Published November 2014
Report # SMP-AM-MP-1114

The market for metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) applications will take off over the next five years: New applications in the aerospace, oil & gas, medical, and dental sectors will increase demand for powered materials exponentially. In this regard, SmarTech believes that GE’s recent $50 million dollar investment in it’s Auburn, Alabama plant to additively manufacture.....

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Published August 2014
Report # SMP-3D-P-0814

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.....

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Published May 2014
Report # SMP-3D-PPM-0514

The market for personal 3D printers looks vastly different than it did only a year ago. Market leaders have quickly expanded equipment offerings to fill out the entire market in an attempt to be everything to everyone. This has allowed focused, smaller companies to challenge incumbent’s position by targeting niche markets in the personal printing.....

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Published May 2014
Report # SMP-3D-AMF-0514

In 2013, 3D printing grew up.  World-class manufacturers shifted their 3D printing focus from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing; Some of largest consumer firms – Amazon, HP, Microsoft, Staples and UPS – began to pursue 3D opportunities; New commercialization directions for 3D-printed medical and dental implants and prosthetics accelerated.  Meanwhile, the IPO and M&A acquisition activity.....

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Published March 2014
Report # SMP-AM-AERO-0314

The aerospace is regularly discussed as one of the largest opportunities for additive manufacturing (AM) over the next decade. These discussions point to the sizeable demand in the aerospace industry for high-value, metal parts that are as complex as they are compact. This demand creates large opportunities to design, produce, and supply parts manufactured with.....

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Published January 2014
Report # SMP-BPM-0114

Bio-printing is a young but emerging field of study, whose ramifications are increasingly commercial. Promises of 3D-printed organs may catch the attention of the media, but the time has come for the wider market to take notice as well. More imminent applications of bio-printing technology will drive growth and galvanize bio-printing into a real industry.....

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Published December 2013
Report # SMP-3D-MDM-1213

3D printing has already found substantial traction in the dental implant and hearing aid business and SmarTech believes that the prospects for many other uses of 3D printing in the medical/dental market are rosy.  There are numerous applications in the healthcare field where highly customized products, such as implants, must be created quickly.  3D printing fits such.....

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Published November 2013
Report # SMP-3D-LVM-1113

In this report, SmarTech identifies the opportunities emerging for the 3D printing industry from short-run manufacturing.  Already many rapid prototyping firms have moved in this direction, producing tens, hundreds or even thousands of a particular part or model. As we see it, 3D printing has a special role to play in the low-volume manufacturing space.  It brings.....

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Published October 2013
Report # SMP-3D-PM-1013

After many years as a niche technology for rapid prototyping, 3D printing has suddenly emerged as manufacturing technology with a thousand uses spread across a very diverse user base.  Possible and actual users of 3D printers now include everyone from hobbyists to dentists to jewelers to giant aerospace firms. SmarTech sees these trends as creating an.....

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Published August 2013
Report # SMP-3D-PP-0813

Almost 70,000 personal 3D printers will be sold in 2013, with personal 3D printing being hailed by some as the “next big thing” — almost as disruptive as the personal computing revolution itself.  Big name companies – Microsoft, Staples and UPS – are also making investments. But the other side of the 3D printing story.....

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