Metal 3D Printing Services: Service Revenues, Printer Purchases and Materials Consumption – 2018 to 2027

Report # SMP-AM-MSP-0918
Published August 14, 2018
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This report analyzes the opportunities and value propositions for metal 3D printing services from the perspective of the service bureaus (including specialty metal service bureaus) themselves and of printer makers, materials firms and the end user community. The coverage of this report includes:

New directions and strategies for service bureaus.
Metal printing is challenging and expertise in this area may protect service bureau from losing business to end users who buy their own printers. Some service bureaus believe additive manufacturing is a tool that can take market share from traditional metal working firms. Will the new desktop metal printing technology create new opportunities for service bureaus?

Metal powder firm strategies for the service bureau sector.
These strategies include both increasing sales of metal powders to service bureau and growing metal powder businesses by entering the service bureau directly

Service bureau opportunities for traditional third-party suppliers — hybrid manufacturing strategies.
Some traditional machine shops have become early adopters of metal additive manufacturing. Metal 3D printing processes are increasingly used by third-party parts and prototype firms, leading to hybrid manufacturing arrangements incorporating 3D printing along with established processes such as casting

The future of 3D printer makers in the metal service bureau industry.
Selling more metal machines to service bureaus, while strengthening their own metal service offerings

This report provides ten-year forecasts of service provider revenues, broken out by by type of service provider; along with the projections of printers, processes and the types of metals used by service providers of different types. In addition, we analyze the future goals and strategies of leading firms – including printer makers — who make metal 3DP services a major part of their business activities.

Executive Summary
E.1 Key drivers for metal service bureau activity
E.2 Metal strategies for general-purpose service bureaus
E.3 Analysis of demand for metals-oriented 3D printing services
E.3.1 Trends in types of metals printed in service bureau
E.4 Consultative and finishing aspects of metals 3D printing services
E.5 Specialized software for service bureau – importance for metals printing
E.6 Summary of ten-year forecasts contained in this report
E.6.1 Forecasts of service revenue by type of bureau and geography
E.6.2 Forecast of type of machines and process used
E.6.3 Forecast by types of metal used
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this report
1.2 Goal and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.4 Plan of this report
Chapter Two: Business Characteristics of Metal-Printing Service Bureau
2.1 Changing role of metals in general-purpose service bureaus
2.1.1. Key trends in metals printed by service bureaus
2.1.2 Can metal printing protect service bureau from losing business to end user machines?
2.2.3 Can metal printing steal market share from traditional metal working firms?
2.2.4 Role of service bureaus in the finishing and certification of metal printed parts.
2.2 Why specialist metal printing services are on the rise
2.3 Metal powder firms and service bureau
2.3.1 Increasing sales of metal powders to service bureau
2.3.2 Metal powder businesses entering the service bureau directly
2.4 Traditional machine shops as early adopters of metal additive manufacturing
2.4.1 Hybrid metals manufacturing: Additive manufacturing plus traditional methods
2.5 Role of desktop metal printing at service bureau
2.6 3D-printing service software in a metal service bureau
2.7 Summary of key points in this chapter
Chapter Three Markets, Demand Patterns and Ten-Year Forecasts
3.1 Aerospace and defense
3.1.1 Role of service bureau for manufacturing metal parts
3.1.2 Types of metals printed for aerospace/defense by service bureaus
3.1.3 Other metals related revenues for service bureau in the aerospace/defense sector
3.1.4 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of part/application
3.1.5 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of metals service provider
3.1.6 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by size of establishment and geography
3.1.7 Ten-year forecast of machines and materials used
3.2 Automotive
3.2.1 Role of service bureau for manufacturing metal parts
3.2.2 Types of metals printed for automotive firms by service bureaus
3.2.3 Other metals related revenues for service bureau in the automotive sector
3.2.4 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of part/application
3.2.5 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of metals service provider
3.2.6 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by size of establishment and geography
3.2.7 Ten-year forecast of machines and materials used
3.2.8 Are automotive service bureau the next big thing?
3.3 Oil and Gas Industry
3.3.1 Role of service bureau for manufacturing metal parts
3.3.2 Types of metals printed for oil and gas firms by service bureaus
3.3.3 Other metals related revenues for service bureau in the oil and gas sector
3.3.4 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of part/application
3.3.5 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of metals service provider
3.3.6 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by size of establishment and geography
3.3.7 Ten-year forecast of machines and materials used
3.4 Medical and dental
3.4.1 Role of service bureau for manufacturing metal parts
3.4.2 Types of metals printed for healthcare by service bureaus
3.4.3 Other metals related revenues for service bureau in the medical/dental sector
3.3.4 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of part/application
3.3.5 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by type of metals service provider
3.3.6 Ten-year forecast of service revenues by size of establishment and geography
3.3.7 Ten-year forecast of machines and materials used
3.3.8 Metal 3D printing in medical and dental labs
3.4 Other markets for metal print services
3.4.1 Other industrial markets: Ten-year forecast
3.4.2 Energy markets: Ten-year forecast
3.4.3 Metals, consumer service bureau and mass customization: Ten-year forecast
3.4.4 Metals, test marketing and service bureau: Ten-year forecast
3.4.5 Summary of key points in this chapter
Chapter Four: Strategic Analysis of Leading 3D Printing Services
Metal Additive Manufacturing Service Providers
4.1 3D Systems (Layerwise)
4.2 BeamIT
4.3 Burloak Technologies
4.4 Carpenter/CalRAM
4.5 DM3D
4.6 ExOne
4.7 FIT
4.8 GE Additive
4.9 Hoganas
4.10 i3DMFG
4.11 Linear AMS
4.12 Materialise
4.13 MTI (Metal Technology Incorporated)
4.14 Oerlikon/Citim
4.15 Proto Labs
4.16 Renishaw
4.17 Sculpteo
4.18 Sintavia
4.19 Material Solutions (Siemens)
4.20 Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
4.21 Voestelpine
Metal Service Provider Networks
4.22 3D Hubs
4.23 Hitch3DPrint
4.24 Xometry

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