A three-pronged approach was followed for deducing the 3D printing construction market estimates and forecasts. The process has three steps: information procurement, analysis, and validation. The whole process is cyclical, and steps repeat until the estimates are validated. The three steps are explained in detail below:
Information procurement: Information procurement is one of the most extensive and important stages in our research process, and quality data is critical for accurate analysis. We followed a multi-channel data collection process for 3D printing construction market to gather the most reliable and current information possible.
Analysis: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilized different methods of 3D printing construction market data depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.
Market Research Efforts: Bottom-up Approach for estimating and forecasting demand size and opportunity, top-down Approach for new product forecasting and penetration, and combined approach of both Bottom-up and Top-down for full coverage analysis.
Value-Chain-Based Sizing & Forecasting: Supply-side estimates for understanding potential revenue through competitive benchmarking, forecasting, and penetration modeling.
Demand-side estimates for identifying parent and ancillary markets, segment modeling, and heuristic forecasting.
Qualitative Functional Deployment (QFD) Modelling for market share assessment.
Market formulation and validation: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilize different methods of data analysis depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.
Market Formulation: This step involves the finalization of market numbers. This step on an internal level is designed to manage outputs from the Data Analysis step.
Data Normalization: The final market estimates and forecasts are then aligned and sent to industry experts, in-panel quality control managers for validation.
This step also entails the finalization of the report scope and data representation pattern.
Validation: The process entails multiple levels of validation. All these steps run in parallel, and the study is forwarded for publishing only if all three levels render validated results.
The 3D printing construction market was categorized into four segments, namely construction method (Extrusion, Powder Bonding), material type (Concrete, Metal, Composite), end-user (Building, Infrastructure), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa).
The 3D printing construction market was segmented into construction method, material type, end-user, and region. The demand at a segment level was deduced using a funnel method. Concepts like the TAM, SAM, SOM, etc., were put into practice to understand the demand. We at GVR deploy three methods to deduce market estimates and determine forecasts. These methods are explained below:
Demand estimation of each product across countries/regions summed up to from the total market.
Variable analysis for demand forecast.
Demand estimation via analyzing paid database, and company financials either via annual reports or paid database.
Primary interviews for data revalidation and insight collection.
Used extensively for new product forecasting or analyzing penetration levels.
Tool used invoice product flow and penetration models Use of regression multi-variant analysis for forecasting Involves extensive use of paid and public databases.
Primary interviews and vendor-based primary research for variable impact analysis.
The 3D printing construction market was analyzed at a regional level. The globe was divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa, keeping in focus variables like consumption patterns, export-import regulations, consumer expectations, etc. These regions were further divided into eleven countries, namely, the U.S.; Canada; Mexico; the UK; Germany; France; China; South Korea; Japan; Brazil; Saudi Arabia/KSA.
All three above-mentioned market research methodologies were applied to arrive at regional-level conclusions. The regions were then summed up to form the global market.
The 3D printing construction market was analyzed via companies operating in the sector. Analyzing these companies and cross-referencing them to the demand equation helped us validate our assumptions and conclusions. Key market players analyzed include:
COBOD International A/S - COBOD International A/S is a global leader in the development, manufacturing, and servicing of robotic 3D printers for construction sites. The company has a global presence in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the U.S. In 2017, COBOD International A/S printed its first 3D building in Europe, named "Building On Demand (BOD)," using its BOD 3D printer, which uses 3D printing technology. The company later launched the BOD2 3D robotic printer, an improved and updated version of the BOD 3D printer. The BOD2 3D robotic printer uses a gantry system and a robotic arm system. The gantry system is used to print buildings for larger constructions on-site, while the robotic arm system is used to print smaller elements with certain complexities and details. COBOD International A/S produces these BOD2 3D printers in large numbers and distributes them worldwide. The company has supplied the largest BOD2 3D printer to Saudi Arabia, capable of printing 3-story buildings of an area more than 300 square meters per story. Additionally, the company is significantly engaged in research and development activities related to printing technologies, construction methods, and materials. COBOD International A/S has a diverse range of customers for its 3D construction printers, including German Peri Group, Belgian Kamp, Danish Technical University, and Saudi Arabian Elite for Construction and Development.
