3D Printing in the Sports Apparel Market


Obtain the market landscape of the 3D printing application in sportswear manufacturing to better understand this sector.

Early Findings

3D Printing in the Sports Apparel Market

3D Printing Market Insights

  • The global 3D printing market is worth around $9.2 billion in 2018.
  • This technology is being used mainly in the "consumer electronics, healthcare, automobiles, and aerospace" industries, as well as in the fashion industry.
  • In the fashion industry, 3D printing is typically used to create nylon-based clothing designs.
  • This market is anticipated to be worth around $24.8 billion in 2024 at an 18% growth rate from 2019 to 2024.
  • Innovations in 3D printing are revolutionizing the development of designs in the overall fashion industry.
  • Customized apparel designs in the future are anticipated to come out of 3D printers.
  • The technology can also enable cost reduction as virtual 3D rendering can replace the current costly 2D prototyping process.
  • The application of 3D printing can also enable more rapid and precise apparel development.
  • The technology is also seen to uncover various possibilities in the textile sector that are currently not doable using traditional methods.
  • However, the complexity involved in using 3D printers to produce clothing products might pose a barrier to the growth of the industry.
  • The concern with technology-doping in the competitive sports industry might also hinder further application of 3D printing in sportswear.
  • These innovative apparel are sometimes seen as "unregulated equipment" that might take away the focus on human performance.

Brands Using the 3D Technology

  • New Balance is already prototyping the process of developing "made-to-measure, 3D-printed spike plates for running shoes."
  • The measurements are taken from personal data.
  • Adidas is also experimenting with 3D printers to produce sports shoes in their "Speedfactory."
  • The company's Speedfactory employs an "automated, decentralized, and flexible" production process for its sports apparel.
  • Adidas also implemented the "Storefactory" initiative to further explore the technology.
  • As part of the initiative, the company launched the "Knit For You Store" to test this technology in personalized apparel.
  • Nike also released 3D-printed apparel such as its Nike Vapor Agility for American football and its Nike Flyprint.
  • Other apparel brands that are using the technology include Coach, Stuart Weitzman, and Kate Spade.

Proprietary Research Available

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Global Markets for 3D Printing (BCC Research, $5,500)
3.5.1 End Users - Apparel ($1,221.59)
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