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Metal Additive Manufacturing 2020-2030

Benchmarking of 3D printing processes, granular market forecasts, and complete player analysis

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After initial commercialisation in the 1990s, metal additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D printing of metals) has witnessed a flurry of interest in recent years. Key players have been quick to capitalise on this demand, enjoying exponential revenue growth since 2013 as a result.
This comprehensive technical report from IDTechEx gives the detailed status and outlook for the industry. Built upon an extensive history in the market and large number of primary interviews, this report provides an unbiased forecast for the market, including the significant impact from the COVID-19 pandemic which will be felt for years to come.
Granular forecasts and detailed player profiles
This report provides granular 10-year market forecasts for the industry. Targeted quantitative analysis is given for the printer technology, materials, and applications alike.
These forecasts are generated by the IDTechEx analyst team. The analysts go far beyond what is publicly available by conducting an extensive number of primary interviews, providing the latest and most important information to the reader. Over 50 company profiles are included as part of this report; this includes key OEMs, disruptive start-ups, incumbent powder providers, and emerging material companies.
The fall and rise of the metal additive manufacturing market. Metal Additive Manufacturing 2020-2030
Benchmarking the competitive printer processes
The proposed advantages to metal additive manufacturing are numerous with design freedom, local versatile manufacturing, potential cost savings, and much more.
To exploit this there is an ever-expanding family of printer processes using a wide number of material feedstocks. A common tactic for new entrants is to invent new terms for their technology to differentiate from the competition. Some of these are unique but most are aligned with existing processes, introducing only subtle variations.
This report cuts through this marketing and provides accessible impartial categorisation for the industry. The reality is that every process must compromise on something, be it the rate, price, precision, size, material compatibility, or more. IDTechEx provide critical benchmarking studies of these processes: an essential process for identifying gaps in the market and end-use applications.
There is also the learning curve to be considered. As with any new (primarily) B2B technology with a large price-tag, it will take time for end-users to have confidence in the process and value-add to warrant the investment. Powder bed fusion processes (DMLS and EBM) have been commercial for the longest time, which results this technology underpinning most installations. However, the next generation of technologies are gaining more traction and within the next decade a more diverse installation base will be observed.
There are some overarching trends for new entrants as they try to find gaps in the market. Low cost variants, printers pushing the size extremes from micro to very large scales, faster rates, and those exploiting alternative forms of feedstocks are all rapidly emerging and assessed.
Expanding material portfolio, capacity, and competition
IDTechEx forecast that the majority of the annual revenue will come from material demand rather than printer sales and installation. Every printer process and application have different material requirements, throughput rates, and alloy demands.
There is a large amount of movement in this industry with notable acquisitions, capacity expansions, improved atomisation processes, new materials, and cost reductions. Players are introducing material portfolios bespoke for additive manufacturing from well-known structural alloys to advanced options such as MMCs, high entropy alloys, and amorphous alloys.
Given the variation across this industry, there are very different forecasts when considering cost and volume; titanium powder will be the most significant which is again evident from the market dynamics of expansions, investments, vertical integration and exploring new avenues such as the use of scrap feedstocks.
Key markets and the impact of COVID-19
Metal additive manufacturing has been used for prototypes, tooling, replacement parts, and small to large manufacturing. There are multiple sectors in which this emerging technology is gaining significant uptake, including oil & gas, jewellery, and building & construction. By 2030, the three largest verticals are forecast to be aerospace & defense, medical & dental, and automotive, with latter only gaining notable traction at the tail-end of this period.
The growth and adoption have all been in high-value industry verticals and the long-term future looks very optimistic.
However, onset by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the industry will see a significant decline in 2020 with multiple years needed for recovery.
There are potential viewpoints that additive manufacturing has gained prominence during this pandemic, as manufacturers address vulnerabilities in their supply chain and capabilities have been demonstrated in essential circumstances (such as for the need of ventilator parts). Not to mention orders and investments have still been reported globally across 2020. However, this will not account for the impact to internal operations and end-users; aerospace being undeniably the most relevant sector impacted.
The fall will be dictated on the immediate-term by both internal and client operations coming to a standstill and in the short-to-mid-term by the impact on their prospective client base. IDTechEx forecast that material sales will "spring back" faster but printer sales will take longer as players tackle the social and economic fallout.