Yingchuang Building Technique(Shanghai)Co. Ltd. (WinSun) - Yingchuang Building Technique (Shanghai) Co.Ltd.(Winsun) is a leading player in 3D printing architecture. The company specializes in providing 3D printing architecture and production of building raw materials used in 3D construction printing. The company holds around 325 national patents and is one of the most preferred suppliers for the top 500 real estate business projects. The company is primarily located in Asia Pacific (China) and is further expanding its operation in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. The company’s product offerings include 3D printing architecture and raw materials such as Crazy Magic Stone, Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC) , Special Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum Board (GRG), and Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP). These raw materials are used in 3D printing technology in the construction sector. The 3D printing architecture is used to construct building structures by utilizing construction materials. 3D printing architecture provides printing of the building by machine equipment with special printing ink. The company develops SRC for customizing building constructions. It is used in internal as well as external parts of the building. GRG is mainly used for the internal decoration of the buildings and FRP is used in landscape, furniture, and functional products. In addition to this, the company focuses on the decoration and construction of large buildings such as conference halls, stadiums, theatres, hotels, industrial parks, and high-end clubs. More than 400 national buildings use the company’s products, such as Shanghai Expo Center, National Grand Theatre, Phoenix media Beijing building, and Dubai government office building.
XtreeE - XtreeE is a leading company in the field of large-scale 3D printing technology for construction. The company offers a range of solutions, from design to production, that meet all construction automation and customization needs. XtreeE’s service offerings include architectural and technical design assistance, prototyping and production of 3D elements, parametric design and optimization, R&D on new printable materials, and certification and integration of connected 3D printing systems for manufacturing concrete. The company targets three different sectors with 3D construction printing through three separate services, namely XtreeE - Access, XtreeE- Core, and XtreeE platform. XtreeE- Access helps customers discover and quantify the benefits and costs of employing 3D printing technology. XtreeE - Core provides rental services related to large-scale 3D printers, while XtreeE platform enables supervision of projects that use large-scale 3D printers. XtreeE also develops hardware and software elements for 3D printing systems to effectively drive the 3D printing robots with the support of its partners, including LaFarge-Holcim, ABB, and Dassault systems. The company has a global presence in Asia Pacific (China) and is expanding its operations in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. XtreeE has deployed 12 3D printing units globally and has demonstrated the viability of its technology through more than 40 projects, ranging from architectural elements, infrastructure, and interior and exterior furniture. The company’s "printing-as-a-service" platform provides customers with a catalog of certified products, including small standardized construction elements with high replicability and complex parts such as bridge segments and beam nodes. XtreeE’s digital assistance tools for architectural design and 3D printing parts allow manufacturers and designers to develop their projects with sustainable and dynamic support from the XtreeE team.
Apis Co - Apis Cor is a company at the forefront of the construction industry, specializing in the development of mobile 3D printers for building construction. The company has a notable presence in the U.S. and Russia. Its 3D printing system comprises a mobile 3D printer, construction software, a control program, a mobile-automated concrete mix and supply unit (MAU), and a dry mixture silo. Apis Cor’s largest 3D printed two-story building for Dubai Municipality, with a height of 9.5 meters and an area of around 640 square meters, stands as a testament to the company’s innovative capabilities. The company’s 3D printer is fully automatic and requires only two persons to operate the control system and supply the required material. It can be installed on a surface with an elevation level of less than 10 cm and uses extrusion technology to print building elements. Apis Cor’s key business partners include PIK Group Company (Russia), Sunconomy (U.S.), Samsung Electronics (South Korea), Geobeton LLC (Russia), and Bitex – German Technology (Germany). The company’s houses are built according to International Building Codes and are designed and successfully tested to be 3x faster than traditional construction processes. Additionally, Apis Cor’s proprietary concrete material is 33% stronger than concrete block material. The company’s 3D printing system is available for purchase online, offering a turnkey solution for building wall structures of entire houses directly on-site and without extra assembly.
