Metal 3D printing has experienced increased demand in the additive manufacturing market. However, the high cost of printers, slow speed, and limited part size have somewhat limited the volume opportunities for metal 3D printers in industrial applications.
The rapidly evolving manufacturing industry has recognized the significance of additive manufacturing technology and has initiated R&D projects and set up dedicated teams to further improve and expand the technology capabilities to meet future end-user needs. The metal 3D printing market is becoming one of the fastest growing market segments in the digital era, and the trend is expected to continue moving forward. The focus of 3D printing has moved from hobbyist to industrial and business applications with metal 3D printing in the limelight at present. While plastic 3D printing technology using 3D printing techniques, such as fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the largest market segment, metal 3D printing is gaining attention. The growing demand for metal 3D printing is highly driven by the ability of the technology to manufacture highly customized metal alloys at affordable prices and the ability to combine various separate parts into a single unit. Key applications include: aerospace, automotive and healthcare industries.
Key questions answered in the study:
- What is the significance of metal 3D printing?
- What are the key funding trends and focus areas?
- What are the manufacturing innovations driving adoption?
- How do end-users leverage the benefit of metal 3DP?
- What are the growth opportunities beyond 2020?
- What is the future of metal 3D Printing?
1. Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Explanation of Research Methodology
1.4 Key Findings
2. Metal 3D Printing – Landscape Assessment
2.1 3D Metal Printing in Manufacturing – Overview
2.2 Significance of Metal 3D Printing
2.3 Trends in the Current Metal Additive Manufacturing Market
2.4 Factors Driving the Growth of Metal 3D Printing
2.5 Technical Challenges Influencing Adoption
3. Metal 3D Printing – Technology Assessment
3.1 3D Printing – A Brief Overview
3.2 Detailed Summary of Metal AM Techniques and Technologies
3.3 Powder Bed Fusion Shifts from Labs to Real Production Lines
3.4 Growing PBF Providers in the US
3.5 GE is Ascending in the Metal Additive Manufacturing Market
3.6 Large Number of Innovators in China
3.7 Binder Jetting Manufacturing Technology
3.8 Binder Jetting: High adoption in the Automotive Arena
3.9 Direct Energy Deposition: Rapid, Economical Process
3.10 Direct Energy Deposition: Hybrid to Single Technology Providers
3.11 Material Jetting; Drop on Demand
3.12 Drop on Demand – an Inkjet Printing Concept
3.13 VAT Polymerization for Nano to Desktop Size Parts
3.14 Digital Light Processing – Novel Techniques Using Light as Source of Energy
3.15 Sheet Lamination
3.16 Material Extrusion
3.17 Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Applicability
4. Technology Impact Assessment
4.1 Impact Framework of Metal 3D Printings on the Manufacturing Sector
4.2 Technology Adoption Assessment Outlook
5. Metal 3DP Usage across Industries - Overview
5.1 Aerospace Industry Exploits Metal 3D Printing
5.2 Metal 3D Printing Usage across Industry Verticals
5.3 Top 3 Industries with High Demand for Metal 3DP-2016
5.4 Case Study: No Heat Easy to Handle Technique
5.5 Noteworthy Implementation Study
6. Global Metal 3D Printing Analysis
6.1 Larger Patent Base for Near-Net Shape Printing
6.2 The US Leads Global Presence in the Metal AM Arena
6.3 Funding Trends from Private Firms
6.4 Future Research: Research Moving towards AM Accommodating Other Processes
7. Growth Opportunities and Future Perspectives
7.1 Future Trends in Metal 3DP
7.2 Strategic Imperatives for Growth in the Metal 3DP Sector
7.3 Conclusion and Analyst Insights