment or develop unique printed dental solutions.
  • By 2021, sales of software into the 3D printed dentistry sector will reach almost $150 million with most of those revenues coming from dental specific design software.  The software market has already been revolutionized by major dental CAD/CAM providers, which have been the first to develop fully functional application-specific workflows for the creation of a number of dental models and devices using 3D printing. The dental industry is a leading example in 3DP of integration of application-specific workflow tools that incorporate elements of print preparation, machine control, and production management tools into one streamlined workflow.

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If interested in receiving a quote or purchasing this report, please contact [email protected]

About SmarTech Publishing:

Since 2013 SmarTech Publishing has published reports on most of the important revenue opportunities in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector and is considered the leading industry analyst firm providing coverage of this sector.

Our company has a client roster that includes the largest 3D printer firms, materials firms and investors.  We have also published reports on most of the important revenue opportunities in the 3D printing sector including personal printers, low-volume manufacturing, 3D printing materials, medical/dental applications, aerospace and other promising 3D market segments.

Lawrence Gasman
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About SmarTech Analysis

Since 2013 SmarTech Analysis has published reports on all the important revenue opportunities in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector and is considered the leading industry analyst firm providing coverage of this sector. Our company has a client roster that includes the largest 3D printer firms, materials firms and investors in the 3DP/AM sector.

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