3d Printing Material Market

3d Printing Material Market

3D Printing Materials Market Forecasts to 2028 - Global Analysis By Form (Filament, Powder, Liquid), Technology (Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Digital Light Processing (DLP), Other Technologies), Type (Plastic, Thermoplastics, Polymers, Ceramic, Metal, Other Types), and By Gerography

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Published: 2023 ID: SMRC22644

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2022)

US $2.5 BN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $5.7 BN

CAGR (2022 - 2028)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market


Highest Growing Market

North America

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global 3D Printing Material Market is accounted for $2.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $5.7 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 14.1% during the forecast period. Three-dimensional (3D) printing, sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing (AM) and digital fabrication technology, is the process of making a physical object out of a digital design. It makes use of a variety of materials, including paper, plastic, epoxies, ceramics, metals, carbon fibres, graphite. Rapid prototyping, or the quick manufacture of a physical part, model, or assemble utilising 3D computer assisted design, is made possible (CAD). Currently, it finds many uses in the mass modification and creation of open-source designs in the automobile, electronics, and healthcare sectors.

As per the statistics in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s database, the ICT good exports (% of total good exports) globally grew from 10.816 in 2015 to 11.536 in 2019. In 2019, these exports in Hong Kong SAR, China amounted to 56.65%, 25.23% in East Asia & Pacific, 26.50% in China, 25.77% in Korea, Rep., 8.74% in the United States, and 35.01% in Vietnam.

Market Dynamics:


Growing Demand for 3D Printing Materials in Healthcare

In terms of volume, the healthcare industry is the one using 3D printing materials the fastest. Surgical equipment, prostheses & implant, and tissue engineering instruments are all medical products manufactured utilising 3D printing. The fields of orthopaedics, dentistry, Craniomaxillofacial, and others benefit from the usage of 3D printing materials. The use of additive manufacturing to create goods that correspond to the physiology of the patient is extremely advantageous.


Lack of standard process control

The uniformity of each procedure for 3D printing varies because of unpredictable processing parameters and material variations depending on the equipment and manufacturer. Very few monitoring tools now available do so by highlighting irregularities in the 3D printing process. It is challenging to create thorough and accurate mathematical models utilising 3D printing, especially in complicated and specialized applications like aerospace, healthcare, and military defence. This is because there is a lack of data accessible for the process control. Limitations in the pre- and post-production processes, process control, and planning stage can lead to manufacturing failures and incorrect outputs.


Increasing Adoption of 3D Printing Technology

The market's rapid rise will be aided in the near future by the rising shift from conventional print to 3D printing technology. A few advantages of 3D printing are less waste, more complex designs, cost effectiveness, and improved design modification. Also, the expanding understanding of the irrefutable benefits of 3D printing technology has attracted producers from a number of industries. The method is being utilised to produce new products more affordably in the culinary, footwear, music, jewellery, and medical industries. The market share for 3D printing materials will grow as a result in the future years. Also, the market will grow quickly over the course of the forecast period as a result of the rising demand for 3D printed parts in aerospace, automotive, and military applications. In a while, designers can create intricate parts because to 3D printing's low cost and industrial viability. Because of its superior mechanical properties and high level of dimensional accuracy, titanium is commonly utilised to make parts for the aircraft industry.


High Cost

The expensive nature of the technology may limit the growth of the 3D printing sector. The expense of purchasing the necessary 3D printing equipment is high initially. Since these machines require 50 - 100 times more electricity than injection moulding when burning plastic with lasers or heat, they are unsuited for small-batch manufacturing runs. The materials used in the industrial-grade 3D printers for the automotive industry are very expensive when compared to conventional manufacture. In addition, 3D printers are difficult to use and manage because they need specific tools and equipment in addition to high voltage power sources.

Covid-19 Impact

The COVID-19 issue instantly caused problems with supply chains and output to stop in industries located and the manufacturing sectors. The pandemic spread quickly, which caused a sharp global decline in factory output as a whole. It was demobilised, reflecting the breakdown in the supply chain and bringing the financial markets back to normal. Market participants around the world were forced to reduce operating costs as a result of the crisis. Throughout the pandemic, there was an increase of the demand for personal protective equipment, including as face masks, shields, and ear bands, which prompted the healthcare 3D printing market to undergo an unprecedented uptick. In addition, the need for regulators and recirculation valves that aid in patient breathing has increased.

