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3D Printing Plastic Market by Type (Photopolymers, ABS, PLA, Polyamide/Nylon, Others), by Form (Filament, Ink, Powder), by Application, by End-User Industry, and by Region - Global Forecasts to 2020

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: March 2016
Report Code: CH 4177

 

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The global 3D printing plastic market, according to scenario one, is estimated to be valued at USD 182.2 Million in 2014 and is projected to reach USD 692.2 Million by 2020, at a CAGR of 25.7% from 2015 to 2020, whereas according to scenario two, the market size is projected to reach USD 822.7 Million by 2020, at a CAGR of 34.6% from 2017 to 2020. This research report categorizes the global market on the basis of type, form, application, end-user industry, and geography along with forecast value and analyzing trends in each of the submarkets. Rapid decrease in crude oil prices and availability of wide range of grades for different applications are expected to drive the overall demand for 3D printing plastics in coming years. The base year used for study is 2014 and the forecast period is 2015 to 2020.

This research study involves data from both secondary and primary sources. Secondary sources include directories and databases, such as Factiva, Bloomberg, Businessweek, and Hoovers used to collect and identify the information for this technical, market oriented, and commercial study of 3D printing plastic market. To validate the critical information collected from the secondary sources, primary interviews were conducted. The breakdown of primaries conducted is shown in the figure bellow.

3D Printing Plastics Market

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To arrive at the market size for 3D printing plastics, top-down and bottom-up approaches were used. Bottom-up approach was used to estimate the market size from the supply side. Subsequently, top-down approach was used to validate the market size obtained from the bottom-up approach. The report is based on certain assumptions.

Market Ecosystem:

The ecosystem of 3D printing plastic market consists of research & development activities in the industries such as developments of new grades or applications, approval of products, and certification. Raw materials required to manufacture 3D printing plastics include PA 11, PA 12, ABS, ULTEM, PPSF, and others. The next step involved in the value chain is manufacturing of 3D printing plastics, wherein the manufacturer choses a particular material type that adheres to the specification of the end-user industry. The next step in the value chain is the distribution, marketing, and sales.

Target Audience:

The stakeholder’s for the report includes:

  • 3D Printing Plastics Manufacturers, Dealers, and Suppliers
  • Government Bodies
  • 3D Printing Plastics Experts
  • End-use Companies
  • Companies Operational in Material R&D
  • Defense and Military
  • Feedstock Suppliers
  • Industry Associations
  • Large Infrastructure Companies
  • Investment Banks
  • Consulting Companies/Consultants in Chemical and Material Sectors

Scope of the Report:

Each segment is described in detail in the report with volume and revenue forecasts.

  • By Type:
    • Photopolymers
    • ABS
    • PLA
    • Polyamide/Nylon
    • Others
  • By Form:
    • Filament
    • Ink
    • Powder
  • By End-use Industry:
    • Healthcare & Medical
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Commercial Goods
    • Automotive
    • Others
  • By Application:
    • Commercial/Industrial
    • Hobbyist
  • By Region:
    • Asia-Pacific
    • North America
    • Europe
    • RoW

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 15)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 Markets Covered
           1.3.2 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency & Pricing
    1.5 Limitations
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 19)
    2.1 Research Data
    2.2 Research Data
           2.2.1 Secondary Data
                    2.2.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.2.2 Primary Data
                    2.2.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources
                    2.2.2.2 Key Industry Insights
                    2.2.2.3 Breakdown of Primaries
    2.3 Market Size Estimation
           2.3.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           2.3.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.4 Market Breakdown & Data Triangulation
    2.5 Research Assumptions
           2.5.1 Growth Scenarios – 1 and 2

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 27)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 31)
    4.1 Significant Opportunities for 3D Printing Plastic Market
    4.2 Market Growth Trend: Scenario 1 and Scenario 2
    4.3 Market: Key Regions
    4.4 Market, Key Regions Growth Rate
    4.5 Market in Asia-Pacific
    4.6 Market, By Form
    4.7 Scenari0 1 - 3D Printing Plastic Market: Developing Nations vs Developed Nations
    4.8 3D Printing Plastics Market, By Application
    4.9 Lifecycle Analysis, By Region

