3D Printing Materials 2016-2026: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts – IDTechEx.com (press release)


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The 3D Printing Materials market to overtake the 3D Printer market in 2021 and reach $9bn by 2026.

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.

Upon request the original PowerPoint can be included free of charge as part of the report purchase.

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

3D Printing was first commercialised in 1986, and adopted nearly exclusively for prototyping. In 2009, Stratasys’ key patent expired, the market place became flooded with cheap thermoplastic extruders, interest exploded, and the market for thermoplastic filament rocketed. 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 $9B by 2026. This report includes detailed state of the market, in terms of market value and volume, for:

  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastic filaments
  • Thermoplastic powders
  • Metal powders

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:

  • Welding Wire
  • Binders for metals, sand or plaster
  • Metallic thermoplastic filaments
  • Platinum-based Metallic Glass
  • Gallium-Indium Alloy
  • Ceramics
  • Biomaterials
  • Conductive thermoplastic filaments
  • Conductive inks
  • Conductive pastes
  • Conductive photopolymers
  • Graphene
  • Carbon Fibre
  • Silicone
  • Regolith
  • Wood
  • Glass

This report gives financial data and forecasts to 2026 including:

  • Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2015
  • Market Share by Material in 2015
  • 3D Printing Industry Split by Application
  • Forecast by Revenue
  • Forecast by Mass
  • Forecasts of Industry Split by Application

All report purchases include up to 30 minutes telephone time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you’re addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

If you have any questions about this report, please do not hesitate to contact our report team at research@IDTechEx.com or call one of our sales managers:

Americas (US): +1 617 577 7890

Europe (UK): +44 (0)1223 812300

Korea: +82 31 263 7890

Rest of Asia (Japan): +81 90 1704 1184

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1.1. Advantages of 3D Printing 1.2. Printing processes and material compatibility 1.3. Future of 3D printing by application 1.4. The Two Value Chains 1.5. Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2015 1.6. Market Share in 2015 1.7. Forecast by Revenue 1.8. 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 2.6. Company Start Dates 2.7. Fully Digital Work-flow 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. Applications of 3D Printed Thermoplastic Filament 5.7. Thermoplastic Filament – Key Players 5.8. Thermoplastic Filament – Chemical Suppliers 5.9. Properties of Objects 3D Printed from Thermoplastic Filament 5.10. Forecast Thermoplastic Filament Sales 5.11. Forecast for Photopolymers 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 of Thermoplastic Powders 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 for Metal Powders 8. OTHER WAYS TO 3D PRINT METALS 8.1. Welding Wire 8.2. Sand + Binder 8.3. Proto-pasta Metallic PLA Filament 8.4. Platinum-based Metallic Glass 8.5. Gallium-Indium Alloy 9. CERAMICS 9.1. SLA 9.2. Paste extrusion 9.3. Filled Thermoplastic Filaments 9.4. Binder Jetting 9.5. SLM 9.6. Blown Powder 10. BIOMATERIALS 10.1. Market 10.2. Syringe-based bioprinting 10.3. Extrusion-based bioprinting 10.4. ROKIT – Edison Invivo 3D bioprinter 10.5. Organovo 11. CONDUCTIVE MATERIALS 11.1. Electrically Conducting Materials 11.2. Functional materials 11.3. Metals 11.4. Conductive thermoplastic filaments 11.5. Conductive inks 11.6. Conductive pastes 11.7. Conductive photopolymers 11.8. Graphene 12. EMERGING MATERIALS 12.1. Carbon Fibre 12.2. Silicone 12.3. Regolith 12.4. Wood 12.5. Glass 13. DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 13.1. Thermoplastic Recycling 13.2. Selective Deposition Lamination 13.3. Faster vat photopolymerisation 13.4. LCD stereolithography 3D Printing 14. MARKETS 14.1. Markets for 3D Printing 14.2. Future of 3D printing by application 15. VALUE CHAINS 15.1. Value Network 15.2. The Two Value Chains 15.3. Value Chain Split 15.4. Three Behaviours of Thermoplastic Filament Consumption 15.5. Falling prices for free-market materials 16. STATE OF THE MARKET 16.1. Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2015 16.2. Market Share in 2015 16.3. 3D Printing Industry Split by Application 16.4. Methods and Assumptions of State of Market Data 16.5. Methods and Assumptions of the Forecast 17. FORECASTS 17.1. Forecast by Revenue 17.2. Forecast by mass 17.3. Forecasts of Industry Split by Application 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 – 3D printing metals 19.13. Impossible Objects 19.14. Legor Group 19.15. Lomiko Metals 19.16. LPW Technology Ltd 19.17. Maker Juice 19.18. NanoSteel 19.19. Nascent Objects, Inc 19.20. NinjaFlex 19.21. Norsk Titanium 19.22. Oxford Performance Materials 19.23. Photocentric 19.24. Rahn AG 19.25. Sandvik 19.26. Stratasys Ltd. 19.27. Taulman3D 19.28. TLC Korea 19.29. Toner Plastics

The 3D Printing Materials market to overtake the 3D Printer market in 2021 and reach $9bn by 2026.

