Microscale 3D printing, also known as desktop 3D bioprinting, allows fabrication of microscopic tissue and organ models. It utilizes nanoscale materials and produces structures measuring only microns in size. Microscale 3D printing holds potential for advancement in fields such as pharmaceutical research, medical devices development, and regenerative medicine. Products enabled by microscale 3D printing include skin substitutes, liver models and heart valves. The adoption of microscale 3D printing has increased in recent years due to advantages it offers over conventional 3D printing such as capability to produce structures measuring only a few human cells in size.
The global microscale 3D printing market is estimated to be valued at US$ 20.65 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 8.2% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Increased adoption in healthcare: The increased adoption of microscale 3D printing across healthcare applications is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. The ability to print biomimetic tissue constructs and patient-specific implantable devices at microscale has simplified drug development, medical research and customized treatments. Moreover, it has potential applications in development of artificial skin, bone and cartilage grafts for transplantation.
Customizable tissue engineering: Microscale 3D printing allows fabrication of tissues and organs of any shape, size or cellular composition according to specific medical need. Researchers can create disease-mimicking human micro-tissue models for drug testing and development. The capability to print customizable tissues relevant for transplant has boosted the adoption of microscale 3D printing across pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine sectors.
The global microscale 3D printing market can be segmented into material, technology, application, industry vertical, and region. Based on material, photopolymers dominate the market due to their increasing use in various applications including medical wearables, implants, prosthetics, and consumer goods. Photopolymers offer benefits such as superior print resolution, and surface finish.
Political: Governments across the world are supporting the adoption of microscale 3D printing through funding in R&D projects. For instance, the governments of US, South Korea, and China are investing heavily in developing advanced microscale 3D printing technologies.
Economic: The declining prices of 3D printers and materials is boosting the adoption of microscale 3D printing across various industry verticals. Further, microscale 3D printing helps reduce manufacturing costs by eliminating tooling, machining, and labor costs.
Social: Rising awareness about benefits of personalized medical treatment and growing focus on customized products are propelling the demand for microscale 3D printing. Additionally, the increasing preference for on-demand and localized manufacturing is driving its adoption.
Technological: Vendors are focusing on developing additive manufacturing techniques that enable microscale printing. Advancements in nanotechnology, hydrogel bio-printing, microfluidics, and multi-material capabilities are extending the applications of microscale 3D printing.
The Global Microscale 3D Printing Market Size is expected to witness high growth driven by increasing R&D in the healthcare sector.
Regional analysis: North America accounts for the largest share of the global microscale 3D printing market due to substantial government investments and growing trend of localized manufacturing to cater to customer needs. Within medical applications, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine offer immense opportunities.
Key players: Key players operating in the Microscale 3D Printing market are Beckman Coulter, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Bioporto Diagnostics A/S, Astute Medical, Inc., Randox Laboratories, Sphingo Tec GmbH, Siemens Healthineers AG, Eli Lilly and Company, and Novartis AG. Beckman Coulter, Inc. is one of the leading players offering innovative microscale 3D bioprinting solutions for healthcare and life sciences applications.