Rapid Prototyping Materials Market

Rapid Prototyping Materials Market

Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Forecasts to 2028 - Global Analysis By Form (Powder, Ink and Filament), Material (Ceramics, Metals & Alloys, Thermoplastics, Polymers and Other Materials), Function, Technology, End User and By Geography

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Published: 2023 ID: SMRC23096

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

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2022)

US $2.93 BN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $7.59 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

Asia Pacific

Highest Growing Market

North America

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market is accounted for $2.93 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $7.59 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 17.2% during the forecast period. Rapid prototyping is the speedy production of a physical item, model, or assembly using 3D computer-aided design. In the early stages of product development, iterating fast on an original design is a frequent phase. Rapid Prototyping Materials that are often utilized includes ABS, acrylic, polyphenylsulfone, polycarbonate, and nylon. These materials provide exceptional performance, toughness, and longevity. They offer excellent visualization, enabling designers to quickly receive input from clients and customers based on a real-world physical product.

According to the United States Food & Drug Administration surveys, the 3D printing technology, including rapid prototyping, helped the country to produce & test necessary medical parts during COVID-19.

Market Dynamics:


Numerous benefits in different applications

The adoption of rapid prototyping technologies benefits designers, developers, and engineers in a clear way. In fast prototyping, cost and time efficiency are important factors. Simple assessment and testing enable designers to provide a clear path for product improvement. To get the necessary final product qualities, a wide range of materials, geometries, and designs can be evaluated. Rapid prototyping may be used to create a special synthesis of affordability, usability, and aesthetics.


Not applicable for complex products

Complex items don't benefit as greatly from rapid prototyping. If the prototypes are not sufficiently similar to the final product in terms of look and functionality, it could not be the optimal option for testing. RP methods are used to manufacture moulds and tools in addition to visualizing design concepts (concept modeling). Many components are difficult to manufacture because of their peculiar shapes. These factors are limiting the market expansion.


Growing plastic waste management

The major decision-makers have adopted recycled plastics for quick prototyping due of the growing concern about plastic pollution. Together, many major firms created a polycarbonate filament appropriate for 3D printing using discarded bottles obtained from Nongfu Spring in China. Less carbon footprints were left behind in the finished product, which also complies with industry requirements.


High cost of materials and process

The expense of setting up rapid prototyping equipment is expensive initially. In compared to thermoplastics, ceramic materials and smart materials for rapid prototyping are costlier. The operation's overall cost is increased by the need for experienced labor and modern technology. Additionally, the market's expansion is being hampered by accuracy delays and inadequate complicated designs.

Covid-19 Impact

Rapid prototyping end-user operations were suspended entirely or in part as the COVID-19 epidemic spread in almost all significant nations. The global market's growth was stunted by a lack of thermoplastics, alloys, and other prototype materials. In addition, the providers of fast prototyping services encountered significant difficulties such slow delivery of raw materials, unpredictable downstream demand, a shortage of workers, and restricted access to the production and operating site.

The thermoplastics segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The thermoplastics segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth. A thermoplastic is the most common type of material utilized for rapid prototyping. Thermoplastics are traditionally utilized in manufacturing processes such as injection molding, compression molding, and machining; but, since the development of 3D printing, they have also been made accessible for additive extrusion and sintering procedures. Suitable for demanding applications, they are stable and resilient enough.

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. The use of rapid prototyping in surgical planning and simulation applications has created a tremendous demand in the healthcare industry. A realistic representation of a target organ in the body can be portrayed using prototypes. A rapid prototyping material finds application in the development of medical devices and instruments and extremely benefits the surgeons.

Region with largest share:

Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period. Due to low costs and easy access to raw resources, the manufacturing and construction industries have developed quickly in this region, notably in China and Japan. Additionally, it is predicted that the market would develop due to the rising demand for consumer products brought on by the expanding population.

Region with highest CAGR:

North America is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period. This region has well-established 3D printing technologies and larger number of service providers. The U.S. is the largest consumer of rapid prototyping technologies across all major end-use industries. It is also witnessing massive urbanization. Moreover, the aerospace & medical sector is flourishing in the U.S., which is further expected to grow demand for prototyping materials.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the Rapid Prototyping Materials Market include General Electric, Golden Plastics, Arcam AB, 3D Systems Corporation, LPW Technology Ltd, Arkema, Materialise NV, CRS Holdings Inc, CRP Group, Royal DSM N.V., Stratasys, Ltd., EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, Tethon 3D, 3D Ceram, Lithoz GmbH, Hoganas AB, Oxford Performance Materials, Sandvik AB and Renishaw plc.

