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Additive Manufacturing with Copper Will Grow 51 Percent CAGR Through 2027 According to SmarTech Analysis

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Crozet, Virginia: SmarTech Analysis, the leading provider of additive manufacturing market data and market analysis, has released a new market study on the rapidly expanding potential for additive manufacturing with copper and copper alloys. The forecast and market tracking database for copper additive manufacturing (AM) opportunities shows that shipments of copper powders to AM users grew by 45 percent in 2018 with an expected 60 percent growth during 2019 thanks to key technical developments in copper additive processes and materials. The accompanying market report highlights AM’s potential to create disruptive copper component applications in industrial markets in the immediate future, with major opportunities in electronics and medical devices as solutions continue to be adopted and refined.

For more details on the report go to: A sample spreadsheet is available for persons interested in evaluating the report for purchase.

About the Report:

This two-part resource is part of a new series of market intelligence offerings from SmarTech Analysis which provides stakeholders in global copper manufacturing market, and existing additive manufacturing industry, an off-the-shelf resource for market metrics and forecasts specific to a rapidly expanding segment of the metal AM industry. The analysis provides a concise summary of the leading factors coalescing to create a potentially significant market opportunity, alongside a database containing key forecast metrics for expansion of copper additive manufacturing including primarily shipments of copper powders and addressable markets for copper AM printing systems. The data sets can easily be plugged into existing internal market intelligence resources or dissected to provide business intelligence across organizations. The accompanying report also provides context for the data by analyzing the latest events and trends in the copper powders AM market as they relate to various forecasted data.

From the Report:

Copper printing exploration has been ongoing for many years, with published research dating back to at least 2010. The largest market catalyst came in 2016 with the development and certification of printing of copper alloys, as well as pure copper, utilizing metal powder bed fusion technologies (both laser and electron beam variants) for the production of copper induction coils.

Copper materials are being explored within each of the three primary metal AM print technology families today, but their chemistry does present challenges to processing using established or ‘conventional’ metal AM system configurations in most available technologies. To overcome these challenges, SmarTech believes there are three primary avenues of technical development which are influencing the overall adoption of copper printing:

  • Alterations to or adaptations of hardware architecture of existing printing systems
  • Tailoring of material properties and powder characteristics of copper materials used
  • Development of alternative metal additive printing technologies suited to copper printing


About SmarTech Analysis

Since 2013 SmarTech Analysis has published reports on all the important revenue opportunities in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector and is considered the leading industry analyst firm providing coverage of this sector. Our company has a client roster that includes the largest 3D printer firms, materials firms and investors in the 3DP/AM sector.

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