PRN: 3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: $8.3 Billion Status, Opportunities & Market Forecasts

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3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: $8.3 Billion Status, Opportunities & Market Forecasts


DUBLIN, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts" report to their offering.

Pricing, Properties And Projections For Materials Including Photopolymers, Thermoplastics And Metal Powders

This 132 slide report (PDF) 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.

3D Printing Materials

Gone are the days of 3D Printing being synonymous with Rapid Prototyping; the days of Additive Manufacturing are here.

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.

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.

Key Topics Covered:

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


4.1. 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

4.7. Blown-Powder

4.8. Welding

4.9. Summary of metal printing

4.10. Ink-jetting binders

5. MATERIALS OVERVIEW 5.1. A review of materials 5.2. Photopolymers 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 print! ed welding wire


6.1. Overview

6.2. Ceramics

6.3. Carbon fibre

6.4. Electrically conductive materials

6.5. Silicone

6.6. Biomaterials

6.7. Regolith

6.8. Graphene

7. DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 7.1. Thermoplastic recycling 7.2. Metalysis 7.3. Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) 7.4. Magnetohydrodynamics


8.1. Patents

8.2. Publication trends

9. MARKETS 9.1. Growth share matrix 9.2. Hype cycle


10.1. Value network

10.2. The two value chains

10.3. Three behaviours of thermoplastic filament consumption

10.4. Prices

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 11.4. Data 11.5. Methods and assumptions

12. FORECASTS 2015-2025

12.1. Total market for 3D printing industry

12.2. Data

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

12.7. Data

12.8. Methods and assumptions

13. TIMELINE 13.1. Start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and closures


14.1. Current limitations

14.2. Links to other technologies

15. PROFILES OF 3D MATERIALS' SUPPLIERS 15.1. DSM 15.2. Rahn 15.3. Arevo 15.4. TLC Korea 15.5. Evonik 15.6. Exceltec 15.7. Oxford Perfomance Materials 15.8. Taulman 3D 15.9. Argen 15.10. Cookson Gold 15.11. LPW 15.12. Sandvik 15.13. Höganäs 15.14. CRP 15.15. Fripp Design


16.1. Lockheed Martin

16.2. Boeing

16.3. Ford

16.4. Dyson

16.5. GE Aviation

16.6. BMW

16.7. Reebok

16.8. Addenbrooke's Hospital

17. OPPORTUNITIES 17.1. Review of opportunities


18.1. 3D Ceram

18.2. 3D Systems Europe

18.3. Advanced Powders and Coatings

18.4. Arcam AB

18.5. Arevo Labs

18.6. Argen Corporation

18.7. Biobots

18.8. BotFactory

18.9. Canatu

18.10. Cookson Precious Metals

18.11. CRP Group

18.12. Dyson

18.13. EPSRC

18.14. Evonik

18.15. Fabrisonic LLC

18.16. Fripp Design Ltd

18.17. Graphene 3D Lab

18.18. Höganäs

18.19. Impossible Objects

18.20. Legor Group

18.21. Lomiko Metals

18.22. LPW Technology Ltd

18.23. LUXeXceL

18.24. The NanoSteel Company

18.25. NinjaFlex

18.26. Norsk Titanium

18.27. Orbital Composites

18.28. Oxford Performance Materials

18.29. Rahn AG

18.30. Sandvik
18.31. Solidscape
18.32. Stratasys Ltd.
18.33. Taulman3D
18.34. TLC Korea
18.35. Toner Plastics
18.36. Volvo Construction Equipment
18.37. Voxel8

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