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Plastics in 3D Printing Markets: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast

  • August 2014
  • 115 pages
  • SmarTech
Report ID: 2797387

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The quantity and quality of plastic materials available for 3D printing systems are key determining factors in the number of 3D printer purchases. These materials include especially ABS and PLA, but also include acrylate resins, epoxy acrylate resins, and nylon powder materials.

Many 3D printer firms are racing to fill out their plastic material portfolios and are using them to create competitive advantages. At the same time, major materials companies are also starting to see 3D printing as a profitable niche market worth jumping into now, with the promise of large opportunities down the road.

This report analyzes all the key opportunities in the market for plastic materials used in 3D printing and how they are likely to change in the future. Among the topics covered in the report are:
Novel plastics for 3D printing: This report assesses opportunities in newer plastic materials categories, including polycarbonate, polystyrene, TPU, PET, PBA, PVA, POM, alternative bio-based plastics, transparent materials, flexible materials, and nano-enhanced plastics.

Plastics as a source of competitive advantage for 3D printer firms: Many OEMs are looking plastic materials as source of substantial revenues over the next few years. This has led to 3D printing firms acquiring materials development companies. The future role of the OEMs as materials suppliers is critically examined in this report including the ways in which OEMs leverage their control over equipment design and distribution channels to secure material sales for their machines, as well as the role of proprietary materials and cartridges.

The future of supply chains for 3D printed plastics: We examine the future of current material supply chains for the key plastics used today in 3D printing.

The rise of independent 3D printing plastics suppliers and what this means: Independent companies have arisen to offer high-performance plastic materials for 3D printers. Experienced 3D printers users are flocking to independent manufacturers for lower-priced materials. What will this mean for revenue models of 3D printing OEMs, large materials companies, and the independent materials suppliers themselves?

SmarTech provides the most complete and accurate market forecasts for plastic materials in the 3D printing industry. Forecasts are built off up our extensive industry database that is second to none in terms of quality and completeness. Our conservative forecasts are based off of the most up-to-date information available, which is gathered first and foremost from primary source experts in the plastics field. Our forecasts are presented as logically and transparently as possible, allowing our customers to understand how we came to the conclusion that we did.

Customers who purchase this report will come away with a better understanding of how to make money in 3D printing plastic materials market. Decision-makers will be better armed to implement strategies in the plastic material market that will secure long-term revenue growth for their companies.

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