3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing. It is called so since it describes how the technology works, by successively adding thin layers of micros to create the desired object. All of the 3D printing technologies work on this same, basic principle of adding layers over layers. 3D printers work in three steps to create objects – designing 3D file of the desired object, the actual printing process which uses plastics, ceramics, glass, food, textiles and then, the finishing process which needs specific skills and expertise like to be sanded, lacquered or painted. This technology is continuously growing and the processes are ever changing. Depending on factors like budget, function and design, material for printing is used. This technology is helpful in creating many new objects which earlier wasn’t possible due to mass productions.
The report “3D Printing Metals Market – Global Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Trends, and Forecasts up to 2022” gives a detailed analysis on the 3D printing metals market on the global level. The report provides market size information and their trends with parameters impacting it in the short term and long term. This report gives a complete over – view of the market with important insights of the industry. These will help in making strategic and informed business decisions which will help the investors invest accordingly. The key players in the global market for 3D printing metals are Stratasys, 3D Systems, SABIC, DOW, HP, Materialise, Sandvik Osprey etc.
The 3D printing technology is used across various industries like healthcare, aviation and engineering and the latest breakthrough is the use of metals. The technology of 3D printing metals is highly challenging and limited. Unlike glass, plastics and other materials used for 3D printing, metals are not available in a state that can be easily used. This is because other materials have super-cooled liquids in their thermodynamic profile to makes it easier to undergo repetitive softening when heated.
3D metal printing finds its use mainly in aerospace and defense sectors, which alone constitutes up to a third of the global demands. This is due to the high demand form aircraft companies and engine component manufacturing companies. Since this technology gives high accuracy and perfection, any component of any size can be easily printed. Other industry where it is mostly used is in automotive, dental and medical industries. Due to availability of raw materials and prototyping, the market will continue to growth. Regionally, North America leads the market due to the advanced research and development initiatives.
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