Polymer 3D printing will be $16-billion industry by 2027

3D printingIncreasing industrialization efforts across various plastic printing technologies will result in $16 billion in industry revenues from the sale of printers and polymer-based print materials by 2027, according to an annual market study on the polymer and plastic additive manufacturing market published by SmarTech Publishing (Crozet, VA).

The study provides in-depth analysis of the technologies, including material extrusion, powder bed fusion, vat photo polymerization, material jetting and binder jetting processes, as well as materials ranging from thermoplastic filaments, pellets and powders to thermoplastic composites. It also offers insights on four end-user segments—dentistry, biomedical, automotive and aerospace—that SmarTech believes will drive market growth over the next decade.

Technology perspectives

Extrusion-based 3D printing generated more than 41% of all hardware revenues for polymer 3D printing in professional environments in 2017, according to SmarTech. Efforts to industrialize the classic extrusion printing concept are taking shape primarily in two areas: Increasing the isotropic properties and Z-axis strength of parts, and improving the potential for high-throughput manufacturing potential. Companies such as BASF, Stratasys, BigRep, Essentium and dozens more are working to redesign and improve filament extruders, develop thermoplastic composite materials, create multi-axis extrusion systems and focus on high-volume, swarm manufacturing using printer farms, notes the study.

Regarding vat photo-polymerization technology, the possibilities and scope of layer-free photo polymerization continue to push the technology into new realms of direct end-use part manufacturing, according to SmarTech. New, more-reactive resins result in strong, long-life plastic parts of modest sizes. Meanwhile, concurrent efforts to automate pre- and post-processing steps present attractive serial manufacturing capabilities for the near future. SmarTech estimates that within 10 years, nearly 50% of vat photo-polymerization machines sold will feature a layer-free printing architecture.

Powder bed fusion technology for polymers continues to benefit greatly from efforts in metals additive manufacturing using similar processes. Polymer powder bed fusion systems reportedly are now reaping the benefits of industrialization through parallelized machine design to increase productivity, high-temperature processing for material expansion and automated materials handling and post processing. SmarTech expects that shipments of powdered thermoplastic materials to support powder bed fusion markets will ultimately grow to nearly double that of the next closest polymer printing technology by 2027.

End-user markets

While diverse markets will benefit from advances in 3D printing, the report highlights four segments that SmarTech sees as big-time adopters and drivers of the technology over the next decade, Scott Dunham, Vice President of Research, told PlasticsToday.

The dental segment is going to play a big role in the overall printing industry over the next 10 years, and it has already ramped up, especially in the last two years, says Dunham. “We’ve studied this in-depth and produced our own study of printing in dentistry, but in the context of the broader plastics industry, the dental segment is going to drive a lot of demand for printing materials in light-cure liquid materials, commonly referred to as photopolymers. The applications in this segment are known for their use of increasingly specialized photopolymers tailored to individual dental applications, and there is evidence to support that the entire dental industry, ranging from the laboratory to the clinic/office, will transition over time to embrace 3D printing as the primary means of dental device production,â€� says Dunham.

SmarTech also looked at the biomedical space, excluding the segments of bioprinting that relate to organ regeneration and pharmacology. 3D-printed anatomical models and surgical guides are seeing tremendous growth, as we have reported in PlasticsToday. “Anatomical models made via 3D printing are going to become a standard for medical diagnostics, advanced training and personalized surgery,â€� predicts Dunham. “They’ve already begun picking up velocity over the last few years, expanding out of their main use case in cranio-maxillo-facial surgeries into other more widely used practice areas like cardiology, general oncology and orthopedic care.â€�

The capability to print custom medical devices, adds Dunham, makes an especially strong value proposition.

State Department Gives Up Case Against 3D Printed Gun Pioneer

A Liberator pistol appears next to the 3D printer on which its components were made / Getty Images

July 15, 2018 5:00 am

The Department of State settled with the Second Amendment Foundation, Cody Wilson, and his company Defense Distributed on Wednesday, dropping claims that posting firearms designs on the internet violated an arms export law.

In the settlement, the State Department has agreed to waive prior restraint, which was imposed in 2013 against the plaintiffs, allowing Wilson and Defense Distributed to begin posting gun designs on the internet again. They also agreed to pay for what plaintiffs described as a “significant portion” of their attorney’s fees. Defense Distributed will also be refunded the $10,000 in registration fees it had paid to the State Department.

In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Wilson said he believes the settlement was inevitable because he believes the State Department had a bad case.

“I think by the end DOJ realized they don’t actually want to argue with this because it’s such a stinker from a First Amendment point of view,” Wilson told the Free Beacon. “So, I really think they needed to get out from under it and they already had the export control reform so they literally offered me a modification of the ITAR. They literally rewrite the ITAR for Defense Distributed in an anticipation of the change in the rules. Who knows when that happens, like a year from now. I don’t know. All this suggests they really needed to run away from it because we took it down to the mat.”

Wilson said his company is planning to launch Defcad.com as a new resource for posting and sharing gun designs.

