Comparing 17 vendors in 3D Printing Materials across 89 criteria.
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May 29, 2023
360 Quadrants releases a list of "Top 17 3D Printing Materials Companies, Worldwide 2023" in partnership with MarketsandMarkets. The report recognizes standouts in the 3D Printing Materials market, ranging from mid-sized enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. The vendor evaluation was conducted on over two hundred companies of which the top 17 were categorized and recognized as the new economic quadrant leaders.
Key trends highlighted in 360 Quadrants:
- The global 3D printing materials market was valued at USD 2.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 7.9 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 25.6% during the forecasted period. This growth is attributed to the rising demand from the aerospace & defense and automotive industries.
- In terms of regional analysis, the North American market contributed the highest share of ~32.4% share in terms of value and nearly 30.9% share in terms of volume in 2022. This share can further increase because of the new entrants in the market. The North American market was followed by Europe accounting for ~32% in 2022. Asia Pacific market accounted for a market share of nearly 23.4% in 2022. The increasing demand from the healthcare and aerospace & defense industries is expected to drive the growth of this market in the Asia Pacific region. Further, countries like China, the US, Japan, Germany, and the UK are estimated to be some of the key markets for 3D printing materials.
- Based on the type, the 3D printing materials market has been classified into plastics, metals, ceramics, and others which include wax, lay wood, and bio-inks. In 2022, it was observed that the metal segment accounted for the highest share of nearly 56%. This growth is mainly attributed to the rising demand from the aerospace and defense and automotive industries. The plastics segment accounted for the second largest share in the 3D printing materials market, as plastics are being highly consumed as these materials have enhancement properties of different grades and are finding wide applicability in the healthcare and aerospace & defense industries. Other 3D printing materials are also gaining traction through usage in various end applications.
- In terms of form, the filament segment dominated the overall market in 2022 which is mainly due to the easy availability, reduced prices of 3D printers that use filaments to create 3D printed objects, and availability of multiple technologies used for printing. However, the powder segment dominated the market in terms of value, owing to the high prices of metal powder.
- Various technologies are being used to create 3D-printed objects. These include Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), and other technologies. It was observed FDM dominated the 3D printing materials market owing to the ease of availability and its ability to print different types of materials. DMLS technology is further expected to grow at the fastest rate because of the rising demand for metal materials.
- The 3D printing materials market is dominated by players such as Stratasys, 3D Systems, Inc., Materialise, General Electric, and EOS, among others. These companies account for a ~32.7% share of the market. The market has been observed to be consolidated and most of these companies have a strong presence in Europe. The major strategies identified in the market include investments & expansions, mergers & acquisitions, and agreements and partnerships.
- In 3D printing materials market, Stratasys and 3D Systems are considered as top players as they had a wide material offering in the 3D printing market including plastics, metals, ceramics, elastomers, resins and others for various end-use industries such as aerospace, automotive, healthcare and others. These companies also spent high on R&D to develop materials for targeting all kinds of 3D printing technologies.
- Companies like General Electric, Sandvik, Höganäs, and Carpenter Technology only cater to 3D printing metals market, but they are focused on high end industries such as aerospace and industrial goods market. On the other hand, companies like Arkema, EOS, and Markforged are targeting 3D high performance polymer materials such as PEKK and composite materials for high end applications.
- Materialise, Henkel, Proto Labs, and Formlabs had a wide product offering including metals, plastics and ceramics for 3D printing market and are focused on developing new materials, but their revenue is limited due to geographical restrictions, and they face huge competition from local, regional and global established players in the 3D printing materials market.
- BASF, Evonik Industries and 3D Ceram are emerging companies in the 3D printing materials market. BASF and Evonik industries has recently started to explore opportunities in the 3D printing ecosystem by adding polymers and resins in their product portfolios to cater the demand of 3D printing market whereas 3D Ceram only deals in the 3D printing ceramics which is in the developing phase.
The Full List
The Full List
|Logo||Company||Headquarters||Year Founded||Holding Type|
|3D Systems||Rock Hill, USA||1986||Public|
|Carpenter Technology||Philadelphia, USA||1889||Public|
|General Electric||Boston, USA||1892||Public|
|Proto Labs||Maple Plain, USA||1999||Public|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses a variety of materials to build three-dimensional items. Thermoplastics such as polylactic acid (PLA) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) are popular materials due to their ease of usage and adaptability. Other polymers, such as polyamide (nylon), polycarbonate (PC), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), have varying levels of strength and durability. Metals such as aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel can also be 3D printed using techniques such as selective laser melting (SLM) or electron beam melting (EBM). Furthermore, composite materials, resins, ceramics, and even food-grade materials have been adapted for 3D printing, boosting the possibilities for various applications and sectors.
