Global 3d Printing Market Research Report - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2021

3D printing is a process of making a three dimensional (3D) object based on 3D model data using additive materials. It is also known as additive printing technology or additive manufacturing. 3D printing works through an industrial robot or 3D printer. In the printing process, the computer controls the material that is placed in layers to form geometry shapes. In addition, complex designs are manufactured using 3D printing technologies in various fields.

Fused Disposition Modeling (FDM), Wax Disposition Modeling (WDM), Stereo-lithography (SLA), Binder-Jetting, Poly-Jet Printing, Selective Laser Sintering, Direct Metal Laser Sintering, Electron Beam Melting (EBM), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), Three-Dimensional Inkjet Printing (3DP), and other are the technologies that are used in the global 3D printing market.

Polymers, metals, ceramics, etc. are the materials used in 3D printing depending on the need of the industry. These materials are further bifurcated such as polymers that includes polylactic acid (PLA), low-density polyethylene, photopolymers, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), high-density polyethylene, nylon, and others polymers; Metals and alloys are classified as titanium, copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, steel, silver, aluminium, and other metals and alloys; ceramics are bifurcated as glass, silica, quartz, etc., and others segment can be broadly classified as wax, laywood, metal foil, porcelain, edible materials, clay, paper, etc.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactic acid (PLA) are the major sub-segments of polymer materials in the global 3D printing market. These plastics are used for its durability and flexibility with wide color ranges. Metals are strong but expensive material to be used in this industry.

The industries where the 3D printing methods majorly applied are government & defense, aerospace, automotive, consumer products, healthcare, industrial/business machines, education & research, arts,...