The material segmentation of the 3D Printing Report
New materials are driving the development of new applications in the 3D printing market, and almost every week, suppliers announce new materials in both the metal and polymer markets. The AMPOWER Report segments the market into eight different metal alloys and 15 polymer materials.
In the metal market, the most dominant material is the titanium alloy group, and specifically the Ti-6Al-4V alloy, which is widely used in a range of medical, space, and aviation applications. Cobalt and nickel-based alloys also play a major role in similar industries, with nickel being used in many turbine applications where high temperatures demand IN718 or IN625 type alloys. The report also segments into stainless steel and tool steel alloys, and copper alloys are gaining market share. Aluminum alloys can be found in many automotive and industrial applications.
In the polymer market, PA12 materials dominate the 3D printing market, covering over one-third of global material consumption. TPU and PA6 are also rapidly growing thermoplastic materials. The report also mentions other materials with specific consumption values, such as PA11, ABS, PP, PLA, PET, PETG, PEEK, PEKK, ULTEM, PEI, and PC. The liquid resin 3D printing market is segmented by the type of resin, with medical and dental grade resins making up the largest share. The other two segments mentioned in the report are industrial and prototype resins.