This market report gives granular forecasts for applications, technologies, and materials modelled for the impact of COVID-19.
Key questions that are answered in this report
  • What are the current and emerging printer technology types?
  • How do metrics such as price, build speed, build volume and precision vary by printer type?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of different 3D printing technologies?
  • Which printers support different material classes?
  • What is the current installed base of 3D printers?
  • What is the price range of 3D metal printers by technology type?
  • What are the market shares of those active in the market?
  • What are the key drivers and restraints of market growth?
  • Who are the main players and emerging start-ups?
  • How will sales of different printer types evolve from 2019 to 2030?
  • What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Table of Contents
1.1.Major material-process relationships
1.2.Why adopt 3D printing?
1.3.Total market forecast for metal additive manufacturing
1.4.Market forecast - industry segmentation
1.5.Material forecast - technology segmentation
1.6.Material forecast - alloy segmentation
1.7.Drivers and restraints
2.1.Glossary: common acronyms for reference
2.2.Scope of report
2.3.The seven different types of 3D printing processes
2.4.Major material-process relationships
2.5.Why adopt metal 3D printing?
2.6.History of metal 3D printing
2.7.Business models: securing future revenues
2.8.The desktop 3D printer explosion
2.9.Drivers and restraints
2.10.Key trends in 2020
2.11.Computer Aided Engineering (CAE): Topology
3.1.Powder bed fusion: Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
3.2.Powder bed fusion: Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
3.3.Directed energy deposition: Powder
3.4.Directed energy deposition: Wire
3.5.Binder jetting: Metal Binder Jetting
3.6.Binder jetting: Sand Binder Jetting
3.7.Sheet lamination: Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM)
4.1.Emerging printing processes - overview
4.2.Extrusion: Metal + polymer filament (MPFE)
4.3.Vat photopolymerisation: Digital Light Processing (DLP)
4.4.Material jetting: nanoparticle jetting (NJP)
4.5.Material jetting: magnetohydrodynamic deposition
4.6.Material jetting: electrochemical
4.7.Material jetting: cold spray
4.8.Binder jetting alternatives
4.9.New energy sources for PBF and DED
4.10.Processes with a metal slurry feedstock
4.11.Alternative emerging SLS variations
5.1.Price versus precision
5.2.Price versus speed
5.3.Price versus volume
5.4.Speed versus volume
5.5.Speed versus precision
5.6.Precision versus volume
6.1.Material feedstock options
6.2.Powder morphology specifications
6.3.Water or gas atomisation
6.4.Plasma atomisation
6.5.Electrochemical atomisation
6.6.Powder morphology depends on atomisation process
6.7.Evaluation of powder manufacturing techniques
6.8.Supported materials
6.9.Suppliers of metal powders for AM
6.10.Titanium powder - overview
6.11.Titanium powder - main players
6.12.Key material start-ups for metal additive manufacturing
6.13.Recycled titanium feedstocks
6.14.Metal powder bed fusion post processing
6.15.Barriers and limitations to using metal powders
7.1.Alloys and material properties
7.2.Aluminium and alloys
7.3.Copper and bronze
7.4.Cobalt and alloys
7.5.Nickel alloy: Inconel 625
7.6.Nickel alloy: Inconel 718
7.7.Precious metals and alloys
7.8.Maraging Steel 1.2709
7.9.15-5PH Stainless Steel
7.10.17-4 PH Stainless Steel
7.11.316L stainless steel
7.12.Titanium and alloys
7.13.Metal wire feedstocks
7.14.Metal + polymer filaments
7.15.Metal + polymer filaments: BASF Ultrafuse 316LX
7.16.Metal + photopolymer resin
7.17.AM of High Entropy Alloys
7.18.AM of amorphous alloys
7.19.Emerging aluminium alloys and MMCs
7.20.Multi-material solutions
7.21.Materials informatics for additive manufacturing materials
8.1.Aerospace and defence
8.1.1.GE Aviation: LEAP fuel nozzles
8.1.2.Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Ti-6Al-4V structures
8.1.3.Autodesk and Airbus: optimised partition wall
8.1.4.Airbus: bracket
8.1.5.RUAG Space and Altair: antenna mount
8.1.6.Hofmann: oxygen supply tube
8.1.7.Relativity Space: entire rockets
8.1.8.OEM AM strategy - GE
8.1.9.OEM AM strategy - Airbus
8.1.10.OEM AM strategy - Boeing
8.2.Medical and dental printing custom plates, implants, valves and stents
8.2.2.Titanium alloy powders
8.2.3.Case study: hip replacement revision surgery
8.2.4.Case study: canine cranial plate in titanium
8.2.5.Implantable dental devices and prostheses
8.2.6.Case study: mandibular reconstructive surgery
8.2.7.Parts for ventilators
9.1.Desktop Metal leads surge in capital investment
9.2.Geographic segmentation
9.3.Market share of mass demand by metal alloy in 2019
9.4.Material revenue per printer
10.1.Forecast methodology
10.2.Installed base of metal 3D printers
10.3.Material forecast - technology segmentation
10.4.Feedstock material annual revenue forecast
10.5.Material forecast - alloy segmentation
10.6.Metal powder revenues forecast
10.7.Annual printer revenues forecast
10.8.Total market forecast for metal additive manufacturing
10.9.Market forecast - industry segmentation
11.1.Metal 3D printing is rapidly developing technology
12.1.3D Systems
12.2.3T Additive Manufacturing
12.7.Additive Industries
12.11.Carpenter 2017
12.12.Carpenter 2020
12.14.Citrine Informatics
12.15.Cookson Precious Metals
12.16.Desktop Metal
12.17.Digital Alloys
12.18.DMG Mori
12.19.Elementum 3D
12.24.Exponential Technologies
12.26.Gamma Alloys
12.27.GE Additive (AP&C) [2015]
12.28.GE Additive 2018
12.29.GE Additive 2020
12.30.GH Induction
12.32.H.C. Starck
12.33.Hoganas (Digital Metal)
12.36.Markforged 2017
12.37.Markforged 2020
12.41.Metalysis 2017
12.42.Metalysis 2020
12.45.Norsk Titanium 2015
12.46.Norsk Titanium 2020
12.47.One Click Metal
12.49.Phaseshift Technologies
12.50.QuesTek Innovations
12.54.SLM Solutions
12.58.Tritone Technologies
12.63.Xi'an Bright Laser Technology

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