Current Development and Future Trends of 3D Printing Materials

Current Development and Future Trends of 3D Printing Materials

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Acclaimed as the force to trigger the third industrial revolution, 3D printing has received worldwide attention. Vendors are developing a wide range of 3D printing technologies suitable for diverse applications. Recently, with several key patents expired, low-cost 3D printers have become available and therefore spurred the growth in SOHO 3D printing market and printing materials. This report profiles the current development and future trends of important 3D printing materials, with their properties and applications provided.

List of Topics

Overview of the current development of 3D printing technology and market volume review, touching on the impact of the availability low-cost 3D printers, comprehensive software and services, and a wide range of materials
Profiles of mainstream 3D printing materials, including plastic materials (PLA, ABS, PVA, PA, etc.), metal materials, and other materials (wood fiber, ceramics, sand, gypsum, and paper)
Highlights of emerging 3D printing materials, such as liquid metals, graphene, carbomorph, and biological tissue (hydroxyapatite and hydrogels), and their potential applications
Major trends observed in the development of 3D printing material market, including the popularity of 3D printers using FDM and SLA technologies as their patents expired, and the huge potential expected for the biological printing materials


Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1.Development of 3D Printing Technologies
1.1 Low-Cost Hardware Devices
1.2 Comprehensive Software and Services
1.3 Wide Range of Materials
2.3D Printing Material Market Volume
3.Current Development of 3D Printing Materials
3.1 Plastic Materials
3.1.1 PLA
3.1.2 ABS
3.1.3 PVA
3.1.4 PA
3.1.5 Other Plastic Materials
3.2 Metal Materials
3.2.1 Mixing Metal Powder with Binding Substances
3.2.2 Powder Mixture of Metals with Different Melting Temperatures
3.2.3 Alloy Powder
3.3 Other Materials
3.3.1 Wood Fiber
3.3.2 Ceramics
3.3.3 Sand
3.3.4 Gypsum
3.3.5 Paper
4.New 3D Printing Materials under Development
4.1 Liquid Metals
4.2 Graphene
4.3 Carbomorph
4.4 Biological Tissue
4.4.1 Hydroxyapatite
4.4.2 Hydrogels
MIC Perspectives
Appendix
List of Figures
Figure 1 3D Printing Material Market Volume, 2008 - 2012
Figure 2 3D Printed Objects in Photopolymer Resin
Figure 3 3D Printed Objects in Various Thermoplastics
Figure 4 3D Printed Objects in Metal Before/After Polishing
Figure 5 3D Printed Object in Wood Fiber
Figure 6 3D Printed Objects in Ceramic and Sand
Figure 7 3D Printed Objects in Gypsum, Sand, Paper
Figure 8 NCSU's Printed Objects in Liquid Metal
Figure 9 Applications of Carbomorph Circuit

Companies Mentioned:

American Graphite Technologies
Autodesk
Fenner Drives
Fraunhofer IGB
Google
Graphene 3D Labs Inc.
Graphene Laboratories Inc.
Liquidmetal Technologies Inc.
Lomiko Metals
Materialise
North Carolina State University
Pinterest
Pitotech
Shapeways
Stratasys
Taulman
University of California
Los Angeles
University of Warwick
Voxeljet