Published November 2016
Report # SMP-3D-COMP-1116

SmarTech Publishing is seeing growing interest and development activities around the use of composites – especially carbon- and glass-fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials within the 3D printing/additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) community We believe that such developments are creating new revenue generation opportunities within 3DP/AM by expanding upon current labor-intensive composite materials manufacturing processes for the production of final.....

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Published November 2016
Report # SMP-AM-TI2017-1116

SmarTech Publishing was the first industry analysis firm to publish a report on the market opportunities emerging from additively manufactured titanium.  In this story, we bring the story up to date with a full analysis on the markets for of AM utilizing metal powders and other titanium feedstocks in modern commercial additive manufacturing systems. We believe.....

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Published February 2016
Report # SMP-AM-MP-0216

While a number of firms in 3D printing faltered in 2015, participants in the metal additive manufacturing segment continued on their path of explosive growth. With interest and acceptance from critical industries at an all time high, the conversation for widespread metal additive manufacturing is beginning to shift from “when?” to “where?” – a question.....

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Published December 2015
Report # SMP-3D-POLY-1215

3D printing began with polymer printing over three decades ago as a revolutionary rapid prototyping tool, but today use of polymers in various 3D printing technologies are evolving into rapid tooling and manufacturing applications in ways that will enable the market for various thermoplastics, composites, and photopolymers to achieve massive growth over the next decade......

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Published October 2015
Report # SMP-AM-TI-1015

A new specialty market report from SmarTech is the first of its kind to explore opportunities and considerations specifically for titanium and titanium alloys, to be released in October 2015. Titanium is becoming one of three premiere metal group opportunities for additive manufacturing systems of numerous types, sought after primarily for its high strength to.....

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Published March 2015
Report # SMP-3D-PM-0315

SmarTech believes that 3D printing of gold, silver, platinum and precious metal alloys will present important opportunities for the 3D printing community in the near future. 3D printing has been of growing importance in the jewelry industry for a decade and we are about see 3D printing enter new territory; directly fabricated jewelry, timepiece components, and.....

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Published November 2014
Report # SMP-AM-MP-1114

The market for metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) applications will take off over the next five years: New applications in the aerospace, oil & gas, medical, and dental sectors will increase demand for powered materials exponentially. In this regard, SmarTech believes that GE’s recent $50 million dollar investment in it’s Auburn, Alabama plant to additively manufacture.....

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Published August 2014
Report # SMP-3D-P-0814

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.....

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Published October 2013
Report # SMP-3D-PM-1013

After many years as a niche technology for rapid prototyping, 3D printing has suddenly emerged as manufacturing technology with a thousand uses spread across a very diverse user base.  Possible and actual users of 3D printers now include everyone from hobbyists to dentists to jewelers to giant aerospace firms. SmarTech sees these trends as creating an.....

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