Global 3D Printing Materials Market: Snapshot 

The global 3D printing materials is estimated to grow significantly in the years to come on account of the growing demand for 3D printing technology across industries such as medical, consumer electronics, automotive, consumer products, and aerospace. The emergence of new printing materials such as metals will further boost the growth of this market. The support received by various regulatory bodies and governmental bodies for the use of 3D printing technology across industries shall also drive the growth prospects of this market. The high demand for 3D printing materials from the education sector is also one of the key drivers of the market. 

Availability in Wide Range of Colors to Drive Plastic as Most Popular Product Segment

By product, the plastics segment led in the market and accounted for 48% of the market in 2013. Some of the types of polymers used for 3D printing are PLA, ABS, polycarbonate, PMMA, and PVC. The demand for plastics is high in the 3D printing materials market owing to their flexibility and enhanced durability. Moreover, plastics are available in a wide range of colors, and thus is an attractive option for printing materials. 

Electronics and Consumer Products Segment to Lead in 3D Printing Materials Market  

Of the various applications of 3D printing materials such as education, medical, aeronautics, electronics and consumer products, industrial, and automotive, the segment that led in the past was electronics and consumer products, trailed by automotive segment. In fact, the electronics and consumer products segment will continue to lead throughout the forecast period and emerge as the segment witnessing rapid growth, witnessing a CAGR of 17% between 2014 and 2020. The growing use of electronics and consumer products for personal use is driving the growth of this segment. 

Asia Pacific to Witness Fastest Growth in 3D Printing Materials Market 

On the basis of geography, the market is anticipated to witness fastest growth in the Asia Pacific region. Previously, North America held the leading position and accounted for 37% of the market in 2013. The growing adoption of 3D printing technology in China and Japan is expected to fuel the growth prospects of the Asia Pacific 3D printing materials market. Europe is also slated to witness a remarkable growth during the forecast period, apart from North America. On the other hand, the Rest of the World is likely to experience sluggish growth in the 3D printing materials market in the years to come. The limited scope for 3D printing technology in the region is one of the key restraints hampering the growth of the market in this part of the world.

3D Printing Materials to Witness High Demand from Medical and Education Sectors

The manufacturing of organs such as liver and heart and the fabrication of human tissues require 3D printing. 3D printing is also being used in medicines. They are used for making dental crowns and for root canal treatments, thus driving the demand for 3D printing materials. The rising use of 3D printing equipment and thus, 3D printing materials in the education sector will propel the growth of this market. High use of desktop and even professional 3D printers will subsequently create a demand for 3D printing materials.

3D printing materials are raw materials used in the manufacture of objects through 3D printers. Digital files used for 3D printing are converted into tangible objects with the help of 3D materials. These materials possess enhanced properties such as durability, flexibility, stability and high sensitivity. 3D materials can be classified into plastics, ceramics, metals and others. Rising demand for 3D printing technology, regulatory support from the government and increasing adoption of 3D printing across government and education sectors is further expected to boost the demand for 3D printing materials in the next few years. Additionally, manufacturers of 3D printers are continuously focusing on the development of new 3D printing materials, which would provide improved surface finish and high strength 3D models. This, in turn, is expected to provide new opportunities for the 3D printing materials market.
This report provides a detailed view of the global 3D printing materials market, considering 2013 as the base year. It forecasts the global 3D printing materials market from 2014 to 2020. The report includes in-depth analysis of the global 3D printing materials market in terms of volume (Tons) and revenue (USD Million) from 2013 to 2020. It also comprises several tables and graphs, which provide a detailed explanation of various facts and findings of the global 3D printing materials market. Various authenticated sources have been used to refine and provide a comprehensive and accurate research on the 3D printing materials market. Interviews with key industry leaders were conducted along with secondary research during the course of the study. Various governmental regulations and their effects on the 3D printing materials market were studied in detail. 
The report also provides key drivers and restraints, and their impact on the global 3D printing materials market during the forecast period. It highlights new opportunities for key industry participants in the 3D printing materials market. The report includes business strategies of leading companies in the market. Furthermore, it provides market attractiveness analysis of various end-use industries to help understand the potential of 3D printing materials in the near future.
The study segments the 3D printing materials market based on products and applications on a global as well as regional level. Each product is further studied on the basis of the regional demand from 2013 to 2020. The report includes analysis of major geographical regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World.
The report uses analytical tools such as Porter’s Five Forces model to provide a detailed view on the overall competition in the global 3D printing materials market. The Porter’s Five Forces model provides in-depth analysis of the impact of buyers, new entrants, suppliers, substitutes and the degree of competition in the global 3D printing materials market. The report also includes value chain analysis, which studies various components of the 3D printing materials market. Value chain analysis provides the degree of integration exhibited by the leading companies in the market. Major raw material manufacturers and suppliers are identified using this tool. Major supply agreements signed among companies are also mentioned in detail in the report. Value chain analysis provides information of the various distribution channels employed by major players in the market.
The study includes profiles of key market participants such as 3D Systems, Inc., Arcam AB, Concept Laser GmbH, EOS GmbH ExOne GmbH, Solidscape Inc., Optomec, SLM Solutions GmbH, Stratasys Ltd and Voxeljet AG. Company profiles comprise parameters such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies and recent developments. These would help companies formulate appropriate strategies to achieve competitive advantage and expand their market share. The market has been segmented as shown below:
3D Printing Materials Market - Product Segment Analysis
  • Ceramics
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Others (Including wax and laywood)
3D Printing Materials Market – Application Analysis
  • Electronics & Consumer Products
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Industrial
  • Education
  • Aerospace
  • Others (Including military and architecture)
3D Printing Materials Market – Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

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