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Polymer Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing, the Fastest Growing 3D Printer Segment According to New SmarTech Publishing Report, Growing at 28 Percent CAGR Through 2027

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Crozet, VA: SmarTech Publishing, the leading provider of industry analysis and market forecasting data to the additive manufacturing industry, has published in its latest study Polymer Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing Markets 2018, that rapid evolution of the once niche polymer powder bed fusion 3D printing segment, combined with strong demand for industrial production solutions for polymer 3D printed parts, will result in powder bed fusion technology generating $2.4B in hardware revenues by 2027. The current growth path makes polymer powder bed fusion technology the fastest growing of all polymer 3D printing technology groups, growing at close to double the total industry average for hardware revenue opportunities.

The report is the second of four deep dive market research studies on the primary polymer 3D printing technology markets to be released by SmarTech, each focusing on one of the major polymer 3D printing technologies, which are all developing into independent market opportunities with unique strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

More details about the report can be found at

About the Report:

This report is released as a standalone deep dive analysis for polymer powder bed fusion 3D printing, and is accompanied by the release of other reports from SmarTech Publishing on individual polymer 3D printing technologies including material extrusion, vat photopolymerization, and jetting methods of binder and material jetting. While a fully featured, market wide market analysis report from SmarTech Publishing was also released earlier this year, this report focuses specifically on the issues, challenges, opportunities, and growth of powder bed fusion 3D printing in the professional and industrial use environment. The report features a wealth of technology-specific data focused on identifying both hardware and material opportunities, including printer shipments and revenues, installations, material shipments by polymer class, and resulting material sales revenues.

From the Report:

• Polymer powder bed fusion technology has long been regarded as perhaps the most readily available 3D polymer printing technology which bridges the gap between typical rapid prototyping printing and real manufacturing of end use components. But just like the other polymer 3D printing technologies, what once was standard in the powder bed fusion segment is now changing, with a great influx of competitors to challenge the historic leaders, and entirely new methods of sintering polymer powders based on a combination of inkjet and infrared heating rather than lasers.

• For the classic and still widely employed laser sintering process, polymer technologies are benefitting greatly from the efforts in the metal powder bed fusion segment with regards to industrialization –and area where metal technologies suddenly have leapfrogged polymer printers. These efforts have resulted in new and increasingly prevalent polymer powder bed fusion hardware featuring automated powder handling and unpacking, removable build modules for greater uptime during the cooling cycle, and greater emphasis on high temperature printing capabilities to expand material options.

• The combined geographic region of Asia Pacific, including China, will challenge the North American and European regions for investment into powder bed fusion 3D printers, and is expected to spend more on powder bed fusion systems than any other region in 2019.


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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