4D Printing Market Size To Hit Around USD 1,971.4 Mn By 2030

Published Date : 13 Dec 2022

The global 4D printing market size was exhibited at USD 126.82 million in 2022 and it is projected to hit around USD 1971.4 million by 2030, expanding growth at a CAGR of 40.91% over the forecast period 2022 to 2030.

4D Printing Market 2022 To 2030

An increase in the recent developments of the $d printing market which is an upgradation of the 3D system will help to provide greater accuracy with a superior experience as compared to the experience obtained by traditionally used technologies. The technology encourages the creation of materials that can alter their behavior and characteristics in response to external factors, including temperature, pressure, and other variables.

4D Printing Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Size In 2022 USD 126.82 Million 
Market Size By 2030 USD 1,971.4 Million
Growth Rate from 2022 to 2030 CAGR of 40.91%
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030
Segments Covered By Material, By End User
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa

Report Highlights

  • On the basis of the material type, the programmable carbon fiber segment had the largest revenue share in recent years and it is expected to grow well during the forecast period. The qualities of the programmable carbon fiber are tensile strength, high stiffness, and a lightweight dress. These factors make this material suitable for many industrial applications.
  • On the basis of the end-user aerospace and defense segment will register a larger market growth during the forecast period. Developments in the defense sector due to the use of this technology are doing well due to the benefits offered by this technology. New technologies are developed by the US army Research Center which will help in providing uniforms to the soldiers. These uniforms will be able to change color or camouflage while traveling and it also effectively defend the toxic gases.

Regional Snapshots

The market size in Asia Pacific is estimated to register a noticeably rapid revenue growth rate within the forecast period pertaining to the growing usage of 4D printing applications in the automotive industry. Growing demand for smart technology vehicles in economically strong nations is driving the market for this technology. The 4D printing market in North America is estimated to account for the biggest revenue share as compared to other regional markets during the forecast period. Increasing emphasis on technological advancements and the rising adoption of additive production is propelling market growth in the U.S.

Market Dynamics


4D printing technology is foreseen to be revolutionary as it supplies end-users or customers with better efficiency, quality, and performance through manufacturing procedures. Rising demand from software solution suppliers and hardware manufacturers pertaining to technological advancements is estimated to drive the 4D printing market revenue growth.

For example, doctors use 4D printing, which is applicable to the printing of tissues. Here the mechanical properties vary dynamically. Soldiers might be able to use camouflaged outfits that adapt to numerous environments and metals. This enhances the performance of tanks and trucks in sync with environmental changes. 


The growth in the insecurity of the policymakers as a result of the advanced technology that is not being commercialized, the increase in the development costs, and issues in relation to the intellectual rights of the property are the major restraints of the 4D printing market development.

However, the rising opportunities for the major key players is estimated to subdue the factors and thus can support the advancing 4D printing market industry growth over the forecast period.


The military is experimenting with 4D printing pertaining to the advantages in producing weaponry, machines, and other associated technologies.

The quality of 4D printed objects to self-transform permits efficient use of limited resources as the printed components react to external stimuli, thus resulting in easier after-use disposal. Growing focus on guaranteeing a sustainable environment is estimated to drive the deployment of more eco-friendly medical options and this is a factor foreseen to support market revenue growth during the timeline period. Industries have started implementing these strategies with a view to develop long-term products.

Researchers are mainly focusing on 4D printing materials, majorly at the microscopic level. Shape memory alloy-based technologies are being introduced, in which an alteration in the temperature makes the shape of an object to alter. Latest technologies also encourage the use of electroactive polymers, smart materials, pressurized fluids, and chemicals for numerous applications.


The advanced technology that is used in 4D printing is primarily a structural design that involves software section and hardware section. This can be looked at as the primary challenge in the 4D printing market. In order to formulate a design for the hardware section, there are multiple special measures essential which need to be addressed. These multiple factors prove to be a challenge for the 4D printing market during the forecast period.

Recent Developments

In January 2019, for HP’s 3D printers to present the transformation of digital design into physical units, the design-to-print model for additive supply was designed. GE Additive is another sector with whom the company is working with other than HP. The company is formulating an integrated system for GE 3D printers in the long run. 

Key Players in the Report

  • Stratasys Ltd
  • ExOne Corporation
  • Organovo Holdings, Inc.
  • 3D Systems Inc
  • Autodesk, Inc
  • Hewlett Packard Corp.
  • Materialise NV
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
  • Norsk Titanium US Inc
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.
  • Engineering & Manufacturing Services Inc
  • Heineken NV

Market Segmentation

By Material

  • Programmable Carbon Fiber
  • Programmable Wood - Custom Printed Wood Grain
  • Programmable Textile
  • Programmable Bio Material

By End User

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Clothing
  • Healthcare
  • Utility
  • Others

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