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 37)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Evolution
    5.3 Market Segmentation
           5.3.1 Market, By Type
           5.3.2 Market, By Form
           5.3.3 Market, By Region
    5.4 Market Dynamics
           5.4.1 Drivers
                    5.4.1.1 Expected Increase in the Supply Capacity With Forward Integration
                    5.4.1.2 Efficient for Mass Manufacturing With Low Cycle Time
                    5.4.1.3 Development of Application Specific Grades
                    5.4.1.4 Highly Potential Market With Government Support
           5.4.2 Restraints
                    5.4.2.1 Acceptance in Developing Economies
                    5.4.2.2 Certification of the Grades With Demand in Critical Industries
                    5.4.2.3 Monopoly of Few Players With Key Patents for Industrial Grades
                    5.4.2.4 High Costs for Commercial Grades
           5.4.3 Opportunities
                    5.4.3.1 Increasing Market for Bio-Based Grades
                    5.4.3.2 Demand for Composite Grades in High End Applications
           5.4.4 Challenges
                    5.4.4.1 Continuously Evolving Market

6 Industry Trends (Page No. - 45)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Key Trends
           6.2.1 Market Entry By Major Plastics Manufacturers
           6.2.2 Powder Coating to 3D Printing Base Materials (Unfilled Grades)
    6.3 Value Chain Analysis
    6.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
           6.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           6.4.2 Threat of New Entrants
           6.4.3 Threat of Substitutes
           6.4.4 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           6.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

7 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type (Page No. - 50)
    7.1 Introduction
           7.1.1 Scenario 1: 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type
           7.1.2 Scenario 2: 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type
    7.2 Photopolymers
           7.2.1 Scenario 1: Photopolymers Market, By End User
           7.2.2 Scenario 2: Photopolymers Market, By End User
    7.3 ABS
           7.3.1 Scenario 1: ABS Market, By End User
           7.3.2 Scenario 2: ABS Market, By End User
    7.4 Polyamide/Nylon
           7.4.1 Scenario 1: Polyamide/Nylon in Market, By End User
           7.4.2 Scenario 2: Polyamide/Nylon Market, By End User
    7.5 PLA
           7.5.1 Scenario 1: PLA Market, By End User
           7.5.2 Scenario 2: PLA Market, By End User

8 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Form (Page No. - 66)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Filament
    8.3 Ink
    8.4 Powder

9 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Application (Page No. - 70)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Market Size & Projection
           9.2.1 Growth in the Commercial/Hobbyist Industry is Expected to Drive the Demand for 3D Printing Plastics

10 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User (Page No. - 73)
     10.1 Introduction
             10.1.1 Scenario 1:Market, By End User
             10.1.2 Scenario 2: Global Market, By End User
     10.2 Healthcare & Medical
             10.2.1 Scenario 1: Healthcare & Medical Market, By Type
             10.2.2 Scenario 2: Healthcare & Medical Market, By Type
     10.3 Aerospace & Defense
             10.3.1 Scenario 1: Aerospace & Defense Market, By Type
             10.3.2 Scenario 2: Aerospace & Defense Market, By Type
     10.4 Consumer Goods
             10.4.1 Scenario 1: Consumer Goods Market, By Type
             10.4.2 Scenario 2: Consumer Goods Market, By Type
     10.5 Automotive
             10.5.1 Scenario 1: Automotive Market, By Type
             10.5.2 Scenario 2: Automotive Market, By Type

11 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Region (Page No. - 89)
     11.1 Introduction
             11.1.1 Scenario 1: Global Market, By Region
             11.1.2 Scenario 2:- Global Market, By Region
     11.2 North America
             11.2.1 Scenario 1: North America Market, By Country
             11.2.2 Scenario 2: North America Market, By Country
     11.3 Europe
             11.3.1 Scenario 1: Europe Market, By Country
             11.3.2 Scenario 2: Europe Market, By Country
     11.4 Asia-Pacific
             11.4.1 Scenario 1: Asia-Pacific Market, By Country
             11.4.2 Scenario 2: Asia-Pacific Market, By Region
     11.5 RoW
             11.5.1 Scenario 1: RoW Market, By Country
             11.5.2 Scenario 2: RoW Market, By Region

12 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 107)
     12.1 Introduction
             12.1.1 New Product Launch: the Most Popular Growth Strategy
     12.2 Maximum Developments in 2014
     12.3 Competitive Situation & Trends
             12.3.1 New Product Launches
             12.3.2 Mergers & Acquisitions
             12.3.3 Partnerships, Agreements & Collaborations
             12.3.4 Expansions