WASP S.r.I - WASP S.r.I. is a company that provides 3D printing technology with additive and natural materials to WASP S.r.I. is a prominent company that is revolutionizing the construction industry through its innovative 3D printing technology. The company is dedicated to providing 3D printing solutions using additive and natural materials to construct affordable houses. WASP has developed a range of 3D printers for various categories, including houses, art, energy, digital fabrication, health, and food. The company’s focus on encouraging in-house production and sustainable development is evident in its commitment to developing 3D printers that utilize sand, water, and clay to create essentials for agriculture. WASP’s 3D printer offerings include the Delta WASP 2040, Delta WASP 40100 Clay, Delta WASP 2040 INDUSTRIAL X, DELTA WASP 4070 INDUSTRIAL X, Delta WASP 3MT Industrial 4.0, Delta WASP 3MT CONCRETE, and Crane WASP. These printers are widely used in the architecture sector, with the Delta WASP 3MT CONCRETE and Crane WASP being particularly notable. The revenue generated from the sales of WASP 3D printers is invested in integrated projects aimed at creating 3D printed structures. The Delta WASP 3MT, for instance, is manufactured in a metal housing with strong steel belts and equipped with special panels to work safely. It provides features such as a continuous feeding system and real-time pressure control, and it can be managed from a tablet, smartphone, or PC. The Crane WASP 3D printer, also known as the Infinity 3D printer, is capable of printing 6.6 meters in diameter with a height of three meters. Multiple WASP cranes working together can provide larger prints in minimal time, thereby saving resources. WASP has also worked on projects such as printing a global circular house, called TECLA, in Italy, created entirely from reusable and recyclable local terrain soil using multiple 3D Crane WASP printers. The company’s commitment to sustainable and innovative construction solutions positions it as a key player in the rapidly evolving 3D printing for construction market.
CyBe Construction - CyBe Construction is a leading company that provides 3D printing technology and solutions to make 3D concrete printing accessible to all customers in the construction industry. The company has received numerous international and local awards for its in-house developed technologies. CyBe Construction offers services such as design & engineering, 3D printing, general contracting, and training & education services. The company provides 3D printers such as the CyBe RC 3Dp and CyBe R 3Dp for construction printing applications. The CyBe RC 3Dp is a mobile printer that is generally used in precast factories and construction companies. The CyBe R 3Dp is a fixed printer that is generally used for universities, research institutes, and suppliers engaged in in-house testing, precast production, and prototyping. The company also provides CyBe MORTAR, a material used for 3D printing technology, and CyBe CHYSEL software, a slicing software used for generating a path from digital models. CyBe Construction operates on a global scale with customers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The company’s focus on sustainable and affordable development in the construction industry positions it as a key player in the 3D printing for construction market.
Sika AG - Sika AG is a global specialty chemicals company that produces and develops products and systems for bonding, sealing, protecting, and sound damping in the construction and automotive sectors. The company operates through two business segments, namely industrial manufacturing and construction sector, and caters to the industrial, marine, and automobile markets. Sika AG’s 3D printing technology is ready for industrialization and projects and partnerships with leading industries and universities. It provides complete support from technical design, CAD, and material supplies through its Sika-formulated ink technology. The company offers automation with extrusion and pulse process control through the Sika Mini shot system and Sika ViscoCrete technology, which permits control of concrete behavior. Sika has developed a multi-component system for 3D concrete printing including material supply, mixing technology, print head, gantry system, and software control. The company has a range of compatible products to enhance and improve the entire 3D concrete printing project, including concrete admixtures, filling, grouting, and colorings. Sika has a strong business presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
MX3D - MX3D is a leading company that develops technologies and solutions to enable 3D metal printing for clients across the construction industry. The company has over 40 years of experience and has introduced the robotic Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) technology to make 3D metal printing faster and cheaper. The WAAM software allows engineers, companies, and designers to print end-to-end metal structures in-house. MX3D provides services such as Metal XL, M1 metal systems, Print on demand, and Research. Metal XL is a software that provides complete design to print in one process. M1 metal systems print 3D large and medium metal parts in-house, providing a cost-effective solution to customers. The M1 metal systems consist of an 8-axis robotic arm with WAAM technology, which provides greater flexibility in 3D metal printing. The company also conducts continuous research and experiments with leading universities to develop 3D metal printing technology. MX3D’s 3D printing technology is capable of printing metal structures of any size and shape and caters to industries such as manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, art, and design. The company has installed an MX3D stainless steel bridge in Amsterdam, which is 12 m long and fully functional with greater strength and sustainability.