“Basically, because of the settlement, if you submit to me and we post through Defcad by these new rules in the ITAR, that information becomes public domain and so it becomes for all time,” Wilson said. “So let’s say Oprah gets elected in 2020 or whatever, and decides ‘you know what this sucks, I’m not gonna do this anymore,’ well, whatever got posted in the meantime on Defcad that’s for all time, that’s good, that’s in the comments and nobody can come back and get that. And that’s a very interesting thing that I don’t think people understand yet.”

He said that while he first gained notoriety over his innovative work with 3D-printed firearms and the State Department actions were in response to that, the settlement will allow people to share far more than designs intended for 3D-printers.

“People don’t get what you mean when you say 3D,” Wilson said. “We ain’t just talking about 3D printers and liberator pistols. We’re talking about all the engineered drawings, cad drawings, everything related to technical data of all the guns we know and care about. And, of course, the new things. The things we haven’t seen yet.”

Defcad, Wilson hopes, will become a hub for gun designers as well as hobbyists.

“We’ll try to build a resource for our culture, our industry,” he said. “Maybe it would help new companies form faster and other people collaborate together better. Because there’s not really a standardized place right now.”

He said the settlement will breathe new life into the online gun-rights community.

“The biggest takeaway is that this really is an opportunity for the Second Amendment to have new life on the Internet,” Wilson told the Free Beacon. “It’s not really about 3D printing. 3D printing’s a good handle, but in essence that venture we had with 3D printing gave us access to a monopoly power to put all the data related to all guns on the Internet. It’s a beautiful expansion. I would think it’s actually difficult to overstate how important it might be to our movement.”

Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation founder, said the settlement was as much a win for the First Amendment as the Second.

“Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” he said in a statement. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semiautomatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.”

Wilson said he expected the State Department’s admission that AR-15s and other semiautomatic-only firearms are not inherently military weapons would be used in future litigation against bans on so-called assault weapons and other firearms.

“You’ve got the federal government being like literally for purposes of regulating weapons of war—the AR-15 is not a weapon of war,” Wilson said. “You can take that to the bank. And I expect people will.”

He said that while Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court may lead to future legal victories for the gun-rights movement, the settlement between his company and the State Department is a reason for gun-rights advocates to be happy right now.

“This stuff here is good Second Amendment news right now, not stuff you have to wait for two years from now,” Wilson said.

Global Aircraft Engine MRO Market 2018-2022| Introduction of 3D Printing Technology to Drive …

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio analysts forecast the global aircraft engine MRO market to grow at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest market research report.

The introduction of 3D printing technology is one of the major trends being witnessed in the global aircraft engine MRO market 2018-2022. Additive manufacturing comprises the use of digital three-dimensional design data to build a component in layers by depositing material. The application of this technique has been growing in aerospace manufacturing because of the advancement in 3D printing.


According to Technavio analysts, one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the global aircraft engine MRO market is the increasing investments in MRO facilities

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According to a senior analyst at Technavio for research on maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), “In January 2017, two major vendors confirmed Poland as the location for their new joint venture to service two crucial engine types that are manufactured by one of the vendors. These two engine types are being used in the aircraft of a key airline carrier. This MRO facility is expected to be located in the Legnica Special Economic Zone.�

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EMEA held the largest share of the market in 2017, accounting for close to 38% share. It was followed by APAC and the Americas respectively. In mature markets such as North America and Europe, the domestic growth rates are below the global average. But, the increasing flight connectivity in emerging markets provides more growth opportunities.


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Global Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market Professional Survey Report 2018 with focus on …

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In this report the Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market is valued (valuation provided in sample report) million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD (forecast provided in sample report) million by end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of (percentage provided in sample report) annually between 2018 and 2025.

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Geographically the leading manufacturers, exporters, and retailers(if applicable) around the world are analyzed for this research report. Below are the business entities covered in the report:
Concept Laser GmbH
3D Systems
Arcam AB
Wuhan Binhu
Bright Laser Technologies
Huake 3D

Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering
North America
Southeast Asia
Other regions (Central & South America, Middle East & Africa)

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North America
United States
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)

By Application, the market can be split into
Aerospace Industry
Automotive Industry
Healthcare & Dental
Academic Institutions

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To analyze and study the global Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
Focuses on the key Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
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In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

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Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
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Global Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market Professional Survey Report 2018

Chapter 1: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market Overview
Chapter 2: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Competition by Players/Suppliers, Type and Application
Chapter 3: United States Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market(Volume, Value and Sales Price)
Chapter 4: China Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market(Volume, Value and Sales Price)
Chapter 5: Europe Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market(Volume, Value and Sales Price)
Chapter 6: Japan Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market(Volume, Value and Sales Price)
Chapter 7: Southeast Asia Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market(Volume, Value and Sales Price)
Chapter 8: India Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market(Volume, Value and Sales Price)
Chapter 9: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Players/Suppliers Profiles and Sales Data
Chapter 10: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Manufacturing Cost Analysis
Chapter 11: Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers
Chapter 12: Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders
Chapter 13: Market Effect Factors Analysis
Chapter 14: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market Forecast (2018-2025)
Chapter 15: Research Findings and Conclusion
Chapter 16: Appendix

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