13 Company Profiles (Page No. - 116)
     13.1 Introduction
     13.2 3D Systems Corporation
             13.2.1 Overview
             13.2.2 Products & Services
             13.2.3 Recent Developments
             13.2.4 SWOT Analysis
             13.2.5 MnM View
     13.3 Arkema S.A.
             13.3.1 Overview
             13.3.2 Products & Services
             13.3.3 Recent Developments
             13.3.4 SWOT Analysis
             13.3.5 MnM View
     13.4 Stratasys Ltd.
             13.4.1 Overview
             13.4.2 Products & Services
             13.4.3 Recent Developments
             13.4.4 SWOT Analysis
             13.4.5 MnM View
     13.5 Royal DSM N.V.
             13.5.1 Overview
             13.5.2 Products & Services
             13.5.3 Recent Developments
             13.5.4 SWOT Analysis
             13.5.5 MnM View
     13.6 Eos GmbH Electro Optical Systems
             13.6.1 Overview
             13.6.2 Products & Services
             13.6.3 Recent Developments
             13.6.4 SWOT Analysis
             13.6.5 MnM View
     13.7 Crp Group
             13.7.1 Overview
             13.7.2 Products & Services
             13.7.3 Recent Developments
             13.7.4 MnM View
     13.8 Envisiontec GmbH
             13.8.1 Overview
             13.8.2 Products & Services
             13.8.3 Recent Developments
             13.8.4 MnM View
     13.9 Materialise NV
             13.9.1 Overview
             13.9.2 Products & Services
             13.9.3 Recent Developments
             13.9.4 MnM View
     13.10 Oxford Performance Materials
             13.10.1 Overview
             13.10.2 Products & Services
             13.10.3 Recent Developments
             13.10.4 MnM View
     13.11 Golden Plastics
             13.11.1 Overview
             13.11.2 Products & Services
             13.11.3 MnM View

14 Appendix (Page No. - 145)
     14.1 Insights of Industry Experts
     14.2 Discussion Guide
     14.3 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets’ Subscription Portal
     14.4 Introducing RT: Real Time Market Intelligence
     14.5 Available Customizations
     14.6 Related Reports


List of Tables (73 Tables)

Table 1 Scenario 1: 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 2 Scenario 1: Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 3 Scenario 2: 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 4 Scenario 2:Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 5 Scenario 1: Photopolymers 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 6 Scenario 1: Photopolymers 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 7 Scenario 2: Photopolymers 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 8 Scenario 2: Photopolymers 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 9 Scenario 1: ABS 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 10 Scenario 1: ABS 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020, (Tons)
Table 11 Scenario 2: ABS 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 12 Scenario 2: ABS 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 13 Scenario 1: Polyamide/Nylon 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 14 Scenario 1: Polyamide/Nylon 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 15 Scenario 2: Polyamide/Nylon 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 16 Scenario 2: Polyamide/Nylon 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 17 Scenario 1: PLA 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 18 Scenario 1: PLA 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 19 Scenario 2: PLA 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 20 Scenario 2: PLA 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 21 Scenario 1 - Market, By Form, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 22 Scenario 1 - Market, By Form, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 23 Scenario 2 - Market, By Form, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 24 Scenario 2 - Market, By Form, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 25 Scenario 1 - 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Application, 2013–2020 (USD Million)
Table 26 Scenario 1 - Market, By Application, 2013–2020 (Tons)
Table 27 Scenario 2 - 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Application, 2013–2020 (USD Million)
Table 28 Scenario 2 - Market, By Application, 2013–2020 (Tons)
Table 29 Scenario 1: 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 30 Scenario 1- Global 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 31 Scenario 2: Global Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 32 Scenario 2: Global 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 33 Scenario 1: Healthcare & Medical 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 34 Scenario 1: Healthcare & Medical 3D Printing Plastics Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 35 Scenario 2: Healthcare & Medical 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 36 Scenario 2: Healthcare & Medical 3D Printing Plastics Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 37 Demand of New Airplanes, By Region, 2014 to 2033
Table 38 Scenario 1: Aerospace & Defense 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 39 Scenario 1: Aerospace & Defense Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 40 Scenario 2: Aerospace & Defense Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 41 Scenario 2: Aerospace & Defense Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 42 Scenario 1: Consumer Goods 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 43 Scenario 1: Consumer Goods Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 44 Scenario 2: Consumer Goods Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 45 Scenario 2: Consumer Goods Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 46 Scenario 1: Automotive 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 47 Scenario 1: Automotive Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 48 Scenario 2: Automotive Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 49 Scenario 2: Automotive Market, By Type, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 50 Scenario 1: Global 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Region, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 51 Scenario 1: Global Market, By Region, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 52 Scenario 2: Global Market, By Region, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 53 Scenario 2: Global Market, By Region, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 54 Scenario 1: North America 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 55 Scenario 1: North America Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 56 Scenario 2: North America Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 57 Scenario 2: North America Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 58 Scenario 1: Europe 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 59 Scenario 1: Europe Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 60 Scenario 2: Europe Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 61 Scenario 2: Europe Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 62 Scenario 1: Asia-Pacific 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 63 Scenario 1: Asia-Pacific Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 64 Scenario 2: Asia-Pacific Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 65 Scenario 2: Asia-Pacific Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 66 Scenario 1: RoW 3D Printing Plastic Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 67 Scenario 1: RoW Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 68 Scenario 2: RoW Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 69 Scenario 2: RoW Market, By Country, 2013-2020 (Tons)
Table 70 New Product Launches & New Product Development, 2010-2016
Table 71 Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012-2014
Table 72 Partnerships, Agreements & Collaborations, 2012-2015
Table 73 Expansions, 2011-2015


