3D printing Report

3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts

Pricing, properties and projections for materials including photopolymers, thermoplastics and metal powders

Brand new for November 2014
The 3D Printing Materials market to overtake the 3D Printer market in 2023 and reach $8.3bn by 2025.
This report covers the current and future status, opportunities and market forecasts of 3D printing materials. It contains many illustrative and analytical figures and tables plus profiles of 16 companies, from across the globe, who supply a wide variety of materials for 3D printing. Interviews with 8 industrial end-users describe their experiences with 3D printing and give insight into their needs.
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3D Printing Materials
Gone are the days of 3D Printing being synonymous with Rapid Prototyping; the days of Additive Manufacturing are here.
Since the 1980s, when 3D Printing was first commercialised, it has grown reasonably slowly, being adopted mostly for small scale prototyping. In 2009, Stratasys' key patent expired, the market place became flooded with cheap thermoplastic extruders, interest exploded, and the market for thermoplastic filament rocketed. It is expected to reach over $1B by 2025, despite the falling price per kg.
This new interest inspired developments in many technologies to 3D print a wider variety of materials. A brief overview of each of these technologies is outlined in this report. But not all materials are equal. This report outlines the advantages and disadvantages of printing in different materials, the applications of each, and technical data on the properties of 3D printed materials, which often differ from their traditionally manufactured analogue. These new materials mean there has been space for many new companies, and also many acquisitions by 3D printer manufacturers. Information on start-ups, closures, mergers and acquisitions is included.
No longer is 3D Printing used only for one-off pieces and prototypes, but for final part production of items with reduced and simplified assembly, quicker design iterations, greater design freedom, mass customisation and minimal material wastage. For these reasons, 3D Printing is already common in aerospace, orthopaedic, jewelry and dental sectors. Adoption is fast-growing in education, military, architecture, medical research, and automotive sectors. Nineteen end markets, including all of these have been investigated. The most common applications, technologies and materials vary by geography so the current markets and growth rates are split by region. Changes in use will lead to different growth rates for different materials.
Figure 1: Relative markets of the 7 key 3D Printing Materials in 2014 and 2025
Source: IDTechEx
This massive growth in the use and applications of 3D Printers is encouraging a massive growth in the market for 3D Printing Materials. Detailed forecasts, using information from interviews with 50 key players in the industry and disclosed financial information, estimate seven key materials are expected to have a total market of over $8B by 2025. This report includes detailed state of the market, in terms of market value and volume, for:
  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastic filaments
  • Thermoplastic powders
  • Metal powders
  • Sand and binder
  • Welding wire
  • Plaster
The value chain for 3D printing materials is complicated because several major industrial printer manufacturers engage in "vendor lock-in" in a way analogous to 2D printers, but cheaper 3D printers allow the purchase of free market materials. The chapter on the value chain clarifies the situation, and quantifies the markets at each stage of the chain. There are separate price projections and forecasts for these two approaches and for different end-user behaviours.
The report also includes discussions on developments for emerging materials including:
  • Electrically conducting materials
  • Silicone
  • Biomaterials
  • Carbon fibre
  • Regolith
  • Ceramics
  • Graphene
Disruptive technologies which have the potential to dramatically change the market have also been investigated, including desktop thermoplastic recyclers, cheaper ways of producing metal powders, competing ways to prototype and new 3D printing technologies.
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Table of Contents
1.Executive Summary
1.1.Total Market of 3D Printing Industry
1.2.3D Printing Materials
1.3.Markets for 3D Printing
1.4.Value Network
1.5.State of the Market
1.6.Materials' Market Separated by Material
2.1.3D Printing is...
2.2.A brief history of 3D Printing
3.Key Advantages of 3D Printing
3.1.The key advantages of 3D printing are...
3.2.Examples of designs not possible suing traditional manufacturing
3.3.Examples of products which benefit from mass customisation
4.Overview of 3D Printing Technologies
4.1.A review of technologies
4.2.Thermoplastic extrusion
4.3.Stereolithography (SLA) and Direct Light Polymerisation (DLP)
4.4.Ink-jetting Photopolymers
4.5.Summary of plastic printing
4.6.SLS, SLM and EBM
4.9.Summary of metal printing
4.10.Ink-jetting binders
5.Materials Overview
5.1.A review of materials
5.3.Applications of 3D printed photopolymers
5.4.Acrylates vs epoxies
5.5.Photopolymer suppliers
5.6.Properties of commercially available photopolymers
5.7.Thermoplastic filament
5.8.Applications of 3D printed thermoplastic filament
5.9.Thermoplastic filament suppliers
5.10.Polymers available from thermoplastic filament suppliers
5.11.Properties of objects 3D printed from thermoplastic filament
5.12.Chemical suppliers to thermoplastic filament formulators
5.13.Thermoplastic powders
5.14.Applications of 3D printed thermoplastic powders
5.15.Thermoplastic powder suppliers
5.16.Polymers offered by thermoplastic powders suppliers
5.17.Comparison of 3D printed thermoplastic powders
5.18.Metal powders
5.19.Applications of 3D printed metal powders
5.20.Metal powder suppliers
5.21.Alloys available from metal powder suppliers
5.22.Sand and binder
5.23.Welding wire
5.24.Application of 3D printed welding wire
6.Emerging Materials
6.3.Carbon fibre
6.4.Electrically conductive materials
7.Disruptive Technologies
7.1.Thermoplastic recycling
7.3.Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL)
8.Patents and Publications
8.2.Publication trends
9.1.Growth share matrix
9.2.Hype cycle
10.Value Chains
10.1.Value network
10.2.The two value chains
10.3.Three behaviours of thermoplastic filament consumption
10.5.Price trends of free market materials
10.6.Value chain picture (in USD)
10.7.Value chain picture (in tonnes)
11.State of the Market
11.1.State of the market (in USD)
11.2.State of the market (in tonnes)
11.3.Geographic breakdown of materials' sales
11.5.Methods and assumptions
12.Forecasts 2015-2025
12.1.Total market for 3D printing industry
12.3.Materials market separated by material (in USD)
12.4.Share of market value by material in 2014 and 2025
12.5.Materials market forecast separated by material (in tonnes)
12.6.Growth rate by region
12.8.Methods and assumptions
13.1.Start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and closures
14.Limitations and Restraints
14.1.Current limitations
14.2.Links to other technologies
15.Profiles of 3D Materials' Suppliers
15.4.TLC Korea
15.7.Oxford Perfomance Materials
15.8.Taulman 3D
15.10.Cookson Gold
15.15.Fripp Design
16.Profiles of End-Users of 3D Printing
16.1.Lockheed Martin
16.5.GE Aviation
16.8.Addenbrooke's Hospital
17.1.Review of opportunities

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