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.

Upon request the original PowerPoint can be included free of charge as part of the report purchase.

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

3D Printing was first commercialised in 1986, and adopted nearly exclusively for prototyping. In 2009, Stratasys’ key patent expired, the market place became flooded with cheap thermoplastic extruders, interest exploded, and the market for thermoplastic filament rocketed. 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 $9B by 2026. This report includes detailed state of the market, in terms of market value and volume, for:

  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastic filaments
  • Thermoplastic powders
  • Metal powders

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:

  • Welding Wire
  • Binders for metals, sand or plaster
  • Metallic thermoplastic filaments
  • Platinum-based Metallic Glass
  • Gallium-Indium Alloy
  • Ceramics
  • Biomaterials
  • Conductive thermoplastic filaments
  • Conductive inks
  • Conductive pastes
  • Conductive photopolymers
  • Graphene
  • Carbon Fibre
  • Silicone
  • Regolith
  • Wood
  • Glass

This report gives financial data and forecasts to 2026 including:

  • Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2015
  • Market Share by Material in 2015
  • 3D Printing Industry Split by Application
  • Forecast by Revenue
  • Forecast by Mass
  • Forecasts of Industry Split by Application

All report purchases include up to 30 minutes telephone time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you’re addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

If you have any questions about this report, please do not hesitate to contact our report team at research@IDTechEx.com or call one of our sales managers:

Americas (US): +1 617 577 7890

Europe (UK): +44 (0)1223 812300

Korea: +82 31 263 7890

Rest of Asia (Japan): +81 90 1704 1184

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1.1. Advantages of 3D Printing 1.2. Printing processes and material compatibility 1.3. Future of 3D printing by application 1.4. The Two Value Chains 1.5. Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2015 1.6. Market Share in 2015 1.7. Forecast by Revenue 1.8. 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 2.6. Company Start Dates 2.7. Fully Digital Work-flow 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. Applications of 3D Printed Thermoplastic Filament 5.7. Thermoplastic Filament – Key Players 5.8. Thermoplastic Filament – Chemical Suppliers 5.9. Properties of Objects 3D Printed from Thermoplastic Filament 5.10. Forecast Thermoplastic Filament Sales 5.11. Forecast for Photopolymers 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 of Thermoplastic Powders 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 for Metal Powders 8. OTHER WAYS TO 3D PRINT METALS 8.1. Welding Wire 8.2. Sand + Binder 8.3. Proto-pasta Metallic PLA Filament 8.4. Platinum-based Metallic Glass 8.5. Gallium-Indium Alloy 9. CERAMICS 9.1. SLA 9.2. Paste extrusion 9.3. Filled Thermoplastic Filaments 9.4. Binder Jetting 9.5. SLM 9.6. Blown Powder 10. BIOMATERIALS 10.1. Market 10.2. Syringe-based bioprinting 10.3. Extrusion-based bioprinting 10.4. ROKIT – Edison Invivo 3D bioprinter 10.5. Organovo 11. CONDUCTIVE MATERIALS 11.1. Electrically Conducting Materials 11.2. Functional materials 11.3. Metals 11.4. Conductive thermoplastic filaments 11.5. Conductive inks 11.6. Conductive pastes 11.7. Conductive photopolymers 11.8. Graphene 12. EMERGING MATERIALS 12.1. Carbon Fibre 12.2. Silicone 12.3. Regolith 12.4. Wood 12.5. Glass 13. DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 13.1. Thermoplastic Recycling 13.2. Selective Deposition Lamination 13.3. Faster vat photopolymerisation 13.4. LCD stereolithography 3D Printing 14. MARKETS 14.1. Markets for 3D Printing 14.2. Future of 3D printing by application 15. VALUE CHAINS 15.1. Value Network 15.2. The Two Value Chains 15.3. Value Chain Split 15.4. Three Behaviours of Thermoplastic Filament Consumption 15.5. Falling prices for free-market materials 16. STATE OF THE MARKET 16.1. Revenue from 3D Printing Materials in 2015 16.2. Market Share in 2015 16.3. 3D Printing Industry Split by Application 16.4. Methods and Assumptions of State of Market Data 16.5. Methods and Assumptions of the Forecast 17. FORECASTS 17.1. Forecast by Revenue 17.2. Forecast by mass 17.3. Forecasts of Industry Split by Application 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 – 3D printing metals 19.13. Impossible Objects 19.14. Legor Group 19.15. Lomiko Metals 19.16. LPW Technology Ltd 19.17. Maker Juice 19.18. NanoSteel 19.19. Nascent Objects, Inc 19.20. NinjaFlex 19.21. Norsk Titanium 19.22. Oxford Performance Materials 19.23. Photocentric 19.24. Rahn AG 19.25. Sandvik 19.26. Stratasys Ltd. 19.27. Taulman3D 19.28. TLC Korea 19.29. Toner Plastics

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