List of Figures (54 Figures)

Figure 1 3D Printing Plastic Market Segmentation
Figure 2 Research Design
Figure 3 Breakdown of Primary Interviews, By Company Type, Designation, & Region
Figure 4 Market Size Estimation: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 5 Market Size Estimation: Top-Down Approach
Figure 6 3D Printing Plastic Market: Data Triangulation
Figure 7 Aerospace & Defense Segment is Expected to Dominate the 3D Printing Plastic Market Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 8 3D Printing Plastic Market in Asia-Pacific is Expected to Register High Growth Rate in Comparison to Other Regions Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 9 3D Printing Plastic Market Size, By Country, 2014 (USD Million)
Figure 10 Scenario 1 - Aerospace & Defense and Healthcare & Medical Industries are Expected to Drive the Demand for 3D Printing Plastics Between 2015 - 2020
Figure 11 Scenario 2 – Automotive Industry Drives the Demand for 3D Printing Plastics Between 2015 - 2020
Figure 12 Scenario 2 Projects Higher Growth Rate for 3D Printing Plastic Market Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 13 Scenario 1 - Asia-Pacific is Expected to Be the Key Market for 3D Printing Plastics
Figure 14 Asia-Pacific is Expected Grow at the Highest CAGR in Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 Between 2015 - 2020
Figure 15 Japan is Estimated to Account for the Highest Share in the Asia-Pacific 3D Printing Plastic Market Between 2015 - 2020
Figure 16 Scenario 1 - Filament Segment Will Contribute the Maximum Share Between 2015-2020
Figure 17 China to Emerge as A Lucrative Market for 3D Printing Plastics Between 2015 - 2020
Figure 18 3D Printing Plastic Market has High Growth Potential in the Commericial/Industrial Segment Between 2015 - 2020
Figure 19 Asia-Pacific 3D Printing Plastics Market is Expected to Progress at A High Growth Rate During the Forecast Period
Figure 20 Scenario 1- 3D Printing Plastic Market Share, By Material Type (USD Million)-Comparsion Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 21 Market, By Form
Figure 22 Market, By Region
Figure 23 Market Dynamics: 3D Printing Plastic Market
Figure 24 Raw Materials Dominate the Value Chain With Increase in Demand for Composite Grades
Figure 25 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (2014)
Figure 26 Market, By Type, 2015 & 2020 (USD Million)
Figure 27 Photopolymers 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2015 & 2020 (USD Million)
Figure 28 ABS 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2015 & 2020 (USD Million)
Figure 29 Polyamide/Nylon 3D Printing Plastics Market, By End User, 2015 & 2020 (USD Million)
Figure 30 PLA 3D Printing Plastic Market, By End User, 2015 & 2020 (USD Million)
Figure 31 Scenario 1 - Filament is the Leading Segment in the 3D Printing Plastic Market By Form Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 32 The Commericial/Industrial Segment is Projected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 33 Healthcare & Medical is Expected to Drive 3D Printing Plastics Market Between 2015 & 2020
Figure 34 Healthcare & Medical 3D Printing Plastic Market (USD Million)
Figure 35 Asia-Pacific is Expected to Register Highest CAGR in Consumer Goods 3D Printing Plastic Market (USD Million) Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 36 Automotive 3D Printing Plastic Market 2015 vs 2020 (USD Million)
Figure 37 China is the Fastest Growing Market in 3D Printing Plastics Market Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 38 Snapshot: North America 3D Printing Plastic Market
Figure 39 Snapshot: Europe 3D Printing Plastic Market
Figure 40 Snapshot: Asia-Pacific 3D Printing Plastics Market (USD Million)
Figure 41 Snapshot: RoW 3D Printing Plastic Market
Figure 42 New Product Launch: Most Preferred Strategy By Key Companies Over the Last Few Years
Figure 43 Battle for Market Share: New Product Launch Was the Key Strategy, 2010-2016
Figure 44 Market Evolution Framework: Significant Product Launches Fueled the Growth and Innovation During 2011-2015
Figure 45 Regional Revenue Mix of Top Five Market Players
Figure 46 3D Systems Corporation: Business Overview
Figure 47 3D Systems Corporation: SWOT Analysis
Figure 48 Arkema S.A.: Business Overview
Figure 49 Arkema S.A.: SWOT Analysis
Figure 50 Stratasys Ltd.: Business Overview
Figure 51 Stratasys Ltd.: SWOT Analysis
Figure 52 Royal DSM N.V.: Business Overview
Figure 53 Royal DSM N.V.: SWOT Analysis
Figure 54 Eos GmbH Electro Optical Systems: SWOT Analysis

