3D Printed Wearables Hold the Promise to Unlock the Future of Bespoke Fashion, Says FMI

Aug 13,2019 | Retail and Consumer Products

The global 3D printed wearables market, valued at approximately US$ 3 Bn in 2018, will maintain its steady course, according to a new study by Future Market Insights (FMI). According to the study, the 3D printed wearables industry remains influenced by manufacturers’ focus on partnerships with technology providers to eliminate traditional limitations for design innovations.

Sensing the potential and consumer demand for 3D printed wearables, manufacturers have introduced a wide range of products – from footwear and clothes to jewelry and sports accessories. The report finds that 3D printed footwear will remain the top-selling category, accounting for one-fourth market share. 3D printing is expected to be the future of bespoke fashion, making mass customization mainstream, while optimizing use of resources.

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3D printing holds significant potential in enhancing product developments in the wearables industry, enabling manufacturers to create prototypes and establish a proof of concept. Although high initial cost of 3D printers does remain a key concern, the low cost of operations and the convenience element are expected to offer long-term benefits for manufacturers. 

According to the study, the footwear industry has taken the lead in the adoption of 3D printing technology, with product offerings that range from shoes to insoles with personalized design. This trend of custom-made solutions in the footwear industry is likely to encourage companies to improve their processes and realize measurable returns on their investment.

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The role of 3D printing in revolutionizing the manufacturing process as a whole while enabling mass production of customized products, is expected to complement future growth of the 3D printed wearables market.

Stakeholders Vying for Untapped Opportunities in the Medical Sector

This study opines that the scope of 3D printing technology is extensive in the field of medical wearables, and has created opportunities hitherto unforeseen in surgical and medical fields. Research in this sector has been inclined towards making living tattoos that act as sensors, to making viable organs that could revolutionize the transplantation process and printing bacteria for potential applications in the medical field.

The convenience of providing the accessibility of information to consumers, and tracking and monitoring their healthcare needs, is one of the leading aspects governing the attraction toward and adoption of medical wearables. This has led to a better understanding of conditions, for greater control over the end result. Even as the functionality of wearables increases, growing security risk is expected to be a major concern holding back the rate of progress in the field.

The study finds that 3D printed wearable manufacturers will benefit from of new solutions that feature mixed material printing. Key players in the market are partnering with engineers, mathematicians and architects for creating high-end 3D printed wearables for the future, which would feature added functionalities and improved accessibility to a wider array of data. As more wearable manufacturers turn to 3D printing for accelerated production and waste reduction, gains in the market are expected to surge at a significant pace in the foreseeable future.

According to the study, Europe and North America remain lucrative markets for 3D printed wearables, collectively accounting for ~70% shares. This can be attributed to a notable rise in the number of wearable startups, along with focus of key players on shifting their portfolio from fundamental wearables to smarter products with higher degrees of functionality.

The study offers a long-term forecast for the 3D printed wearables market for the period between 2019 and 2029. The 3D printed wearable market is projected to record a ~9% CAGR through 2029.

About FMI

Future Market Insights (FMI) is the premier provider of market intelligence and consulting services, serving clients in over 150 countries. FMI is headquartered in London, the global financial capital, and has delivery centres in the U.S. and India. FMI’s research and consulting services help businesses around the globe navigate the challenges in a rapidly evolving marketplace, with confidence and clarity. Our customized and syndicated market research reports deliver actionable insights that drive sustainable growth. We continuously track emerging trends and events in a broad range of end industries to ensure that our clients prepare for the evolving needs of their consumers.

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