Gartner Research

How 3D Printing Will Revolutionize the Wearables Industry

Published: 23 February 2016

ID: G00296362

Analyst(s): Michele Reitz, Pete Basiliere

Summary

Personalized wearables will go far beyond basic functions to customized shapes and forms, enabling new digital business opportunities. Wearable product developers must employ 3D printing to revolutionize their product design cycles and differentiate and customize their products for maximum revenue.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Use of 3D printing to decrease time to market and manage production risk can be the difference between success and failure for a product developer's wearable device
  • 3D printing enables the creation of more fashionable and unique wearables and allows product developers at companies to maximize the return on each design
  • 3D printing enables product developers to create mass customization of personal wearable devices that garner higher premiums than similar mass-produced versions

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