There are several high-strength materials commonly used in 3D printing. Here are a few examples: Nylon (Polyamide): Nylon is a popular choice for high-strength applications due to its excellent mechanical properties, including high impact resistance, toughness, and durability. It has good chemical resistance and can be used for functional parts, gears, tooling, and structural components. Polycarbonate (PC): Polycarbonate is a strong and impact-resistant material that exhibits excellent heat resistance and mechanical properties. It is commonly used in applications that require high strength, such as engineering prototypes, tooling, and functional end-use parts. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Filaments: These filaments are composite materials that combine a base polymer, such as PLA or nylon, with carbon fibers. The addition of carbon fibers significantly enhances the strength, stiffness, and heat resistance of the printed parts. Carbon fiber reinforced filaments are used in various applications, including aerospace, automotive, and robotics. Ultem (Polyetherimide): Ultem is a high-performance thermoplastic known for its exceptional strength, heat resistance, and chemical resistance. It is commonly used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and medical for applications requiring high mechanical performance and thermal stability. Metal Filaments: There are metal-based filaments available for 3D printing that contain a percentage of metal particles mixed with a polymer matrix. These filaments enable the creation of metal-like objects with improved strength and weight. While the printed parts are not pure metal, they can have enhanced mechanical properties suitable for certain applications. It's important to note that printing with these high-strength materials often requires specialized 3D printers with higher temperature capabilities and, in some cases, heated beds or enclosures. Additionally, the optimal settings and techniques for printing these materials may vary, so it's advisable to consult specific material and printer manufacturer guidelines for best results.
There are several types of 3D printing technologies commonly used today. Here are some of the main ones: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF): This is the most popular and widely accessible 3D printing method. It involves melting and extruding thermoplastic filament through a nozzle to build layers and create the object. Stereolithography (SLA): SLA uses a liquid photopolymer resin that solidifies when exposed to UV light. A UV laser or projector selectively cures the resin layer by layer to create the desired object. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): SLS uses a high-power laser to selectively fuse powdered materials, such as nylon or metal, layer by layer. The unbound powder supports the printed object during the process. Digital Light Processing (DLP): Similar to SLA, DLP uses a light source (usually a projector) to cure liquid resin layer by layer. However, instead of using a laser, the entire layer is cured simultaneously. Binder Jetting: This process involves selectively depositing a binding agent onto a powdered material, layer by layer. The layers are then bonded together to form the object. It can be used with various materials, including sand, metal, and ceramic powders. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) or Selective Laser Melting (SLM): These techniques use a high-powered laser to selectively fuse or melt metal powders, layer by layer, to create metal parts with complex geometries. Electron Beam Melting (EBM): EBM is similar to SLM but uses an electron beam instead of a laser to melt and fuse metal powders, typically in a vacuum environment. These are just a few examples of the various 3D printing technologies available. Each method has its own advantages, materials compatibility, and applications.
Several software tools are used for 3D printing. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, such as Autodesk Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and Tinkercad, enables the creation and modification of 3D models. Slicing software, including Ultimaker Cura, PrusaSlicer, and Simplify3D, converts 3D models into printable instructions by generating the necessary toolpaths. MeshLab and Netfabb are used for mesh repair and analysis. Meshmixer and Autodesk Netfabb assist in preparing and optimizing models for 3D printing. Additionally, some 3D printer manufacturers offer their proprietary software, often including slicing capabilities tailored to their specific printers. The choice of software depends on the user's requirements and expertise.
Yes, it is possible to 3D print flexible materials. Flexible filaments, such as TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane), TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer), and Ninjaflex, are commonly used for 3D printing flexible parts. These materials offer good elasticity and durability, making them suitable for applications that require flexibility, such as phone cases, watchbands, and medical devices. To print with flexible materials, a direct drive extruder is typically required, as these materials are prone to buckling in Bowden-type extruders. Additionally, lower print speeds and reduced retraction settings are recommended to achieve better results and avoid filament jams.
In medical applications, materials like biocompatible resins, PEEK (polyetheretherketone), and other sterilizable plastics are used for 3D printing surgical models, implants, prosthetics, and anatomical models.
Yes, there are food-grade materials available for 3D printing. One such material is Food-Safe PLA, which is a variant of PLA filament specifically designed to be safe for contact with food. Food-Safe PLA is made from FDA-approved food-grade materials, ensuring that it meets safety standards for food contact. It is commonly used to 3D print food-related objects such as custom cookie cutters, cake toppers, and decorations. It's important to note that while the printed objects themselves may be food-safe, the 3D printer components, such as the nozzle, should also be food-grade or properly cleaned to maintain hygiene.
While 3D printing with actual wood is not possible, there are wood-like filaments made from a combination of polymers and wood fibers that give a similar appearance and texture to printed objects.
Important factors to consider include the desired properties (strength, flexibility, heat resistance), the intended application, printer compatibility, cost, and availability of the material. It's essential to choose a material that meets the specific requirements of the intended use case.
Yes, there are transparent materials like clear resins or filament-based materials that can be used for 3D printing transparent or translucent objects, such as prototypes, lenses, or light diffusers.