Global 3D Printing Polymers Market

3D Printing Polymers Market Analysis and Opportunity Assessment by Material Type (Nylon, P.C., PP, PET, PLA, ABS, ULTEM, PEEK, PEKK, Elastomers), by Form (Filament, Liquid/Ink, Powder), by Production Process (Fused deposition modeling, Photopolymerization, Material Jetting, Binder Jetting, Material Extrusion, Powder Bed Fusion, Others), by Application, by End-Use, by Region and by Country

Rising demand for bio-based grades of 3D printing high-performance plastics and the growing penetration of these materials in functional part production is leading the market growth

Category: Chemicals & Materials Published Date : May 2022 ID: CVC-00101-C Format: PDF Pages: 325

3D Printing Polymers Market Size Analysis

According to a research analysis conducted by ChemView Consulting, the worldwide 3D printing Polymer is expected to increase at a CAGR of 19.2% between 2022-32, from USD 802.1 Mn in 2022 to USD 3,269.1 Mn in 2030. During the forecast period of 2022 to 2030, the market is estimated to increase due to rising demand for bio-based grades of 3D printing high-performance plastics and the growing penetration of these materials in functional part production.


Market Dynamics

The rising demand from various end-users is one of the main drivers for 3D printing materials. The growing usage of 3D printed parts in aerospace, automotive, and military applications will likely propel the industry forward. 3D printing has shown to be an extremely beneficial technique for producing intricately designed items. Designers may use 3D printing to manufacture sophisticated pieces at a reasonable cost and manufacturing potential. Titanium parts are commonly 3D printed in the aerospace sector because it has excellent dimensional accuracy and mechanical qualities.

The automobile industry’s expansion is expected to maintain demand for 3D printing polymers high in the coming years. Rapid advancements in various materials and technologies are aiding the market’s growth. Furthermore, the potential to employ additive manufacturing to create tools, prototypes, fixtures, and other final items will increase the need for 3D printing plastics. The market demand is predicted to increase due to the factors mentioned above.

3D Printing Polymers Market

Segment-Wise Analysis

Why is Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) expected to grow at a high CAGR in the 3D Printing Polymer market?

ABS dominates the 3D-Printing polymers Market. ABS filament, an impact-resistant engineering thermoplastic, and the amorphous polymer is one of the most commonly used 3D printing polymers. ABS is suitable for use in various industries, including automotive, electronics, building and construction, and many more, due to properties such as high impact strength and heat performance.

It is commonly used in the bodywork of automobiles, appliances, and mobile phone cases. It is a thermoplastic with a base of elastomers based on polybutadiene, which makes it more flexible and shock-resistant. ABS is finding new applications in the electronics industry, where it is used in business machines, computers, radios, televisions, and phone handsets.

And the 3D-printing polymer market is rapidly expanding in the automotive sector. It is used in instrument panels, consoles, radiator grills, headlight housings, and interior trim parts, growing use in recreational vehicles.


Why is the Modeling and Prototyping application expected to hold the largest market share in the forecast period?

Modeling and prototyping held the largest share of the 3D-Printing Polymers Market in 2021, accounting for 33%. The digital prototyping solutions from 3D Systems have made turning a design into a physical object faster and more affordable. The digital prototyping solutions from 3D Systems provide a streamlined workflow to advance and accelerate your projects. 3D printing technology significantly reduces the lead times required in traditional manufacturing, allowing a prototype to be built in hours rather than weeks and at a fraction of the cost.

The automotive and aerospace industries are just two examples of sectors benefiting from advances in 3D printing technologies. 3D printing allows for the low-cost production of a product in much smaller quantities. In the same vein, advances in rapid prototyping (R.P.) technology have led to the development of materials and processes suitable for producing a product’s final version, not just its prototype. The advanced technology increases the demand for 3D-printing polymers and is expected to accelerate the sector’s growth.


Why does Asia-Pacific account for the largest market share in the 3D Printing Polymer market?

In 2021, the Asia Pacific region held the largest share of the 3D-Printing Polymers Market, accounting for up to 32%, followed by North America and Europe. The growing interest from APAC manufacturing companies and the implementation of numerous government-led strategies and policies have enabled many countries to thrive in developing a sustainable additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem. The Asia-Pacific market is based on its reach in China, Japan, India, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, and the rest of Asia Pacific.

