Opportunities for 3D Printing Precious Metals: Jewelry and Other Applications

Opportunities for 3D Printing Precious Metals: Jewelry and Other Applications

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 accessories made from precious metal powder 
  • We also expect new opportunities for 3D-printed precious metals to emerge in the medical/dental and electronics sectors.  For example, 3D printers can be used with additive-appropriate gold alloy powders as a result of increasing awareness of complications developing from use of less-inert gold substitutes
  • The budding area of 3D-printed electronics are expected to use silver and gold inks for customized and short run fabrication of antennas and PCBs 

This new report identifies the market opportunities for 3D-printed precious metals and provides ten-year forecasts for them in both volume (Kgs) and value ($millions) terms.  Breakouts by type of metal and application are also included as are product/market assessments of the leading equipment and service players in this space.

Readers of this report will gain insight into the established market for printed jewelry casts, directly fabricated jewelry and consumer products utilizing precious metal materials, as well as emerging uses for the 3D printing of precious metal powders and compatible precious metal materials.  Coverage includes:

  • Analysis of applicable print technologies, materials, printers, and market leaders
  • Market opportunity segmentation by application, print technology, and material type
  • Quantified scenario analysis for emerging trends in 3D printable precious metals
  • Survey of relevant supply chains for 3D printed jewelry and consumer products utilizing precious metals

Chapter One: Analysis of Commercially Viable 3D Printing Applications for Precious Metals 
1.1 Background to Precious Metal Printing 
1.1.1 The Death of 2D “Printed Electronics” and Its Meaning for the Precious Metals Industry 
1.1.2 3D-Printed Precious Metals Rising 
1.1.3 Jewelry and Related Consumer Products as the Main Driver for the Use of Precious Metals in 3D Printing 
1.1.4 Dental, Biomedical and Printed Electronics Applications for 3D Printed Precious Metals 
1.1.5 Current and Future Challenges for Metals in 3D Printing 
1.1.6 Relevant 3D Printing Technologies for Fabrication of Precious Metals 
1.2 Objective of this Report 
1.3 Methodology of this Report 
1.4 Report Outline 

Chapter Two: Evolution of 3D Printed Precious Metal Powder Printing 
2.1 Precious Metal Powder Materials for 3D Printing
2.1.1 Evolution of Precious Metals for 3D Printing 
2.1.2 Gold and Gold Alloys 
2.1.3 Silver 
2.1.4 Platinum 
2.2 Current and Future Suppliers of Precious Metals for 3D Printing 
2.2.1 Emergence of Supply Chain Partnerships 
2.2.2 Progold (Italy) 
2.2.3 Hilderbrand (Switzerland) 
2.2.4 Legor (Italy) 
2.2.5 Cooksongold (United Kingdom) 
2.2.6 Argen (United States) 
2.3 Current 3D Printers Suitable for Supporting Precious Metal Printing 
2.3.1 Key Considerations for Development of Precious Metal Printing Systems 
2.4 Summary of Key Points 

Chapter Three: The Market for 3D Printed Jewelry 
3.1 The Jewelry Industry as a Market for 3D Printing 
3.1.1 Jewelry’s Current Place in the 3D Printing Sector 
3.1.2 Bigger Brands, More 3D Printing? 
3.1.3 “Fast Fashion,” Jewelry and 3D Printing 
3.1.4 The Future of 3D Printing in Jewelry 
3.2 Current Applications of 3D Printing in Jewelry Production 
3.2.1 Rings, Necklaces and Earrings 
3.2.2 Watches and Timepiece Components 
3.2.3 Fashion Accessories and Other Consumer Products 
3.3 Lost-Wax Investment Casting and the 3D Printed Jewelry Value Chain 
3.3.1 3D Print Technologies for Lost-Wax Applications 
3.4 Direct Jewelry Fabrication via Precious Metal Powders and Powder Bed Fusion 
3.5 Evolution in 3D Print Technology Supporting Jewelry Manufacturing 
3.6 Role of Low-Cost 3D Printers in Jewelry Manufacturing 
3.7 Firms to Watch in 3D Printed Jewelry: Equipment Providers 
3.7.1 3D Systems (United States) 
3.7.2 Asiga (United States) 
3.7.3 Autodesk (United States) 
3.7.4 DWS (Italy) 
3.7.5 EnvisionTEC (Germany) 
3.7.6 EOS (Germany) 
3.7.7 Realizer (Germany) 
3.7.8 Solidscape/Stratasys (United States) 
3.8 Firms to Watch in 3D Printed Jewelry: Service Providers 
3.8.1 i.materialise (Materialise) (Belgium) 
3.8.2 Sculpteo (France) 
3.8.3 Shapeways (United States) 
3.9 Barriers to Adoption of Directly Fabricated Jewelry 
3.9.1 Optimization of Machines for Jewelry 
3.9.2 Cost Issues 
3.10 Opportunities to Add Value to Existing Jewelry Value Chain 
3.10.1 Development of Custom Retail Platforms in 3D Printed Jewelry 
3.11 Impact of Directly Fabricated Jewelry and Precious Metal Printing 
3.12 Key Points From this Chapter 

