Plastics in 3D Printing Markets: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast

DUBLIN, Nov. 28, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Plastics in 3D Printing Markets: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast" report to their offering.

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 and are using them to create competitive advantages. At the same time, major materials companies are also starting to see 3D printing as a profitable niche market worth jumping into now, with the promise of large opportunities down the road.

The author provides the most complete and accurate market forecasts for plastic materials in the 3D printing industry. Forecasts are built off up our extensive industry database that is second to none in terms of quality and completeness. Our conservative forecasts are based off of the most up-to-date information available, which is gathered first and foremost from primary source experts in the plastics field. Our forecasts are presented as logically and transparently as possible, allowing our customers to understand how we came to the conclusion that we did.

Customers who purchase this report will come away with a better understanding of how to make money in 3D printing plastic materials market. Decision-makers will be better armed to implement strategies in the plastic material market that will secure long-term revenue growth for their companies.

Key Topics Covered:

Executive Summary
E.1 Characterizing Materials Opportunities in AM Plastics
E.2 Assessment of Current Distribution Channels
E.3 Equipment Manufacturers' Hold on the Plastics Industry
E.4 Independent Materials Companies Making a Mark
E.5 Case Studies in Other Material Industries
E.6 Establishing Standards for Materials Forms and Processing Techniques
E.7 Materials that Work Well with One Another
E.8 Price Outlook for Plastic Materials
E.9 Matching Supply with Linearly Increasing Material Demands

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.2 Goals and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.4 A Note on Terminology
1.5 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: ABS
2.1 Material Overview
2.2 ABS Application Overview
2.3 ABS Supply Chain
2.4 Raw Material Inputs
2.5 Current Industry Capacity
2.5.1 Accessing Future Potential for Economies of Scale
2.6 Major Players in ABS
2.7 Not all ABS is Equal
2.8 Augmented ABS is the Key to Protecting Your Position and Targeting Serious Hobbyists
2.9 Emerging Market Trends in ABS Filament
2.10 Ten-year Market Forecasts for ABS Materials in AM

Chapter Three: PLA
3.1 Material Overview
3.2 PLA Application Overview
3.3 PLA Supply Chain
3.4 Major Players in PLA
3.5 Current Industry Capacity
3.6 ABS vs. PLA: PLA Offers Three Distinct Advantages
3.8 Opportunities in Enhanced PLA
3.9 Ten-year Market Forecasts for PLA Materials in AM

Chapter Four: Resins
4.1 Material Overview
4.2 Application overview
4.3 Resin supply chain
4.4 Raw Material Inputs
4.5 Strategic Implications of Different Curing Sources
4.6 Current Industry Capacity
4.7 Major Players In Resin
4.8 Pushing in the end part production
4.9 3D Systems vs. DSM Somos and Other Patent Issues Surrounding Resins
4.10 Ten-year Market Forecasts for Resin Materials

Chapter Five: Nylon Powders
5.1 Opportunity Outlook
5.2 Applications Overview
5.3 Challenges for Nylon 3D Printing Materials
5.4 Nylon Powder Supply Chain and Major Players
5.5 Raw Material Inputs
5.6 Current Industry Capacity
5.7 Major Players
5.8 Opportunities in New Types of Nylon
5.9 Environmental Concerns for 3DP Nylon Powders
5.10 Ten-year Market Forecasts for Nylon Materials in AM

Chapter Six: Alternative Materials
6.1 High Performance Thermoplastics (PEEK, PEKK, PEK)
6.2 Polycarbonate Materials
6.3 Polystyrene/HIPS Materials
6.4 Thermoplastic Polyurethane
6.5 Polypropylene
6.6 PET and Other Biodegradables
6.7 Transparent Plastic Materials
6.8 Flexible Plastic Materials
6.9 Opportunities In Mid-Grade Thermoplastic Powders for Laser Sintering Equipment

Companies Mentioned:

  • 3D Systems
  • Arkema
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Beijing TierTime
  • CRP Technologies
  • Chi Mei
  • Cytec
  • DSM Somos
  • DuPont
  • EOS
  • EnvisionTEC
  • Evonik
  • ExcelTec
  • Fenner Drives
  • Formlabs
  • GE
  • Hitachi
  • Hunan Farsoon
  • Huntsman
  • KDI Polymer
  • LG Chem
  • Lehman & Voss
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MakerBot
  • Mango Materials
  • Materialise
  • Mitsui
  • Nike
  • Oxford Performance Materials
  • PURAC Biomaterials
  • Rhodia
  • SK Chemicals
  • Sartomer
  • Solid Concepts
  • Solvay
  • Stratasys
  • Teijin
  • Thyssen Krupp
  • Toray
  • Victrex
  • mCor

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