Contour Crafting Corporation - Contour Crafting Corporation is a pioneering company that has developed and commercialized large-scale 3D printing technologies, particularly Contour Crafting, in partnership with European Construction technology. The company’s founder and president, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, has been a key figure in the development of this technology. Contour Crafting is a revolutionary 3D printing method that enables the rapid construction of buildings using specially designed robotic systems and 3D CAD designs. The company operates through three segments: Building Construction, Infrastructure, and Space Applications. The Building Construction segment focuses on printing commercial buildings, housing, and government buildings using Contour Crafting technology. The Infrastructure segment involves constructing slabs, foundations, pylons, and bridges, while the Space Application segment is dedicated to building on Mars and the Moon. Contour Crafting’s 3D printing technology is capable of printing metal structures of any size and shape, making it a valuable tool for low-income building plans or emergency construction needed for areas affected by floods and earthquakes. The company has over 100 U.S. and other international patents for several aspects of Contour Crafting and other technologies. Contour Crafting’s innovative approach has the potential to significantly impact the construction industry, offering a cost-effective and efficient solution for building construction.
ICON Technology, Inc - ICON Technology, Inc. is a company that specializes in developing advanced 3D printing technologies for the construction industry. The company provides sustainable homes in developing countries and for inhabitants in off-space. ICON’s 3D printing technology is provided through the Vulcan 3D printing systems, which can construct a single-story home at a faster rate with reduced wastage of resources. The company also provides Magma Mix Master, which provides a concrete material called Lavacrete to feed the Vulcan printers for 3D printing. ICON has sold around two dozen 3D printed structures and homes in the U.S. and Mexico. The company has developed projects such as House Zero, 3D printed Rocket launch pad with NASA, Multi-Home houses in North America, Project Olympus to develop 3D construction systems with the help of NASA for further exploration on the Moon, and Community First Village project developed especially for the people who have suffered from homelessness. ICON’s wall system exceeded strength requirements by more than 350%, and the company’s homes are designed to withstand extreme weather and resist water, mold, termites, and fire. The company’s 3D printing technology is capable of printing metal structures of any size and shape, and it provides complete support from technical design, CAD, and material supplies through its Sika-formulated ink technology.
Supply Side Estimates
Company revenue estimation via referring to annual reports, investor presentations, and Hoover’s.
Segment revenue determination via variable analysis and penetration modeling.
Competitive benchmarking to identify market leaders and their collective revenue shares.
Forecasting via analyzing commercialization rates, pipelines, market initiatives, distribution networks, etc.
Demand side estimates
Identifying parent markets and ancillary markets
Segment penetration analysis to obtain pertinent
Heuristic forecasting with the help of subject matter experts
Forecasting via variable analysis
Understanding market dynamics (in terms of drivers, restraints, & opportunities) in the countries.
Understanding trends & variables in the individual countries & their impact on growth and using analytical tools to provide high-level insights into the market dynamics and the associated growth pattern.
Understanding market estimates and forecasts (with the base year as 2022, historic information from 2017 to 2021, and forecast from 2023 to 2030). Regional estimates & forecasts for each category are available and are summed up to form the global market estimates.
The report provides market value for the base year 2022 and a yearly forecast till 2030 in terms of revenue/volume or both. The market for each of the segment outlooks has been provided on region & country basis for the above-mentioned forecast period.
The key industry dynamics, major technological trends, and application markets are evaluated to understand their impact on the demand for the forecast period. The growth rates were estimated using correlation, regression, and time-series analysis.
We have used the bottom-up approach for market sizing, analyzing key regional markets, dynamics, & trends for various products and end-users. The total market has been estimated by integrating the country markets.
All market estimates and forecasts have been validated through primary interviews with the key industry participants.
Inflation has not been accounted for to estimate and forecast the market.
Numbers may not add up due to rounding off.
Europe consists of EU-8, Central & Eastern Europe, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Asia Pacific includes South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand).
Latin America includes Central American countries and the South American continent
Middle East includes Western Asia (as assigned by the UN Statistics Division) and the African continent.
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