Following the rapid rise of 3D printing in the Asia Pacific, Japan and China have emerged as significant forces, owing to the Chinese government’s support of 3D printing strategies and fiscal support. Furthermore, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) intends to develop a domestic AM industry with an annual average growth rate of 30% or higher, with a value exceeding US$ 3 billion by 2020. The plan prioritizes the completion of 100 pilot projects across ten key industries and the formalization of these technologies.

Furthermore, the arrival of several players in 3D printing and technological advancements and research in Japan has helped both countries become leaders in the 3D printing polymer domain. According to the International Development Corporation (IDC), Asia Pacific’s AM spending in 2019 is expected to be US$ 3.8 billion, trailing the U.S. and Western Europe, which account for nearly two-thirds of the overall market (US$ 8.6 billion). China accounts for half of the Asian market, while Japan, South Korea, and ASEAN account for 30 percent, 10-12 percent, and 5-7 percent, respectively, with India and Australia accounting for 3-5 percent each.


Competition Analysis

To remain competitive in the industry, key market players are investing in expanding their market footprint. Several vital players invest a fair share of their revenue in research and development in boosting their product portfolio. Market participants focus on technological development and utilizing a product in several applications.

Some of the key developments that have taken place in the 3D Printing Polymer market include:

  • In March 2022, 3DGence, a European company, introduced the INDUSTRY F421, a new industrial FFF machine well-suited to high-performance materials. AS9100, a novel high-temperature filament composed of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and authorized for usage in the defense and aerospace industries, has also been released by the company.
  • In March 2022, South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) began a pilot project to create roughly 25 dwellings using 3D printing technology to address the country’s housing deficit.
  • In February 2021, Orbex commissioned AMCM to build Europe’s largest industrial 3D printer, allowing the innovative UK-based space launch company to print complex rocket engines in-house rapidly. The custom-built, high-volume 3D printer will enable Orbex to print more than 35 large-scale rocket engines and main stage turbopump systems per year as it expands its launch production capabilities.

A list of some of the key players present in the market are:

  • 3D Systems Corporation
  • Stratasys, Ltd.
  • Arkema SA
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • HP Inc.
  • DowDuPont Inc.
  • Royal DSM N.V.
  • Electro-Optical Systems GmbH
  • Clariant International Ltd.
  • CRP Group
  • Envisiontec GmbH
  • Materialise NV
  • Oxford Performance Materials Inc.
  • TLC
  • Orbi-Tech
  • Taulman3D


Market Segments Covered in Report

By Material Type:

  • Nylon
  • Polycarbonate (P.C.)
  • Polypropylene (P.P.)
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
  • Polyetherimide (ULTEM)
  • Polyether ether ketone (PEEK)
  • Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK)
  • Elastomers
    • Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
    • Silicone
    • Others
  • Others

By Form:         

  • Filament
  • Liquid/Ink
  • Powder

By Production Process:      

  • Fused deposition modeling
  • Photopolymerization
  • Material Jetting
  • Binder Jetting
  • Material Extrusion
  • Powder Bed Fusion
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Direct Energy Deposition

By Application:

  • Modeling and Prototyping
  • Beauty & Cosmetics
  • Tooling
  • Molding
  • 3D-printed implants & prosthetics
  • Consumer Goods
  • Others

By End-use Industry:

  • Building & Construction
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Medical
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Industrial
  • Personal Care
  • Cosmetics
  • Others

By Region and Country:

  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia & New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Rest of Middle East)
  • Africa (South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Rest of Africa)


Global 3D Printing Polymer Market 2022-2030: Report Coverage and Highlights

  • Assessment of the historical and current market size (2017-2021), market projections (2022-2030), and its contribution to the parent market
  • Key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and key emerging trends impacting market growth
  • Predictions on critical supply, demand, and technological trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • Value chain analysis (list of product manufacturers, distributors, end-users, average profitability margins, etc.)
  • Segment-wise, country-wise, and region-wise market analysis
  • Competition mapping, market share analysis, key strategies adopted by top players, and competitive tactical intelligence
  • Key product innovations and regulatory framework
  • Covid-19 impact on the market and how to navigate
  • Strategic market analysis and recommendations on crucial winning strategies


Research ScopeDetails
Forecast Period2022-2030
Historical Data Available for2017-2021
Market AnalysisUSD Million for Value and Tons for Volume, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Key Regions CoveredNorth America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa
Key Countries CoveredUS, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia & New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt
Key Segments CoveredMaterial Type, Form, Production Process, Application, End-Use Industry, and Region
Customization scopeAvailable upon Request
Pricing and purchase optionsAvailable upon Request


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