The stereolithography [SLA] segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The stereolithography [SLA] segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth. A moving laser beam that is computer-controlled and pre-programmed using CAD/CAM software is used in stereolithography equipment. With this machinery, models, cosmetically acceptable prototypes, and intricate pieces with accurate geometry can all be produced in a single day. It is possible to produce stereolithography parts with an extremely high feature resolution utilising a wide variety of materials or surface treatments. When it comes to quick prototyping and project concepts that call for the production of highly accurate and finely detailed parts, stereolithography [SLA] technologies is a fantastic option. It is the ideal substitute for producing exhibits that enable the confirmation of ergonomic testing and concept concepts.

The healthcare segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The healthcare segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period. Using 3D printing technology, a number of medical products are produced, including surgical instruments, prostheses and implants, and tissue - engineered tools. Materials for 3D printing are also very useful in the medical fields of orthopaedics, dentistry, craniomaxillofacial surgery, and other related fields. Dentists are relying more and more on printable prosthetics as individualised dental models including bridge, crown, implants, and dentures are developed. Macroeconomic factors including people's bad eating habits, which promote to dental caries and tooth loss, will increase demand for dental prosthesis. Purchases of 3D printing materials are anticipated to be driven by medical applications including knee and hip replacements and surgical equipment. To carry out difficult surgical procedures, surgeons and physicians use printable models of the necessary surgical equipment.

Region with highest share:

Europe is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the presence of key players in this region, including Arkema, Materialise, EOS, and Ultimaker BV. Several multinational corporations have invested in creating and deploying 3D printing processes and materials in the region. Major automakers are also expanding their presence in this area, and 3D printing technology is being employed more and more by manufacturers. Also, as FDM-produced auto parts result in lighter automobiles with higher performance and reduced energy consumption, 3D printing materials are all in growing market in Germany and France. These elements are anticipated to fuel the expansion of market revenue in this area.

Region with highest CAGR:

North America is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period, owing to positive trends in the healthcare and aerospace sectors. The proliferation of 3D printing in numerous industries and the increased diversity of materials will both present opportunities for growth. Initiatives by the American government to advance 3D printing, together along with financing for development and research, will hasten its adoption and raise the need for 3D printing equipment and materials in the region.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the 3D Printing Material Market include 3D Systems Inc., ExOne Company, Carpenter Technology, Voxeljet AG, Arkema SA, Stratasys, Covestro AG, General Electric, Solvay, CRS Holdings Inc., BASF, Evonik Industries AG, LPW Technology Ltd. And Clariant AG

Key Developments:

In June 2021, Covestro AG and Nexeo Plastics have announced the development of a new PC/ABS filament (Addigy FPB 2684 3D) for 3D printing. The company offers this product through Nexeo Plastics' distribution platform.

In May 2021, Covestro AG launched a new 3D Printing Material (Arnite AM2001 GF (G) rPET), a glass-fiber filled recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) for 3D pellet printing, which is derived from post-consumer PET waste.

Forms Covered:
• Filament
• Powder
• Liquid

Technologies Covered:
• Stereolithography (SLA)
• Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
• Material Jetting
• Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
• Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
• Electron-beam Melting (EBM)
• PolyJet
• Binder Jetting
• Multi Jet Fusion
• Digital Light Processing (DLP)
• Other Technologies

Types Covered:
• Plastic
• Thermoplastics
• Polymers
• Ceramic
• Metal
• Other Types

Applications Covered:
• Manufacturing
• Research & Development (R&D)
• Prototyping

End Users Covered:
• Education & Research
• Construction
• Healthcare
• Industrial
• Automotive
• Aerospace & Defense
• Consumer Goods
• Other End Users

