Top Technologies in Advanced Manufacturing and Automation, 2017

Metal 3D Printing and Robotics Drive Opportunities in Multiple Industries

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The technology and innovation research report covers the top 10 Advanced Manufacturing and Automation technologies that will have highest impact in the near-to medium-term. Key technologies in the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation cluster were evaluated to arrive at the top 10 technologies for 2017. The technologies were selected after critical evaluation of an exhaustive list of technologies using TechVision's proprietary selection methodology. The research service assesses technologies from various aspects such as nature of disruption, key technology drivers, market potential, patents, funding, applications and megatrends impacted.

The top 10 technologies covered in this research service are Robotic Exoskeletons, Metal 3D printing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Nano 3D printing, Collaborative Industrial Robots, Friction Stir Welding/Solid State Joining, Magnetic Levitation (Maglev), Composite 3D printing, Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing and Agile Robots.

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope1.2 Top 50 Technologies – Selection Methodology1.3 Trends in the Manufacturing Industry1.4 Key Findings1.4 Key Findings (continued)2.0 Technology Deep Dive Robotic Exoskeletons2.1 R&D Efforts are Geared toward Integrating Artificial and Human Intelligence with Exoskeletons2.2 Improvements in Functionality, Physical Strength, and Integration Drive Innovations2.3 Military, Healthcare, and Manufacturing are Key Attractive Markets2.4 Key Innovators3.0 Metal 3D Printing3.1 Developments in Inks, Materials, and Equipment Can Propel Adoption3.2 China Leads in Patent Publications Followed by the US3.3 Increased Growth with Developments in Aerospace and Healthcare Markets3.4 Key Innovators4.0 Computer Integrated Manufacturing4.1 North America Continues to Lead the CIM Market, Followed by European Region with the Potential to Gain Market Share4.2 US Emerges as a Hotspot for CIM and Majority of the Funding is Focused Toward Developing User-friendly Software Platforms4.3 Automotive, Aerospace, and Industrial are High Impact Sectors 4.4 Companies to Watch5.0 Nano 3D Printing5.1 Nano 3D Printing Enables Miniaturization and Reduces Scrap Rate5.2 High Funding Observed in Europe with Nanomaterials and Nanostructures as Key Focus Areas5.3 Consumer Electronics is a Major Market Driving Growth5.4 Companies to Watch6.0 Collaborative Industrial Robots6.1 Safety, Collaboration, and Economical Factors Drive the Developments in Cobots6.2 North America Leads the Patent Filing Trend6.3 Healthcare and Aerospace Will Become Promising Markets in the Future 6.4 Companies to Action7.0 Friction Stir Welding7.1 Improved Functionalities and Eco-friendly attribute Driving Growth Opportunities7.2 High Investments are attributed to Welding Institutes7.3 Automotive, Aerospace, Railways, and Ship Building are Key Trending Markets7.4 Companies to Watch in the FSW Space8.0 Magnetic Levitation8.1 Reduced Carbon Footprint, Enhanced Efficiency, and Improved Reliability are key attractive aspects8.2 Government Funding in APAC Region is Very High8.3 Transportation is the Main Market for Maglev8.4 Companies to Action9.0 Multi Material 3D Printing9.1 Multi-material 3D Printing Reduces Operational Costs9.2 Increased Funding Observed from the Public Sector and Government9.3 High Impact on Industrial and Electronics Sectors9.4 Companies to Watch10.0 Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing10.1 Low Manufacturing Cost and Continuous Mass Production of Flexible Devices Drive Market Growth10.2 North America Leads in IP Trends and Funding Support from Government Encourages Technology Development10.3 Need for Rapid Production Drives Adoption in the Consumer Electronics, Automotive, and Energy Sectors10.4 Research University and Companies to Watch11.0 Agile Robots11.1 Improved Efficiency and Reduced Downtime Favoring Advancement11.2 US Leads the World in Advancements of Agile Robots11.3 Military and Defense and Homeland Security are High Impact Sectors11.4 Research Institutes across the Globe Exploring the Potential of Agile Robots12.0 The Frost & Sullivan Story12.1 The Frost & Sullivan Story12.2 Value Proposition: Future of Your Company & Career12.3 Global Perspective12.4 Industry Convergence12.5 360º Research Perspective12.6 Implementation Excellence12.7 Our Blue Ocean Strategy




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