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Additive Manufacturing with Nickel Alloys 2019

  • ID: 4770362
  • Report
  • SmarTech Markets Publishing LLC
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Nickel Superalloys Demonstrate What the Future of Metal AM Materials Looks Like

Nickel alloys are some of the most widely used materials for applications with an extreme operating environment, making them commonly found in industries and applications in which metal additive manufacturing techniques are already being explored and applied. This is a net advantage for the development of the nickel-AM market, because the historical use of metal AM techniques like laser powder bed fusion have been, for the most part, relegated to high performance, high value components due to the cost structure of the technologies. Unsurprisingly, this has made additively manufactured nickel alloys a staple in the aerospace industry, where they are used for a multitude of potential use cases related to high temperature, corrosive environments in aircraft engines.

The early research and developments for nickel superalloys for aerospace engine components was also successfully ported to other industries where similar turbomachinery applications require performance similar to jet engines, especially in power generation for oil and gas and general energy markets, making materials like Hastelloy some of the most widely printed materials today.

This market outlook database is part of a new resource series from a leading provider of industry data and market analysis services to the additive manufacturing industry. Purchasers receive a detailed dataset that comprises all of key nickel additive manufacturing metrics, including powder material shipments and revenues, material pricing estimates, geographic demand data, powder atomization metrics, and hardware opportunities associated with nickel printing, all cut by end user industries, geographies, and specific metal AM print technology group. The database provides nickel AM companies the most diverse resource of market data available specific to their needs, allowing for custom integration into existing models or internal business development tracking programs.

In addition, an accompanying document is also provided to give purchasers context and assumptions behind the data, and the latest trends which are influencing and shaping the associated market forecasts provided in the dataset.

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Chapter One: About this Report
1.1 Methodology
1.2 Introduction to Nickel Additive Manufacturing

Chapter Two: Market Opportunity Summary and Nickel Additive Manufacturing Outlook
2.1 Nickel Additive Manufacturing in Context with Overall Metal AM
2.1.1 Competitive Structuring of Nickel AM Powder and Technology Market
2.2 Nickel Additive Manufacturing Trends by Print Technology Family

Chapter Three: Market Data for Additively Manufactured Nickel Powders
3.1 Shipments of AM Nickel Powders and Forecast
3.1.1 By Consuming Print Technology in Primary Geographic Regions
3.1.2 By End-user Market in Primary Geographic Regions
3.1.3 Forecasted Global Shipments of Nickel Alloys by Specific Alloy Category in Key End-user Markets
3.2 Resulting Revenue Opportunities for Nickel AM Powders
3.2.1 Pricing Trends and Outlook for AM Nickel Powders
3.2.2 Revenues by Consuming Print Technologies in Primary Geographic Regions
3.2.3 Revenues by End User Market and Key Geographic Region

Chapter Four: Specialty Market Data Related to Nickel AM
4.1 Nickel Powder Shipments and Forecasted Powder Demand by Production Type and Powder Characteristics
4.1.1 Shipments by Particle Size Distribution Group
4.2 Analysis of Metal AM Hardware Opportunities Resulting from Demand for Steel Printing