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan
o China
o India
o Australia
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Covers Market data for the years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2025, and 2028
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Preface
2.1 Abstract
2.2 Stake Holders
2.3 Research Scope
2.4 Research Methodology
2.4.1 Data Mining
2.4.2 Data Analysis
2.4.3 Data Validation
2.4.4 Research Approach
2.5 Research Sources
2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
2.5.3 Assumptions

3 Market Trend Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Drivers
3.3 Restraints
3.4 Opportunities
3.5 Threats
3.6 Technology Analysis
3.7 Application Analysis
3.8 End User Analysis
3.9 Emerging Markets
3.10 Impact of Covid-19

4 Porters Five Force Analysis
4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Threat of substitutes
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Competitive rivalry

5 Global 3D Printing Materials Market, By Form
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Filament
5.3 Powder
5.4 Liquid

6 Global 3D Printing Materials Market, By Technology
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Stereolithography (SLA)
6.3 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
6.4 Material Jetting
6.5 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
6.6 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
6.7 Electron-beam Melting (EBM)
6.8 PolyJet
6.9 Binder Jetting
6.10 Multi Jet Fusion
6.11 Digital Light Processing (DLP)
6.12 Other Technologies

7 Global 3D Printing Materials Market, By Type
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Plastic
7.3 Thermoplastics
7.4 Polymers
7.4.1 Photopolymers
7.4.2 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
7.4.3 Nylon
7.4.4 Polylactic Acid (PLA)
7.5 Ceramic
7.5.1 Glass
7.5.2 Silica Sand
7.5.3 Gypsum
7.6 Metal
7.6.1 Aluminium
7.6.2 Titanium
7.6.3 Steel
7.7 Other Types
7.7.1 Laywood
7.7.2 Paper

8 Global 3D Printing Materials Market, By Application
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Manufacturing
8.3 Research & Development (R&D)
8.4 Prototyping

9 Global 3D Printing Materials Market, By End User
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Education & Research
9.3 Construction
9.4 Healthcare
9.5 Industrial
9.6 Automotive
9.7 Aerospace & Defense
9.8 Consumer Goods
9.9 Other End Users

10 Global 3D Printing Materials Market, By Geography
10.1 Introduction
10.2 North America
10.2.1 US
10.2.2 Canada
10.2.3 Mexico
10.3 Europe
10.3.1 Germany
10.3.2 UK
10.3.3 Italy
10.3.4 France
10.3.5 Spain
10.3.6 Rest of Europe
10.4 Asia Pacific
10.4.1 Japan
10.4.2 China
10.4.3 India
10.4.4 Australia
10.4.5 New Zealand
10.4.6 South Korea
10.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
10.5 South America
10.5.1 Argentina
10.5.2 Brazil
10.5.3 Chile
10.5.4 Rest of South America
10.6 Middle East & Africa
10.6.1 Saudi Arabia
10.6.2 UAE
10.6.3 Qatar
10.6.4 South Africa
10.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa

11 Key Developments
11.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
11.2 Acquisitions & Mergers
11.3 New Product Launch
11.4 Expansions
11.5 Other Key Strategies

12 Company Profiling
12.1 3D Systems Inc.
12.2 ExOne Company
12.3 Carpenter Technology
12.4 Voxeljet AG
12.5 Arkema SA
12.6 Stratasys
12.7 Covestro AG
12.8 General Electric
12.9 Solvay
12.10 CRS Holdings Inc.
12.11 BASF
12.12 Evonik Industries AG
12.13 LPW Technology Ltd.
12.14 Clariant AG

