3D Printing: Material and Equipment Opportunities, Trends, and Markets 2015-2020 - New Report Identifies 225 Suppliers

Aug 19, 2015, 07:11 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/wtpf24/3d_printing) has announced the addition of the "3D Printing: Material and Equipment Opportunities, Trends, and Markets" report to their offering.

In the report we identify 225 suppliers of the two common thermoplastic filaments for FFF printers - PLA (Polylactic Acid) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). The growing numbers of third-party material suppliers if causing additional fragmentation of the 3D printing industry. 3D printer manufacturers such as Stratasys and 3D Systems have tried unsuccessfully to limit third-party suppliers, since they encroach on their own materials sold with specificity for their own 3D printers.

3D printing industry remains highly fragmented across different printers, materials, and software. This fragmentation in the 3D industry will be a catalyst for growth, as no single company controls the majority of the market, according to The Information Network's report The Information Network.

There are nearly 200 printer suppliers described in the report with products on the market, and an average of 1.4 different printers per supplier. This does not count home-made 3D printers that can be built in one day for less than $200.

Of the 250 printers described in the report, 200 are fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers, also called fused deposition modeling (FDM), a term penned by Stratasys. Ranging in price from $250 to $10,000, items are produced by extruding small strands of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion from the nozzle.

The large market for FFF printers has cultivated another business that is further fragmenting the 3D printing market - materials. Materials represented 19.4% of the 3D printing industry in 2013, which in our analysis includes materials, printers, service bureaus, and spare parts. In the report, we note that materials will be the fastest growing sector of the industry, representing a 22.1% share in 2020.

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 3D Printing Overview

2.1 Benefits Of 3D Printing
2.2 Limitations Of 3D Printing
2.3 3D Market Segmentation
2.4 Regional Activities

Chapter 3Market Analyses

3.1 Introduction
3.2 3D Printing Industry
3.3 3D Printing Industry By Geographic Region
3.4 3D Printer Forecast
3.5 3D Printing Service Bureau Forecast
3.6 3D Printing Industry By Application
3.7 Materials

Chapter 4 Technology Issues and Trends

4.1 Selective laser sintering (SLS)
4.2 Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)
4.4 Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
4.4 Stereolithography (SLA)
4.5 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) [Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)]
4.6 Laser Powder Forming (LPF)
4.7 PolyJet Technology
4.8 Laser Powder Forming (LPF)

Chapter 5 Equipment Suppliers

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Profiles Of Major Printer Manufacturers
5.3 Open Source (RepRaps)

Chapter 6Materials And Materials Suppliers

6.1. Plastics/Thermoplastics
6.2 Powders
6.3 Advanced Materials
6.4 Third Party Material Infrastructure
6.5 Equipment Supplier Material Infrastructure

Chapter 7 Applications

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Electronics/High-Tech
7.3 Medical
7.4 Automotive
7.5 Aerospace
7.6 Consumer Products
7.7 Military/Defense
7.7 Industrial Products
7.9 Educational

Companies Mentioned

- 3D Systems
- Arcam AB (Sweden)
- Beijing TierTime (China)
- Blue Printer
- CONCEPT Laser GmbH (Germany)
- Cincinnati Inc.
- Digital Wax Systems (DWS) (Italy)
- EOS GmbH (Germany)
- EnvisionTEC GmbH (Germany)
- ExOne (XONE)
- ExOne Company
- Hewlett-Packard
- Höganäs AB (Sweden)
- Mark Forged
- Materialise NV (Belgium)
- Mcor Technologies Ltd. (Ireland)
- Mitsubishi
- Organovo
- ProtoPlant
- Renishaw plc (UK)
- SLM Solutions GmbH (Germany)
- Shaanxi (China)
- Shapeways (The Netherlands)
- Sintermask GmbH (Germany)
- Stratasys
- voxeljet AG (Germany)

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