Figures Provided in Accompanying Database

  • Printed Cubic Inch Output Comparison - All Metal AM Materials 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Shipments Comparison - All Metal AM Materials 2014-2027(e)
  • Shipments of Nickel Alloys by Market Global 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Technology - Global 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Technology - North America 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Technology - Europe 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Technology - Asia Pacific 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Technology - Greater China 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Technology - Rest of World 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Market - North America 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Market - Europe 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Market - Asia Pacific 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Market - Greater China 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Region & Market - Rest of World 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Shipments by Primary Atomization Source 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Plasma Atomization Shipments by Particle Size Distribution 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Gas Atomization Shipments by Particle Size Distribution 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Other Atomization Method Shipments by Particle Size Distribution 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Revenues Comparison - All Metal AM Materials 2014-2027(e)
  • Revenues of Nickel Alloys by Market Global 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Technology - Global 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Technology - North America 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Technology - Europe 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Technology - Asia Pacific 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Technology - Greater China 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Technology - Rest of World 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Market - North America 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Market - Europe 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Market - Asia Pacific 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Market - Greater China 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Revenues by Region & Market - Rest of World 2014-2027(e)
  • Nickel Alloys Average Powder Price by Print Technology 2014-2027(e)
  • Metal AM Powder Price Comparison - Global 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Aerospace 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Automotive 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Medical 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Dental 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Service Bureaus 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Jewelry 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Oil & Gas 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Energy 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Nickel Alloys Shipments by Nickel Alloys Subcategory - Other Industries 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Addressable Market Nickel Alloys AM Hardware Market by Print Technology 2014-2027(e)
  • Total Annual Equipment Sales Nickel Alloys AM Hardware Market by Print Technology 2014-2027(e)
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Over the past quarter, the analyst has been releasing a series of insightful data-backed market insight briefs on various sectors of the metal additive manufacturing market, focusing on specific types of metals which are driving (or expected to drive) metal AM over the next decade. The release of these shorter, material-specific briefs will culminate in the release of our full-fledged metal additive manufacturing research study which has helped guide the metal AM industry over the past five years.

Particularly interesting points can be observed in each of the major metals segments today which are unique to each segment. In past blogs, the analyst has noted how steels have become the fastest growing metal for 3D printing and are the ‘workhorse’ of the industry today.

Nickel alloys, however, demonstrate the extension of a trend that is common across all metal segments today, and for this reason, stand out as perhaps the most mature set of metals printable today. Within nickel alloys, about 90 percent of what is printed today would be categorized as a nickel superalloy - generally a nickel base metal with high amounts of chromium, but also elevated levels of molybdenum, tungsten, cobalt, and some other trace elements. Though there is a wide swatch of other nickel-base alloys used in industry today using casting and other metal forming processes, today’s metal AM market is for the part contained to chromium superalloys. In this way, nickel metals are similar to other printable metals - similar to titanium being dominated by ‘6-4’ alloy grades, aluminum dominated by AlSi casting alloys, and cobalt being dominated by F75 cobalt chrome.

In this way, all metal segments are looking to expand their horizons into other commonly processed and applied alloys of varying materials beyond the few core established base metals of each segment. Nickel alloys are no different. However, what sets the nickel segment apart is the diversity that has been achieved within the superalloy segment, where nearly a dozen nickel superalloy materials are now widely commercially supported, especially in laser powder bed fusion technology. For years, two variations of the nickel superalloy commonly known as Inconel (a trade name) were the only printed nickel materials - IN625 and IN718.

Today, however, there are many more nickel-chromium superalloys offered by leading metals companies and supported by parameter sets developed in concert with machine manufacturers. A number of Haynes superalloys, Hastelloy superalloys, various forms of Inconel, and other materials are now becoming more established. This is helping take the core expertise in nickel printing for applications in power generation and turbomachinery both deeper into turbine based systems, and broader into new industries which are also familiar and comfortable working with nickel superalloys for other applications.

For this reason, the analyst considers the nickel segment of the metal AM industry today the most mature in terms of material development, providing a good roadmap for stakeholders in other metals to follow to enhance adoption of metal AM. The continued dedication to research and development to overcome processing challenges for printing of traditional casting alloys popular in manufacturing for better stability and outcomes has helped make the nickel segment very advanced, even if it is still mostly confined to aircraft engines and turbomachinery applications today. Thanks to this work, soon nickel superalloys will be widely printed in oil and gas, energy, and general industry segments like chemical processing. This expansion has also helped keep the value of nickel powders in the AM market high during a period of heavy competition driving down prices, making the nickel segment even more attractive for powder suppliers with competency in nickel materials. This is why the market data shows that revenues from nickel alloys grew faster than steels, titanium, and cobalt materials during 2018, and outpaced the market average growth by a healthy margin.

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