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3D Printing Service Platform: Patent, Business Opportunity, and Brand Strength Analysis

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Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute

Published Date : Dec 2016

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No. of Pages : 36 Pages

Since the technical barrier is relatively high for consumers to produce 3D printable files on their own, a 3D printing service platform has been developed to provide 3D printable files and contract manufacturing service which have lured an array of players in the 3D printing industry including hardware manufacturers, agents and distributors, software developers, and IT service providers. Furthermore, online retailers are also investing into the development and operation of 3D printing service platforms. This report provides an overview of a 3D printing service platform technologies and thorough patent data mining results that reflect major vendors' patent deployment status and technology readiness; examines the strategic planning and challenges of leading 3D printing companies such as Shapeways, MakerBot, and Autodesk. Also included are the insights about market opportunities of the 3D printing service platform for newcomers.

Table of Contents

1.Overview of 3D printing service platform Development 

1.1 3D Printing Service Platform 
1.1.1 Consignment Manufacturing 
1.1.2 Consignment Drawing 
1.1.3 Consignment Sales 
1.1.4 Online Matchmaking 
1.1.5 3D Figure Customization 

2. Patent Mining 
2.1 Patent Search 
2.1.1 Selecting a Patent Database 
2.1.2 Identifying Search Keywords 
2.1.3 Data Selection 
2.1.4 Data Analysis 

3. Trends Analysis 
3.1 Data Mining 
3.1.1 Analysis of Trends by Country 
3.1.2 Analysis of Trends by Sector and Field 
3.1.3 Analysis of Trends by Key Technology Field 
3.2 Key Patent Analysis 
3.2.1 Connected Platform Bridging Consumers and 3D Printing Service Providers 
3.3 R&D Readiness Analysis 
3.3.1 Relative R&D Intensity 

4. Patent Portfolio Analysis 
4.1 International Assignees 
4.2 Development of Major Companies 
4.2.1 3D Systems 
4.2.2 Stratasys 
4.2.3 Autodesk 
4.2.4 Shapeways 
4.2.5 eBay 
4.2.6 Amazon 

5. Conclusion 


Glossary of Terms 
List of Companies 

List of Table

Table 1: 3D Printing Marketplace Patent Distribution Share by Technology Field 
Table 2: R&D Intensity of Top 20 3D Printing Service Platform Patent Assignees 
Table 3: 3D Printing Service Platform Patent/International Assignee Matrix Analysis 
Table 4: 3D Printing Service Platform Patent/International Assignee Matrix Analysis: Subclasses of Data Pocessing

List of Chart

Figure 1: Shapeways 3D Printing Marketplace 
Figure 2: 3D printing service platform Patent Distribution Share by Country 
Figure 3: 3D Printing Service Platform Patent Distribution Share by Sector 
Figure 4: 3D Printing Service Platform Patent Distribution Share by Field 
Figure 5: 3D Printing Service Platform Patent Distribution Share by Classes and Subclasses 
Figure 6: 3D Printing Service Platform Connecting Participants with 3D Printing Service Providers 
Figure 7: Illustration of 3D Printed Products from 3D Printing Service Providers 

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