3D printing Report

The 3D printing materials market will be worth $16B in 2028

3D Printing Materials 2018-2028: Technology and Market Analysis

Current and future technologies, and market forecasts

From its humble beginnings in the late 1980s, through to the global force that it is today, the capabilities of 3D printing technology has been dependent on the range of compatible materials available with the different printing processes. The range of materials has continued to diversify in this time, with key 3D printer equipment manufacturers devoting significant resources to bringing new materials to market. This portfolio of compatible materials has continued to expand as end users demand higher quality products, greater choice and flexibility, and in the case of prototyping, materials that are more representative the final product's appearance and behaviour. With end users spanning multiple industry verticals, there is a continuing drive to expand this list. The growth potential for 3D printing materials differs significantly from printing equipment, as legacy printers which are still operational continue to consume materials. Therefore, this segment of the 3D printing value chain represents tremendous potential growth opportunity over the next decade: IDTechEx forecasts that the global market for 3D printing materials will be worth $16 billion by the year 2028.
Technology and Applications
In 2018, the 3D printing market encompasses an increasingly broad materials palette. This report takes an in-depth look into established material classes polymer, metal and ceramic materials, compatible with all main 3D printing technologies, including Photosensitive Resins, Thermoplastic Powders, Thermoplastic Filaments, Metal Powders, Metal Wire and Ceramic Powders. Key technological capabilities, printer compatibilities, strengths and weaknesses, key manufacturers and example applications are discussed for each established material type. In addition, nascent materials have been recently developed, or that will be commercialised in 2018, are introduced, and their technological capabilities evaluated.
Market analysis
This report forecasts the overall 3D printing materials market to 2028, with in depth discussion of currently commercialised and emerging materials. The current state of the materials market is analysed, and long-range forecasts from 2018-2028 for forecast demand by mass and revenue per annum segmented by material class, compatible printer technology, printer price point, third party material compatibility and end user industry are evaluated.
IDTechEx conducted exhaustive primary research with companies positioned throughout the entire 3D printing value chain for key insights into the trends impacting growth to 2028. Over 25 company profiles have been included in the report including Stratasys, 3D Systems, Carbon3D, Carpenter Technology, DSM Somos and Evonik, amongst others.
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Table of Contents
1.1.Why adopt 3D printing?
1.2.Major material-process relationships
1.3.Market share of materials by mass in 2017
1.4.Market share of materials by revenue in 2017
1.5.3D printing materials: forecast mass demand
1.6.3D printing materials: forecast revenues
1.7.Forecast materials revenue segmented by industry
1.8.Drivers and restraints of growth
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 3D printing?
2.6.History of 3D printing polymers: the rise of the hobbyist
2.7.History of 3D printing metals
2.8.Business models: securing future revenues
2.9.Consumer vs prosumer vs professional
2.10.Use patterns and market segmentation
2.11.The desktop 3D printer explosion
2.12.Drivers and restraints of growth
3.2.Photosensitive resins suppliers
3.3.Applications of photopolymeric components
3.4.Photopolymeric hearing aids
3.5.Photopolymeric jewelry design
3.6.Photopolymeric injection molds
3.7.Photopolymers for consumer goods
3.8.Photopolymers: 3D printed optics
4.2.Thermoplastic powder suppliers
4.3.Thermoplastic powders: gears, hinges and interlocking parts
4.4.Thermoplastic powders: art
4.5.Thermoplastic powders: post-processing
5.2.Thermoplastic filament suppliers
5.3.Procurement of thermoplastic filaments
5.4.Alternatives: poly(propylene) and elastomers
5.5.Thermoplastic filaments: precision engineering
5.6.Thermoplastic filaments: spare parts
5.7.Thermoplastic filaments: hobbyist creations
5.8.Thermoplastic filaments: vertical pins
6.2.Composite thermoplastic filaments: tooling
6.4.Composite thermoplastic filaments: lightweighting
7.1.Powder morphology requirements
7.2.Water or gas atomisation
7.3.Plasma atomisation
7.4.Electrochemical atomisation
7.5.Powder morphology depends on atomisation process
7.6.Evaluation of powder manufacturing techniques
7.7.Supported materials
7.9.Procurement of metal powders for AM
7.10.Aluminium and alloys
7.11.316L stainless steel
7.12.Nickel alloy: Inconel 718
7.13.Titanium and alloys
7.14.Barriers and limitations to using metal powders
8.1.Metal wire feedstocks
8.2.Metal + polymer filaments
8.3.Metal + photosensitive resin
9.1.Sand and binder
9.2.Sand and binder: investment casting
9.3.Ceramic powders and photosensitive resins
9.4.Ceramics: dental and medical components
9.5.Ceramic plaster + binder
9.6.Paper sheets
9.7.Paper sheets: full colour models
10.1.New alloys for 3D printing
10.2.Metal-filled thermoplastic filaments: BASF Ultrafuse 316LX
10.3.Tungsten powder and nanoparticles
10.4.Solder for 3D printed electronics
10.5.Conductive inks and pastes
11.1.HP Multi Jet Fusion
11.2.Onsite atomisation
11.3.Carbon unveils the meter mix and dispense
12.1.Segmentation of photosensitive resins
12.2.Photosensitive resin market segmentation 2017
12.3.Segmentation of thermoplastic filaments
12.4.Thermoplastic filaments market segmentation 2017
12.5.Segmentation of consumers of thermoplastic filaments
12.6.Thermoplastics market segmentation 2017
12.7.Market share of materials by mass in 2017
12.8.Market share of materials by revenue in 2017
12.9.Market value of polymeric materials in 2017
12.10.Market value of metal powders in 2017
13.1.Forecast methodology and presentation of findings
13.2.Photosensitive resins: forecast mass demand by technology
13.3.Photosensitive resins: forecast revenues by technology
13.4.Photosensitive resins: forecast mass demand by platform
13.5.Photosensitive resins: forecast revenues by platform
13.6.Thermoplastic powders: forecast mass demand
13.7.Thermoplastic powders: forecast revenues
13.8.Thermoplastic filaments: forecast mass demand
13.9.Thermoplastic filaments: forecast revenues
13.10.Thermoplastic filaments: forecast mass demand by platform
13.11.Thermoplastic filaments: forecast revenues by platform
13.12.Metal feedstocks: forecast mass demand
13.13.Metal feedstocks: forecast revenues
13.14.3D printing materials: forecast mass demand
13.15.3D printing materials: forecast revenues
13.16.Forecast materials revenue segmented by industry
14.1.Where next for materials for 3D printing?
15.1.3D Systems Europe
15.2.Advanc3D materials
15.3.Advanced powders and coatings
15.5.Carpenter Technology
15.6.Cookson Precious Metals
15.7.CRP Group
15.8.DSM Somos
15.11.Forefront Filament
15.12.Graphene 3D lab
15.13.Heraus New Business
15.14.Legor group
15.15.Lomiko Metals
15.16.LPW Technology
15.17.Maker Juice
15.20.Oxford Performance materials
15.23.Taulman 3D
15.24.TLC Korea
15.25.Toner Plastics Inc

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