This report covers the current status and future opportunities of materials for 3D printing. It contains many illustrative and analytical figures and tables plus profiles of 29 companies, from across the globe, who supply a wide variety of materials for 3D printing.
Gone are the days of 3D Printing being synonymous with Rapid Prototyping; the days of Additive Manufacturing are here.
XYZPrinting have become a market leader by selling very large numbers of cheap printers. They operate on a vendor lock-in model, so their revenue from materials will be large and the price will hold steady. The market for thermoplastic filament is expected to reach over $6.6 billion by 2026.
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. 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, jewellery and dental sectors. Adoption is fast-growing in education, oil and gas, military, architecture, and medical research sectors.
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 90 key players in the industry and disclosed financial information, estimate key materials are expected to have a total market of over $24 billion by 2027.
This report includes detailed state of the market, in terms of market value and volume, for:
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:
Binders for metals, sand or plaster
Metallic thermoplastic filaments
Platinum-based Metallic Glass
Conductive thermoplastic filaments
This report gives financial data and forecasts to 2027 including:
Materials market forecast by value
Thermoplastics market forecast by value
Photopolymers market forecast by value
Materials market forecast by mass
Thermoplastics market forecast by mass
Photopolymers market forecast by mass
Key Topics Covered:
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1.1. Executive Summary 1.2. Advantages of 3D Printing 1.3. Printing processes and material compatibility 1.4. Future of 3D printing by application 1.5. Value chains: vendor lock-in 1.6. Value chains: free market materials 1.7. Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2016 1.8. Forecast by Revenue 1.9. Forecast by mass
2. INTRODUCTION 2.1. 3D Printing is... 2.2. Advantages of 3D Printing 2.3. The cost of complexity 2.4. Drivers 2.5. A brief history of 3D printing
3. OVERVIEW OF 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES 3.1. Printing processes and material compatibility 3.2. Alternative Naming of Technologies 3.3. Summary of Plastic Printing 3.4. Summary of Metal Printing
4. PHOTOPOLYMERS 4.1. Photopolymers 4.2. Acrylates vs Epoxies 4.3. Applications of 3D Printed Photopolymers 4.4. Photopolymers - Key Players 4.5. Properties of Commercially Available Photopolymers 4.6. Forecast for Photopolymers
5. THERMOPLASTIC FILAMENT 5.1. Thermoplastic Filament 5.2. Available Polymers 5.3. Why isn't PP commonly 3D printed? 5.4. New fillers for thermoplastic filaments 5.5. Elastomeric Filaments 5.6. Support material 5.7. Applications of 3D Printed Thermoplastic Filament 5.8. Thermoplastic Filament - Key Players 5.9. Thermoplastic Filament - Chemical Suppliers 5.10. Properties of Objects 3D Printed from Thermoplastic Filament 5.11. Forecast Thermoplastic Filament Sales
6. THERMOPLASTIC POWDER 6.1. Thermoplastic Powders 6.2. Applications of 3D Printed Thermoplastic Powders 6.3. Thermoplastic Powders - Key Players 6.4. Polymers Offered by Thermoplastic Powders Suppliers 6.5. Comparison of two most commonly 3D Printed Thermoplastic Powders 6.6. SLS of TPU 6.7. Forecast Thermoplastic Powder Sales
7. METAL POWDERS 7.1. Metal Powders 7.2. 3D Printable Metals 7.3. Powder Requirements 7.4. Metal Powders - Key Players 7.5. Alloys Available from Metal Powder Suppliers 7.6. Applications of 3D Printed Metal Powders 7.7. Powders for Metal + Binder 7.8. Forecast Metal Powder Sales
14. MARKETS 14.1. Markets for 3D Printing 14.2. Future of 3D printing by application
15. VALUE CHAINS 15.1. Value chains: vendor lock-in 15.2. Value chains: free market materials 15.3. The evolution of value chains
16. STATE OF THE MARKET 16.1. Methods and Assumptions 16.2. Three Behaviours of Thermoplastic Filament Consumption 16.3. Falling prices for free-market materials 16.4. Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2017 16.5. Overall market breakdown in 2017 ($M) 16.6. Thermoplastics market in 2017 16.7. Photopolymers market in 2017 16.8. Metals market in 2017 16.9. 3D Printing Industry Split by Application in 2017 17. FORECASTS 17.1. Materials market forecast by value 17.2. Thermoplastics market forecast by value 17.3. Photopolymers market forecast by value 17.4. Materials market forecast by mass 17.5. Thermoplastics market forecast by mass 17.6. Photopolymers market forecast by mass
18. CONCLUSIONS 18.1. General trends 18.2. Limitations 18.3. The evolution of 3D Printing is intrinsically linked with: 18.4. Opportunities
19. COMPANY PROFILES 19.1. Advanc3d Materials 19.2. Advanced Powders and Coatings 19.3. Arcam 19.4. Arevo Labs 19.5. Cookson Precious Metals 19.6. CRP Group 19.7. DSM Somos 19.8. Evonik 19.9. Exceltec 19.10. Formlabs 19.11. Graphene 3D Lab 19.12. Heraeus New Businesses 19.13. Impossible Objects 19.14. Legor Group 19.15. Lomiko Metals 19.16. LPW Technology Ltd 19.17. Maker Juice 19.18. The NanoSteel Company 19.19. Nascent Objects, Inc 19.20. NinjaFlex (Fenner Drives) 19.21. Norsk Titanium 19.22. Oxford Performance Materials19.23. Photocentric 19.24. Rahn AG 19.25. Sandvik 19.26. Stratasys 19.27. Taulman3D 19.28. TLC Korea 19.29. Toner Plastics Inc.