List of Tables
1 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)
2 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Form (2020-2028) ($MN)
3 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Filament (2020-2028) ($MN)
4 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Powder (2020-2028) ($MN)
5 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Liquid (2020-2028) ($MN)
6 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Technology (2020-2028) ($MN)
7 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Stereolithography (SLA) (2020-2028) ($MN)
8 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) (2020-2028) ($MN)
9 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Material Jetting (2020-2028) ($MN)
10 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) (2020-2028) ($MN)
11 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) (2020-2028) ($MN)
12 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Electron-beam Melting (EBM) (2020-2028) ($MN)
13 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By PolyJet (2020-2028) ($MN)
14 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Binder Jetting (2020-2028) ($MN)
15 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Multi Jet Fusion (2020-2028) ($MN)
16 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Digital Light Processing (DLP) (2020-2028) ($MN)
17 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Other Technologies (2020-2028) ($MN)
18 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Type (2020-2028) ($MN)
19 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Plastic (2020-2028) ($MN)
20 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Thermoplastics (2020-2028) ($MN)
21 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Polymers (2020-2028) ($MN)
22 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Photopolymers (2020-2028) ($MN)
23 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) (2020-2028) ($MN)
24 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Nylon (2020-2028) ($MN)
25 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Polylactic Acid (PLA) (2020-2028) ($MN)
26 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Ceramic (2020-2028) ($MN)
27 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Glass (2020-2028) ($MN)
28 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Silica Sand (2020-2028) ($MN)
29 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Gypsum (2020-2028) ($MN)
30 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Metal (2020-2028) ($MN)
31 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Aluminium (2020-2028) ($MN)
32 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Titanium (2020-2028) ($MN)
33 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Steel (2020-2028) ($MN)
34 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Other Types (2020-2028) ($MN)
35 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Laywood (2020-2028) ($MN)
36 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Paper (2020-2028) ($MN)
37 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Application (2020-2028) ($MN)
38 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Manufacturing (2020-2028) ($MN)
39 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Research & Development (R&D) (2020-2028) ($MN)
40 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Prototyping (2020-2028) ($MN)
41 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By End User (2020-2028) ($MN)
42 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Education & Research (2020-2028) ($MN)
43 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Construction (2020-2028) ($MN)
44 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Healthcare (2020-2028) ($MN)
45 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Industrial (2020-2028) ($MN)
46 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Automotive (2020-2028) ($MN)
47 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Aerospace & Defense (2020-2028) ($MN)
48 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Consumer Goods (2020-2028) ($MN)
49 Global 3D Printing Materials Market Outlook, By Other End Users (2020-2028) ($MN)

Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.

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Research Methodology

We at Stratistics opt for an extensive research approach which involves data mining, data validation, and data analysis. The various research sources include in-house repository, secondary research, competitor’s sources, social media research, client internal data, and primary research.

Our team of analysts prefers the most reliable and authenticated data sources in order to perform the comprehensive literature search. With access to most of the authenticated data bases our team highly considers the best mix of information through various sources to obtain extensive and accurate analysis.

Each report takes an average time of a month and a team of 4 industry analysts. The time may vary depending on the scope and data availability of the desired market report. The various parameters used in the market assessment are standardized in order to enhance the data accuracy.

Data Mining

The data is collected from several authenticated, reliable, paid and unpaid sources and is filtered depending on the scope & objective of the research. Our reports repository acts as an added advantage in this procedure. Data gathering from the raw material suppliers, distributors and the manufacturers is performed on a regular basis, this helps in the comprehensive understanding of the products value chain. Apart from the above mentioned sources the data is also collected from the industry consultants to ensure the objective of the study is in the right direction.

Market trends such as technological advancements, regulatory affairs, market dynamics (Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities and Challenges) are obtained from scientific journals, market related national & international associations and organizations.

Data Analysis

From the data that is collected depending on the scope & objective of the research the data is subjected for the analysis. The critical steps that we follow for the data analysis include:

  • Product Lifecycle Analysis
  • Competitor analysis
  • Risk analysis
  • Porters Analysis
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The data engineering is performed by the core industry experts considering both the Marketing Mix Modeling and the Demand Forecasting. The marketing mix modeling makes use of multiple-regression techniques to predict the optimal mix of marketing variables. Regression factor is based on a number of variables and how they relate to an outcome such as sales or profits.

Data Validation

The data validation is performed by the exhaustive primary research from the expert interviews. This includes telephonic interviews, focus groups, face to face interviews, and questionnaires to validate our research from all aspects. The industry experts we approach come from the leading firms, involved in the supply chain ranging from the suppliers, distributors to the manufacturers and consumers so as to ensure an unbiased analysis.

We are in touch with more than 15,000 industry experts with the right mix of consultants, CEO's, presidents, vice presidents, managers, experts from both supply side and demand side, executives and so on.

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