3D Printing Materials Market: Information by Foam (Powder, Filament, Liquid), End-Use Industry (Automotive, Healthcare, Consumer Goods), Type, Technology, and Region — Forecast till 2029

Apr 08, 2020   The Conception of 3D Printing The idea of 3D printing emerged in the 1980s, and since then, it has evolved tremendously. From lowering the operational cost to increasing efficiency and producing complicated parts, 3D printing has become a key focus area for researchers and inventors around the globe. In 1981, Hideo Kodama developed a 3D printing model during his research project in one of the institutes in Japan. Later, in 1984, stereolithography was invented and 3D printing was digitalized. D...
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The Conception of 3D Printing

The idea of 3D printing emerged in the 1980s, and since then, it has evolved tremendously. From lowering the operational cost to increasing efficiency and producing complicated parts, 3D printing has become a key focus area for researchers and inventors around the globe.

In 1981, Hideo Kodama developed a 3D printing model during his research project in one of the institutes in Japan. Later, in 1984, stereolithography was invented and 3D printing was digitalized. During the evolution of 3D printing, materials used for printing played a key role, and the success of the 3D printing largely depends on the material used. For instance, an acrylic-based material, a photopolymer, has a key role in the success of stereolithography. Meanwhile, many of the largest manufacturing companies have invested significantly in the R&D of 3D printing technology. For instance, General Electric Company, along with CILAS, a laser manufacturer, invented a process to produce 3D printed objects.

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing in Automotive Sector

The increasing demand for 3D printing technologies from end-use sectors, especially aerospace and defense and automotive, drives the demand for 3D printing materials.  3D printing in the automotive sector, also known as additive manufacturing, has created new opportunities for automotive manufacturers to design advanced products. Additive manufacturing enables the robust design of safer, stronger, and lighter products in reduced lead times at lower costs.

The automotive sector spends approximately 20% of its manufacturing expenditure on 3D printing technology. The sector uses several 3D printing materials, from nylon to wax, for designing and manufacturing critical parts. Design freedom is the key driver for the growth of 3D printing technology in the aerospace and defense sector. For instance, a cooling fan used in the aerospace and defense industry has more than 70 components, but 3D printing converted it into a single component that saves assembly time and cost. Reduction in the number of components has reduced supply chain efforts and cost for manufacturers.

Latest Innovations Enabling 3D Printing for Medical Applications

The latest invention regarding biocompatible 3D printing materials is creating opportunities for 3D printing in the medical industry. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is used to develop surgical cutting and drill guides, prosthetics (artificial body parts), and patient-specific replicas of bones and organs, among others. Almost 16% of 3D printing revenue comes from companies that deal with medical applications. The U.S. FDA has approved more than 20 different implants produced through additive manufacturing, ranging from the hip and knees to spinal.

Additive manufacturing enabled custom products that are complicated to design and tailored as per the needs of individual patients. Some of the important technologies used for 3D printing in medical applications are FDM, SLA, and SLS, among others. Polycaprolactone (PCL), polypropylene-tricalcium phosphate, (PP-TCP), and PCL-hydroxyapatite (HA) are some of the common 3D printing materials used for medical applications.

Table: Materials Used for 3D Printing

Materials-Used-for-3D-Printing

3D Printing Materials Market: Segmentation Overview

Filament Segment: The Fastest Growing Segment by Form

The market is segmented into powder, filament, and liquid on the basis of form. Filament is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the global market during the forecast period, which is attributable to the plastic materials used in the filament form for various 3D printing applications. Some of the materials used in filament form are polylactic acid (PLA), nylon, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), photopolymers, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polycarbonate (PC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and other thermoplastics.

Aerospace and Defense Segment: The Largest Value Shareholder by End-Use Industry

The market is segmented into automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, consumer goods, construction, and others on the basis of end-use industry. The aerospace and defense industry was the largest consumer of 3D printing materials in 2018 and is expected to retain its market position throughout the forecast period. The rising adoption of 3D printing in aircraft manufacturing to design and produce complicated parts drives the segment’s growth. Additionally, rising government spending on the defense sector is expected to fuel the demand for 3D printing materials in the coming years.

Metal Segment: The Largest Value Shareholder by Material

The market is segmented into plastic, metal, ceramic, and others on the basis of material. The metal segment holds the largest share in the total consumption of 3D printing materials around the globe. The widespread applications of metal, from automotive and aerospace to medical, makes metal the most used material in 3D printing. Plastic is the second most prevalently used material for 3D printing applications.

Prototyping Segment: The Largest Value Shareholder by Application

The market is segmented into prototyping, manufacturing, and R&D on the basis of application. Prototyping is the largest application segment in the global 3D printing material market, while manufacturing is the fastest-growing one during the forecast period. The increasing adoption of 3D printing in the manufacturing of parts and components used in the automotive and aerospace industry drives the growth of the market.

