$3.4 Bn Markets for 3D Printing in Eyewear, 2019-2027 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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Additive manufacturing in the eyewear industry to grow into an overall $3.4 billion opportunity by 2028, driven by rapid expansion of final parts production.

As more consumer products continue to explore the benefits of 3D printing for mass customization and digital mass production, the researcher is presenting the first ever in depth-analysis of additive manufacturing in the eyewear segment.

The eyewear segment stands to benefit from AM's potential in mass customization and product personalization as much as other consumer product segments seen as key for AM adoption such as footwear. This report analyzes the key trends and stakeholders that are driving the eyewear mass customization revolution as well as the elements that are limiting AM adoption.

Leveraging its knowledge of 3D printing processes and unique database of global AM materials and hardware sales, the analyses explores the key applications for AM in the eyewear industry, including both current and upcoming relevant case studies, as well as probable future developments. One primary objective of this report is to highlight the most relevant business opportunities that lie ahead for companies that are invested in the AM industry, including materials, hardware and service providers.

The other primary goal is to provide eyewear industry stakeholders with an accurate description of all currently existing AM technologies, materials and services (including 3D capturing and online customization software) that could offer a powerful competitive advantage as eyewear users demand increasing customization options. While final part production is a major focus area for the medium and long term, the report also analyses other current uses of AM in the eyewear industry, such as advanced and desktop prototyping, tooling and investment casting.

From the Report:

  • The single most significant segment in eyewear AM is final parts production, which is expected to grow into a $1.9 billion opportunity in a segment that will be worth $3.4 billion overall by 2028.
  • The key technologies used in eyewear 3D printing are material jetting for highest level prototyping and powder bed fusion for final part production. Vat photopolymerization is also used today mostly for lost wax casting processes (and some part production) while filament extrusion is used for basic desktop prototyping and some end-use internal parts.
  • According to available data, the overall existing industry for ophthalmic eyewear generates revenues of more than $100 billion a year This industry is growing in several ways with mass customization an important trend. Users increasingly expect to be able to purchase eyewear products that are tailor made for them.
  • The 3D printed eyewear segment is expected to be a relatively small part of all 3D printed consumer products, both in terms of materials and hardware demand, due to the relatively small size of the parts being printed. At the same time, it is also one of the very first segments (together with footwear and some design products) that has already made significant strides toward end-use part production with additive technologies.
  • The primary material used in all polymer powder bed fusion technologies for eyewear manufacturing is nylon 12 (PA122) which is the most widely used materials for this type of processes for any application. Some 3D printed eyewear manufacturers have developed special finishing processes to deliver a smoother surface finish and more vibrant color, while reducing the materials porosity.

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter One: Eyewear as a Key 3D-printed Consumer Product Category

1.1 The Global Eyewear Industry and Trends
1.1.1 Setting the Backdrop: a $120-$200 Million Business
1.1.2 Defining Eyewear
1.1.3 Future Trends in the Eyewear Sector
1.2 Key Drivers for Adoption of AM in Eyewear Manufacturing
1.3 Factors Limiting Adoption of AM in Eyewear Manufacturing
1.4 The AM Market for Eyewear vs. Other 3D Printable Consumer Products
1.4.1 AM Hardware for Eyewear Production
1.4.2 AM Materials for Eyewear Production
1.5 Global Trends in 3D Printed Eyewear
1.5.1 Europe Exploring Eyewear Innovation First
1.5.2 AM Activities and Exploration by Eyewear Giants
1.6 Technologies and Materials for 3D Printed Eyewear
1.6.1 Technologies for 3D Printing Frames
1.6.2 Materials for 3D Printing Frames
1.6.3 Eyewear Personalization Hardware and Software
1.6.4 Printed Lens Technologies and Materials
1.7 Ten-year Global Market Outlook for 3D Printed Eyewear
1.7.1 Ten-year Forecast for AM-Industry-Specific Segments within the Eyewear Industry
1.7.2 Ten-year Forecast for All AM-Related Revenues Within the Eyewear Industry
1.8 Methodology
1.9 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Two: AM Hardware, Materials and Bureaus at the Eyewear Industry's Service
2.1 Eyewear 3D Printing Hardware
2.1.1 Powder Bed Fusion
2.1.2 Material Jetting
2.1.3 Photopolymerization
2.1.4 Filament Extrusion
2.1.5 Metal AM Technologies: PBF and Binder Jetting
2.1.6 Ten-year AM Hardware Forecast in the Eyewear Industry
2.2 AM Materials for Eyewear Production
2.2.1 Powders: Nylon and composites
2.2.2 Photopolymers
2.2.3 Filaments
2.2.4 Metals
2.2.5 Ten-year Forecast for All AM Materials in the Eyewear Industry
2.3 AM Services for Eyewear Designers
2.3.1 A Key Application for the Application Agnostics
2.4 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Three: Facial 3D Capturing/Scanning Hardware and Design Software on the Road to Mass Customization of Eyewear Products

3.1 3D Scanning Technologies and 3D Capturing Hardware/Software
3.1.1 The Yuniku (Hoya-Materialise) Eyewear 3D Scanner and Software
3.1.2 The 3D Mirror from Sfered and Fuel3D
3.1.3 3D Scanning Software and Apps
3.2 Design Software and Apps
3.2.1 For You (by You)
3.3 The Transition to Mass Customized Eyewear
3.3.1 Ten-year Forecast of Revenues from Digitalization and Design Software in the Eyewear Customization
3.4 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Four: 3D Printing Applications for the Eyewear Industry

4.1 Adding Additive Manufacturing at Luxottica
4.1.1 The Eyewear Mass Customization Workflow
4.1.2 Different Approaches to Eyewear 3D Printing
4.2 3D Printing Applications for Eyewear
4.2.1 Ten-year Forecast of All Printed Parts in the End-to-end Eyewear Production Cycle
4.2.2 Ten-year Forecast of All Parts Printed by Filament Extrusion
4.2.3 Ten-year Forecast of All Parts Printed by Powder Bed Fusion
4.2.4 Ten-year Forecast of All Parts Printed by Photopolymerization
4.2.5 Ten-year Forecast of All Parts Printed by Material Jetting
4.3 Prototypes
4.4 Tools and Cast Patterns (Indirect Production)
4.5 Final Parts (Direct Production)
4.5.1 Geographic Distribution of 3D-printed Eyewear Final Parts and End-use Products
4.6 Key Points from this Chapter

Companies Mentioned

  • Carbon
  • DWS
  • EOS
  • Formlabs
  • Fuel 3D
  • Glasses USA; Hoet
  • Hoya
  • HP
  • Luxexcel
  • Luxottica
  • Materialise
  • Mykita
  • Protos
  • Safilo
  • Sculpteo
  • Seiko
  • Sfered
  • Sisma
  • Specsy

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