DUBLIN, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
The "Powder Bed Fusion Markets and Technologies 2018" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
This study is the first of its kind to specifically examine polymer powder bed fusion markets for 3D printing, and seeks to identify areas of opportunity which are emerging in the segment at a professional and industrial level across markets of aerospace, automotive, healthcare, print services, consumer products, industrial equipment, and much more. As the global chemical and plastics communities have become increasingly involved, the expansion of available printable polymer powders promises to expand the accessibility of the technology, with materials like polypropylene, PAEK polymers, and various elastomers.
In this report, the researcher presents a complete market analysis with an emphasis on market data and competitive dynamics of the polymer powder bed fusion 3D printing industry. Market data and forecasts cover hardware and material sales and shipments and installations of printers by geography, machine classification, and end user industry. Those with a stake directly in powder bed fusion 3D printing, as well as those with an interest in the overall polymer 3D printing solutions market, should understand the factors and trends affecting each individual polymer printing technology widely available today in order to best inform strategic direction and investments.
In 2018, the polymer additive manufacturing market is increasingly segmented between several leading print processes, all of which are developing into significant global technology markets for manufacturing. Powder bed fusion technology for the printing of polymers is often considered the most industry ready' polymer printing process thanks to its unique features and benefits, and as a result the market is beginning to pull the technology into industrial environments on a wider scale.
Developers of powder bed fusion technology, however, face technical challenges to meet the requirements of more serious production deployments, and are now working full speed to address these demands. On the laser sintering side of the market, many are borrowing advancements from metal powder bed fusion over the last few years, a process family that has leapfrogged polymer laser sintering technologies in terms of industrial capabilities. However, an entirely new class of polymer powder bed fusion technology has now officially hit prime time, as HP's Multi Jet Fusion continues to build a sales backlog, while new efforts from Xaar to commercialize a similar High Speed Sintering technology are now hitting full stride in conjunction with both Stratasys and voxeljet.
From the Report:
- Polymer powder bed fusion technology has long been regarded as perhaps the most readily available 3D polymer printing technology which bridges the gap between typical rapid prototyping printing and real manufacturing of end use components. But just like the other polymer 3D printing technologies, what once was standard in the powder bed fusion segment is now changing, with a great influx of competitors to challenge the historic leaders, and entirely new methods of sintering polymer powders based on a combination of inkjet and infrared heating rather than lasers.
- For the classic and still widely employed laser sintering process, polymer technologies are benefitting greatly from the efforts in the metal powder bed fusion segment with regards to industrialization -and area where metal technologies suddenly have leapfrogged polymer printers. These efforts have resulted in new and increasingly prevalent polymer powder bed fusion hardware featuring automated powder handling and unpacking, removable build modules for greater uptime during the cooling cycle, and greater emphasis on high temperature printing capabilities to expand material options.
- The combined geographic region of Asia Pacific, including China, will challenge the North American and European regions for investment into powder bed fusion 3D printers, and is expected to spend more on powder bed fusion systems than any other region in 2019.
Key Topics Covered:
Chapter One: Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Markets and Opportunities
1.1 Global Powder Bed Fusion Hardware Market Landscape and Dynamics in 2018
1.1.1 Current and Forecasted Polymer Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing Hardware Opportunities
1.1.2 Regional Considerations and Dynamics for Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing
1.2 Comparing Laser Sintering and Thermal Inkjet Methods in Popular Powder Bed Fusion Applications
1.3 Technical Evolution in Polymer-Based Powder Bed Fusion Printing Move Market in New Directions
1.3.1 Multi-laser Manufacturing Oriented Systems
1.3.2 Multi-material Powder Bed Fusion Printing
1.3.3 Efforts to Integrate Color Printing Solutions
1.3.4 Process Automation Efforts for Polymer Powder Bed Fusion
Chapter Two: Overview of Print Materials Market for Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing
2.1 Established Powder Bed Fusion Thermoplastics and Polymers
2.1.1 Neat Polyamides and Composite Polyamide Materials (Nylons)
2.1.2 PEEK and PEKK
2.2 Emerging Opportunities in Thermoplastics and Polymers for Powder Bed Fusion
2.2.1 TPU and Elastomeric Polymers
2.2.2 Semicrystalline Polymers - Polypropylene and Polyethylene, and High-Performance Semicrystalline Thermoplastics
2.3 Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Materials Market Sizing and Opportunities
Chapter Three: Review of Major Application Areas and End User Segments for Powder Bed Fusion: 2018 and Beyond
3.1 Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Hardware Metrics by End User Industry
3.2 Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Material Metrics by End User Industry
Chapter Four: Analysis of Leading Competitive Entities in Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Printing
4.1 3D Systems
4.3 HP Inc.
4.9 Lehmann & Voss
Appendix A: Discussion of Methodology
A1. Forecasting and Market Tracking Methodologies Used in This Report
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