Government Initiatives Encouraging 3D Printing Adoption in China

China is the second-largest market for 3D printing materials, closely followed by Japan. China is also among the fastest-growing markets for 3D printing materials on account of the increasing adoption of additive manufacturing in several end-use industries, including automotive, medical, and aerospace and defense, among others.

The Chinese government is aggressively promoting additive manufacturing and plans to invest around USD 245 million during the next five years. The government has also launched the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center and allocated USD 132 million for R&D applications. Recently, the government announced plans to install 3D printers in each one of the elementary schools out of approximately 400,000 over the next two years.

Key Players

  • Arkema S.A. (France)
  • Sandvik AB (Sweden)
  • Stratasys Ltd. (The U.S.)
  • General Electric (The U.S.)
  • 3D System (The U.S.)
  • ExOne Company (The U.S.)
  • EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems (Germany)
  • Materialise NV (Belgium)
  • Royal DSM (The Netherlands)
  • Höganäs AB (Sweden)

Recent Developments

  • In August 2017, BASF announced the acquisition of Innofil3D, a Dutch 3D printing material manufacturer, to expand its 3D printing material business and enhance its geographical presence
  • In November 2017, GE Additive, a subsidiary of General Electric (GE), acquired a 3D printing simulation software provider, to accelerate its additive manufacturing business
  • In July 2018, Prodways Group, one of the largest players in the 3D printing industry, announced the acquisition of Solidscape Inc., a subsidiary of Stratasys, to strengthen its position in the U.S. 3D printing industry
  • In February 2019, Xerox announced the acquisition of Vader Systems, a U.S.-based metal additive manufacturing company, to enter the metal additive manufacturing business
  • In January 2019, Evonik Industries AG acquired Structured Polymers Inc., a U.S.-based additive manufacturing start-up, to gain access to a new patented technology regarding specialty polymer for 3D printing

3D Printing Materials Market Segmentation

By Form

  • Powder
  • Filament
  • Liquid

By End-Use Industry

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & defense
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer Goods
  • Construction
  • Others

By Type

  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Others

By Technology

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • DMLS
  • Others

By Application

  • Prototyping
  • Manufacturing
  • R&D

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • The U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia
  • The Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • The Rest of Europe

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • The Rest of Central and South America and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • The Rest of Middle East

Africa

  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • The Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

increasing demand for 3D printing technologies from end-use sectors is the key factors expected to drive 3D Printing Materials Market during the forecast period.
Aerospace and Defense Segment is expected to be the leading segment in 3D Printing Materials Market during the forecast period.
Japan is expected to hold the highest market share in 3D Printing Materials Market.
Arkema S.A., Sandvik AB, Stratasys Ltd., General Electric, 3D System, ExOne Company, EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, Materialise NV are the top players in 3D Printing Materials Market.
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The Conception of 3D Printing

The idea of 3D printing emerged in the 1980s, and since then, it has evolved tremendously. From lowering the operational cost to increasing efficiency and producing complicated parts, 3D printing has become a key focus area for researchers and inventors around the globe.

In 1981, Hideo Kodama developed a 3D printing model during his research project in one of the institutes in Japan. Later, in 1984, stereolithography was invented and 3D printing was digitalized. During the evolution of 3D printing, materials used for printing played a key role, and the success of the 3D printing largely depends on the material used. For instance, an acrylic-based material, a photopolymer, has a key role in the success of stereolithography. Meanwhile, many of the largest manufacturing companies have invested significantly in the R&D of 3D printing technology. For instance, General Electric Company, along with CILAS, a laser manufacturer, invented a process to produce 3D printed objects.

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing in Automotive Sector

The increasing demand for 3D printing technologies from end-use sectors, especially aerospace and defense and automotive, drives the demand for 3D printing materials.  3D printing in the automotive sector, also known as additive manufacturing, has created new opportunities for automotive manufacturers to design advanced products. Additive manufacturing enables the robust design of safer, stronger, and lighter products in reduced lead times at lower costs.

The automotive sector spends approximately 20% of its manufacturing expenditure on 3D printing technology. The sector uses several 3D printing materials, from nylon to wax, for designing and manufacturing critical parts. Design freedom is the key driver for the growth of 3D printing technology in the aerospace and defense sector. For instance, a cooling fan used in the aerospace and defense industry has more than 70 components, but 3D printing converted it into a single component that saves assembly time and cost. Reduction in the number of components has reduced supply chain efforts and cost for manufacturers.

Latest Innovations Enabling 3D Printing for Medical Applications

The latest invention regarding biocompatible 3D printing materials is creating opportunities for 3D printing in the medical industry. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is used to develop surgical cutting and drill guides, prosthetics (artificial body parts), and patient-specific replicas of bones and organs, among others. Almost 16% of 3D printing revenue comes from companies that deal with medical applications. The U.S. FDA has approved more than 20 different implants produced through additive manufacturing, ranging from the hip and knees to spinal.