The global 3D printing plastic market size, according to scenario one, is estimated to be USD 182.2 Million in 2014 and is projected to reach USD 692.2 Million by 2020, at a CAGR of 25.7% from 2015 to 2020, whereas scenario two projects the market size to reach USD 822.7 Million by 2020, at a CAGR of 34.6% from 2017 to 2020. Availability of wide range of grades as per different applications, and decreasing crude oil price, along with the demand for advanced and qualitative products, is expected to drive the global market during the forecast period.

The photopolymers type segment contributed the largest share in the global 3D printing plastic market in 2014 and is expected to remain the largest segment by type during the forecast period. This growth is mainly attributed to the increasing demand for healthcare and medical equipment. In addition, photopolymers are widely used in SLA technology and for prototyping of static models in various end-user industries. Polyamide/nylon is estimated to be the fastest-growing type segment during the forecast period owing to its increasing demand from both commercial as well as domestic applications. The growth of polyamide/nylon segment is dependent on the growth of laser sintering technology.

Filament form segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Ink and powder are the major forms for 3D printing plastic market. Filament contributed to the largest market share in 2014 owing to its versatile properties and application in various end-user industries such as food packaging, disposable garments, upholstery, tableware, comparatively, and so on. Ink form segment is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Ink is mostly preferred due to its high resolution printing capability. Commercial/Industrial application segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Healthcare & medical end-user industry contributed the largest share in the 3D printing plastic market in 2014 and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Aerospace & defense, consumer goods, and automotive are the major end-user industries for market. Healthcare & medical contributed to the largest market share in 2014 due to new improved technologies, financial support from government, and rapid product development.

3D Printing Plastics Market

North America led the global 3D printing plastic market in 2014 with the U.S. leading the regional market owing to the presence of major 3D printing plastics manufacturers such as Stratasys Ltd., 3D Systems Corporation, and others. North America also has the highest number of 3D printing startups focused on niche markets.

Lack of adoption of new technologies in the developing regions is likely to restraint the market growth in coming years. In addition, the market being dominated by few large players, need for certification of grades in high-end industries such as healthcare & medical, and high production cost for commercial grades are some other inhibiting factors for market.

3D Systems Corporation (U.S.) is one of the most active players in the global 3D printing plastic market. It has expanded its business in different regions to increase its global reach and also to cater to the diversified demands of its prospective clients. The company has also made efforts to modify and innovate its product series over the last five years. It has entered into various corporate agreements and has acquired several companies with the vision of long-term profits and strengthening foothold in the market.

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