3D Printing materials refers to the materials opted in 3D printing for creating 3D objects. These materials are added in layers to create the 3-Dimensional objects. 3D printing caters to huge application market in medical implants, aircraft, automobiles and many more.
In 2017, 3D printing materials market worth $968.6 million and is anticipated to further grow at a CAGR of 29.5% during the forecast period 2018-2023. The materials had immense demand in the North American region and had generated $461.4 million in 2017. In 3D Printing Materials Market outlook, the metal type material is forecast to increase in usage in applications like aerospace and automobiles. The Asia pacific is witnessing huge growth in the market and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 30.8%. Expansion into new regions, thereby exploring new opportunities in 3D printing materials market will widen the scope of application for this industry leading to a high growth rate.
The adoption of 3D printers to visualize and to create extremely customized products will accelerate the 3D printing market which will raise the demands of 3D printing materials. The massive application of 3D printers in medical sector for creating artificial organs such as kidney cells, cardiac tissue, human liver and other human tissues for transplanting is driving the demand of 3D printing materials. Furthermore, cancer cells and other disease cells are also printed to examine and research on the growing cause of these diseases to provide better drugs and therapy to the patients.
What are 3D Printing Materials?
In 3D printing plastic materials, Injection molding is a technique that has been widely practiced in making different objects. Earlier mud, metals, etc. were the materials molded for making tools and utensils and using very basic techniques. But the technology has led to intervention of modern techniques which are used to mold the materials such as plastics, biomaterials, polymers and thus the term 3D printing. The printing materials exist in 3 forms i.e. filament, powder and liquid and printing techniques such as fused deposition modeling, stereo lithography, selective laser sintering (SLS), Poly jet/ink jet 3D printing , binder jetting, etc. are applied to model various objects of the material. The printed objects are used in various end user industries for manufacturing, producing full-color concept models, architectural models, and visual arts projects. Laminated object manufacturing (LOM) and Electron beam melting (EBM) are also the techniques used to process 3D printing materials.
What are the major applications for 3D Printing Materials?
The major application of 3D printing materials is in modeling of the projects. The materials after being molded into the desired forms are used to prepare the full-color functional models and visual projects. The simulated designs in the soft wares are printed in reality and 3D printers are available in market according to the type of material. The 3D printing applications by material types are used in various end user industries altogether for different purposes. They are used in Medical industry to make tools and even modern technology has led to printing techniques which can replicate an organ from a tissue of human body. They are further used to manufacture aerospace and automotive mechanical parts and in construction industry to build models the techniques are also used for creating education visual models which the students can see and examine physically and also to make food storage and cooking tools. 3D materials are finding wide range of applications with the growing infrastructure and facilities to IT sector.