Polymer Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing Technology Markets
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Polymer material extrusion technology is the most widely adopted in terms of annual unit sales and installed printers at professional user sites, and as a result represents one of the most important areas of the polymer 3D printing industry.
In 2018, the polymer additive manufacturing market is increasingly segmented between several leading print processes, all of which are developing into significant global technology markets for manufacturing. No longer is polymer material extrusion technology at a professional level controlled by one stakeholder (Stratasys) – today over two dozen companies are developing serious polymer material extrusion 3D printing solutions for the professional user in manufacturing-oriented applications. Printers ranging in cost from $2,000 to several hundred thousand dollars are being adopted by companies like Siemens, Bosch, Zeiss, Ford, Volkswagen, Airbus, Caterpillar, and many other multinational manufacturing companies to aid in manufacturing while producing everything from prototypes, to forming tools and patterns, to end use parts directly from the printer.
This study is the first of its kind to specifically examine the market for material extrusion 3D printing, and seeks to identify areas of opportunity which are emerging in the segment at a professional and industrial level across markets of aerospace, automotive, healthcare, print services, consumer products, industrial equipment, and much more. Technical innovations in material extrusion are advancing the technology far beyond the typical desktop gantry extrusion system popularized over the last several years, to include multi-axis extrusion printing, networked printers for swarm manufacturing, and pellet-based high volume extrusion systems for printing of meter-sized parts.
In this report, SmarTech presents a complete market analysis with an emphasis on market data and competitive analysis of the material extrusion 3D printing industry. Market data and forecasts cover hardware and material sales and shipments and installations of printers by geography, machine classification, and end user industry. Those with a stake directly in material extrusion 3D printing, as well as those with an interest in the overall polymer 3D printing solutions market, should understand the factors and trends affecting each individual polymer printing technology widely available today in order to best inform strategic direction and investments.
For a cross-market analysis of polymer 3D printing overall, inclusive of all technologies, refer to SmarTech Publishing’s recent reports Additive Manufacturing with Polymers and Plastics 2018, and Polymer Additive Manufacturing Markets in 2018 – Industry Summary.