When it comes to history and awareness, polymer additive manufacturing leads the 3D printing industry. The first type of 3D printing to be invented in the 1980s was stereolithography, while thermoplastic filament extrusion holds the most public recognition amongst additive technologies. In fact, IDTechEx finds that demand for polymer materials by mass far exceeds that of metal materials for 3D printing.
Despite this popularity, polymer additive manufacturing can sometimes be seen as a less dynamic space than its counterparts like metal additive manufacturing; after all, polymer 3D printing is often associated solely with low-volume, low-cost part production. However, the polymer 3D printing market has never moved faster than now. For example, start-ups present innovative print technologies every year, some of which fall outside classic 3D printing process categorization, while market leaders continue to make more aggressive moves to consolidate their position in the industry. Higher performing polymers are becoming more and more printable, and companies are presenting increasing numbers of compelling high-value applications of polymer 3D printing. Within such an agile market, it's essential to stay informed to fully follow the polymer 3D printing industry's growth. In this webinar, IDTechEx will present the trends and movements shaking up the polymer additive manufacturing landscape, providing viewers with ample information to understand the trajectory of this US$21 billion market.
In this webinar, IDTechEx will:
- Identify technical and material trends within the polymer 3D printing market
- Highlight key developments influencing polymer AM's rise, including discussion on relevant players and news
- Present IDTechEx's outlook on the polymer AM market