Does 3D Printing contribute to the rise in adoption of seals and gaskets?
Seals and gaskets are used in the automotive industry to seal various parts of the automobile and assemblies that carry fluids and gases. According to the technology research and advisory company Technavio, the increasing demand for automobiles is currently leading to a rise in adoption of seals and gaskets.
Remember how the dossier of the June issue of 3D Adept Mag, demonstrates the importance of 3D printing in the manufacturing processes of some parts in the automotive industry. According to Technavio, 3D Printing mainly contributes to this increasing demand for seals and gaskets. In 2017 for instance, Stratasys introduced a product called Agilus 30, which is a polyjet rubber-like material that can be used to manufacture gaskets and seals using 3D printing.
“3D printing technology facilitates enhanced capabilities for producing customized gaskets and seals. This is leading to the increasing adoption of this technology for the manufacture of gaskets and seals,” says a senior analyst at Technavio for research on tools and components.
In 2017, the automotive segment accounted for the largest share of the market with a market share of 49%. The market share of this segment is expected to witness the maximum growth over the period 2018-2022 while all the remaining segments will witness a marginal increase or decline in their market shares.
We might understand that 3D printing might lead to the adoption of seals and gaskets but it is hard to figure out how this specific type of manufacturing will contribute to the growth of the market, especially when we take into account that metal 3D printing for now, cannot be used for mass production in the automotive industry on the one hand, on the other hand, that there is always a need to improve the type of materials required.
Technavio draws professionals’ attention but further analysis still need to be made. To be continued…
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