Additive manufacturing enabled custom products that are complicated to design and tailored as per the needs of individual patients. Some of the important technologies used for 3D printing in medical applications are FDM, SLA, and SLS, among others. Polycaprolactone (PCL), polypropylene-tricalcium phosphate, (PP-TCP), and PCL-hydroxyapatite (HA) are some of the common 3D printing materials used for medical applications.

Table: Materials Used for 3D Printing

Materials-Used-for-3D-Printing

3D Printing Materials Market: Segmentation Overview

Filament Segment: The Fastest Growing Segment by Form

The market is segmented into powder, filament, and liquid on the basis of form. Filament is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the global market during the forecast period, which is attributable to the plastic materials used in the filament form for various 3D printing applications. Some of the materials used in filament form are polylactic acid (PLA), nylon, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), photopolymers, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polycarbonate (PC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and other thermoplastics.

Aerospace and Defense Segment: The Largest Value Shareholder by End-Use Industry

The market is segmented into automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, consumer goods, construction, and others on the basis of end-use industry. The aerospace and defense industry was the largest consumer of 3D printing materials in 2018 and is expected to retain its market position throughout the forecast period. The rising adoption of 3D printing in aircraft manufacturing to design and produce complicated parts drives the segment’s growth. Additionally, rising government spending on the defense sector is expected to fuel the demand for 3D printing materials in the coming years.

Metal Segment: The Largest Value Shareholder by Material

The market is segmented into plastic, metal, ceramic, and others on the basis of material. The metal segment holds the largest share in the total consumption of 3D printing materials around the globe. The widespread applications of metal, from automotive and aerospace to medical, makes metal the most used material in 3D printing. Plastic is the second most prevalently used material for 3D printing applications.

Prototyping Segment: The Largest Value Shareholder by Application

The market is segmented into prototyping, manufacturing, and R&D on the basis of application. Prototyping is the largest application segment in the global 3D printing material market, while manufacturing is the fastest-growing one during the forecast period. The increasing adoption of 3D printing in the manufacturing of parts and components used in the automotive and aerospace industry drives the growth of the market.

Government Initiatives Encouraging 3D Printing Adoption in China

China is the second-largest market for 3D printing materials, closely followed by Japan. China is also among the fastest-growing markets for 3D printing materials on account of the increasing adoption of additive manufacturing in several end-use industries, including automotive, medical, and aerospace and defense, among others.

The Chinese government is aggressively promoting additive manufacturing and plans to invest around USD 245 million during the next five years. The government has also launched the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center and allocated USD 132 million for R&D applications. Recently, the government announced plans to install 3D printers in each one of the elementary schools out of approximately 400,000 over the next two years.

Key Players

  • Arkema S.A. (France)
  • Sandvik AB (Sweden)
  • Stratasys Ltd. (The U.S.)
  • General Electric (The U.S.)
  • 3D System (The U.S.)
  • ExOne Company (The U.S.)
  • EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems (Germany)
  • Materialise NV (Belgium)
  • Royal DSM (The Netherlands)
  • Höganäs AB (Sweden)

Recent Developments

  • In August 2017, BASF announced the acquisition of Innofil3D, a Dutch 3D printing material manufacturer, to expand its 3D printing material business and enhance its geographical presence
  • In November 2017, GE Additive, a subsidiary of General Electric (GE), acquired a 3D printing simulation software provider, to accelerate its additive manufacturing business
  • In July 2018, Prodways Group, one of the largest players in the 3D printing industry, announced the acquisition of Solidscape Inc., a subsidiary of Stratasys, to strengthen its position in the U.S. 3D printing industry
  • In February 2019, Xerox announced the acquisition of Vader Systems, a U.S.-based metal additive manufacturing company, to enter the metal additive manufacturing business
  • In January 2019, Evonik Industries AG acquired Structured Polymers Inc., a U.S.-based additive manufacturing start-up, to gain access to a new patented technology regarding specialty polymer for 3D printing

3D Printing Materials Market Segmentation

By Form

  • Powder
  • Filament
  • Liquid

By End-Use Industry

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & defense
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer Goods
  • Construction
  • Others

By Type

  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Others

By Technology

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • DMLS
  • Others

By Application

  • Prototyping
  • Manufacturing
  • R&D

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • The U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia
  • The Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • The Rest of Europe

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • The Rest of Central and South America and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • The Rest of Middle East

Africa

  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • The Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

increasing demand for 3D printing technologies from end-use sectors is the key factors expected to drive 3D Printing Materials Market during the forecast period.
Aerospace and Defense Segment is expected to be the leading segment in 3D Printing Materials Market during the forecast period.
Japan is expected to hold the highest market share in 3D Printing Materials Market.
Arkema S.A., Sandvik AB, Stratasys Ltd., General Electric, 3D System, ExOne Company, EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, Materialise NV are the top players in 3D Printing Materials Market.
Basically choose Pay by Purchase Order when you are checking out. We will connect with you via email to set up your order.
We will send you an email with login credentials to access the report. You will also be able to download the pdf.
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