Key Developments:

In May 2022, GE Renewable Energy launched Sierra, its newest onshore wind turbine platform designed specifically for the North America region. The Sierra platform launched with two prototypes, one in Lubbock, TX and one in Kamataka, India, with more than a year of successful run time on each.

In November 2021, Arkema announced to showcase the custom UV-curable formulations for 3D printing technology at Formnext 2021 Exhibition held in Germany. The product portfolio includes formulations such as N3D-TOUGH 784, HT-511, DMT-303, IC-163, and LF-053.

Forms Covered:
• Powder
• Ink
• Filament

Materials Covered:
• Ceramics
• Metals & Alloys
• Thermoplastics
• Polymers
• Other Materials

Functions Covered:
• Functional Prototype
• Conceptual Model

Technologies Covered:
• Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
• Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
• Stereolithography (SLA)
• Digital Light Processing (DLP)
• CNC Machining
• Casting
• Polyjet
• Multi Jet Fusion
• Other Technologies

End Users Covered:
• Aerospace
• Healthcare
• Transportation
• Consumer Goods & Electronics
• Manufacturing & Construction
• Government & Military
• Academic

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 End User Analysis
3.8 Emerging Markets
3.9 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 Rapid Prototyping Materials Market, By Form
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Powder
5.3 Ink
5.4 Filament

6 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market, By Material
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Ceramics
6.3 Metals & Alloys
6.4 Thermoplastics
6.5 Polymers
6.6 Other Materials

7 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market, By Function
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Functional Prototype
7.3 Conceptual Model

8 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market, By Technology
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
8.3 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
8.4 Stereolithography (SLA)
8.5 Digital Light Processing (DLP)
8.6 CNC Machining
8.7 Casting
8.8 Polyjet
8.9 Multi Jet Fusion
8.10 Other Technologies

9 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market, By End User
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Aerospace
9.3 Healthcare
9.4 Transportation
9.5 Consumer Goods & Electronics
9.6 Manufacturing & Construction
9.7 Government & Military
9.8 Academic

10 Global Rapid Prototyping 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 General Electric
12.2 Golden Plastics
12.3 Arcam AB
12.4 3D Systems Corporation
12.5 LPW Technology Ltd
12.6 Arkema
12.7 Materialise NV
12.8 CRS Holdings Inc
12.9 CRP Group
12.10 Royal DSM N.V.
12.11 Stratasys, Ltd.
12.12 EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
12.13 Tethon 3D
12.14 3D Ceram
12.15 Lithoz GmbH
12.16 Hoganas AB
12.17 Oxford Performance Materials
12.18 Sandvik AB
12.19 Renishaw plc

List of Tables
1 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)
2 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Form (2020-2028) ($MN)
3 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Powder (2020-2028) ($MN)
4 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Ink (2020-2028) ($MN)
5 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Filament (2020-2028) ($MN)
6 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Material (2020-2028) ($MN)
7 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Ceramics (2020-2028) ($MN)
8 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Metals & Alloys (2020-2028) ($MN)
9 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Thermoplastics (2020-2028) ($MN)
10 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Polymers (2020-2028) ($MN)
11 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Other Materials (2020-2028) ($MN)
12 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Function (2020-2028) ($MN)
13 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Functional Prototype (2020-2028) ($MN)
14 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Conceptual Model (2020-2028) ($MN)
15 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Technology (2020-2028) ($MN)
16 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) (2020-2028) ($MN)
17 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) (2020-2028) ($MN)
18 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Stereolithography (SLA) (2020-2028) ($MN)
19 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Digital Light Processing (DLP) (2020-2028) ($MN)
20 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By CNC Machining (2020-2028) ($MN)
21 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Casting (2020-2028) ($MN)
22 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Polyjet (2020-2028) ($MN)
23 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Multi Jet Fusion (2020-2028) ($MN)
24 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Other Technologies (2020-2028) ($MN)
25 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By End User (2020-2028) ($MN)
26 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Aerospace (2020-2028) ($MN)
27 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Healthcare (2020-2028) ($MN)
28 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Transportation (2020-2028) ($MN)
29 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Consumer Goods & Electronics (2020-2028) ($MN)
30 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Manufacturing & Construction (2020-2028) ($MN)
31 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Government & Military (2020-2028) ($MN)
32 Global Rapid Prototyping Materials Market Outlook, By Academic (2020-2028) ($MN)

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

List of Figures


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
  • PESTEL Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis

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.

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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.

The data validation involves the primary research from the industry experts belonging to:

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  • Consumers
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