Chapter Four: Other Emerging Applications in 3D Printing of Precious Metals 
4.1 Dental Applications for Precious Metals in 3D Printing 
4.1.1 Precious Metals Utilized in Dental Additive Manufacturing 
4.1.2 Factors Affecting Use of Precious Metals in Global Dentistry 
4.1.3 Future Outlook for Precious Metals in Additive Manufacturing Dentistry 
4.2 Non-Dental Biomedical Uses for Additive Manufacturing of Precious Metals 
4.2.1 Implants 
4.2.2 Other Applications 
4.3 3D Printed Electronic Applications for Precious Metals 
4.3.1 Appropriate 3D Printing Technologies for Electronics 
4.3.2 3D Printed Embedded Antennae 
4.3.3 3D Printed Sensors 
4.3.4 Other Applications for 3D Printing in Electronics 
4.3.5 Challenges and Future for 3D Printed Electronics Using Precious Metals 
4.4 3DP Applications for Platinum 
4.5 Key Points from this Chapter 

Chapter Five: Ten-Year Forecasts for 3D Printing Using Precious Metals 
5.1 Ten-Year Forecasts for Precious Metal 3D Printing and Related Applications 
5.1.1 Shipments of Precious Metal Printers:  Ten-Year Forecasts 
5.1.2 Ten-Year Forecast of Precious Metal Printer Hardware Market 
5.1.3 Ten-Year Precious Metals Forecasts:  Powder and Silver Inks 
5.1.4 Ten-Year Precious Metals Powder Forecasts:  By Type of Metals 
5.2 Ten-Year Forecasts for 3D Printed Jewelry Industry and Directly Fabricated AM Precious Metal Jewelry 
5.2.1 Jewelry Printers Sold by Print Technology and Cost Class – Ten-Year Forecast 
5.2.2 Ten-Year Forecast of Photopolymer Demand for Jewelry 
5.2.3 3D Printed Jewelry Market – Ten-Year Total Market Opportunity Forecast 
5.2.4 Ten-Year Forecast for Directly Fabricated Jewelry 
5.3 Ten-Year Forecasts for Non-Jewelry Precious Metal 3D Printing Applications 
5.3.1 Ten-Year Forecast of Precious Metal Demand by Non-Jewelry Application Group 
5.3.2 Ten-Year Forecast of Precious Metal Demand for Electronics 
5.3.3 Ten-Year Forecast of Precious Metal Demand for Dentistry 

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About the Analyst 

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Precious Metal AM (PMAM) Application Matrix
Exhibit 1-2: Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing Market Opportunity Summary 
Exhibit 1-3: Benefits of Directly Fabricated Jewelry via AM versus Investment Casting 
Exhibit 1-4: Summary of Relevant AM Technologies and Requirements in Precious Metals 
Exhibit 2-1: Current 3D Printers Suitable for Supporting Precious Metal Printing 
Exhibit 3-1: Traditional Jewelry Investment Casting Process Chain 
Exhibit 3-2: 3D Printing Investment Casting Process Chain 
Exhibit 3-3: Future Evolution of 3D Print Technologies in Jewelry 
Exhibit 3-4: Directly Fabricated Jewelry via 3D Printing Process Chain 
Exhibit 4-1: Dental Applications AM Matrix 
Exhibit 4-2: Aerosol Jet Material Compatibility for Functional Electronics Printing 
Exhibit 5-1: Precious Metal Powder Printer Annual Units and Installed Base, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-2: Precious Metal Printer Hardware Revenue, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-3: Total Precious Metal Material Demand, Powder versus Silver Ink, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-4: Precious Metal Powder Material Revenue, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-5: Total Jewelry Printers Sold, by Print Technology 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-6: Low Cost Versus Professional Printers Sold Annually, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-7: Total Photopolymer Demand, Jewelry Applications, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-8: Total Market Opportunity, Traditional 3D Printed Jewelry, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-9: Total Estimated Annual Directly Fabricated Jewelry, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-10: Total Market Opportunity, Directly Fabricated Jewelry Products and Services, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-11: Total Precious Metal Material Demand by Application Group, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-12: Total 3D Printed Silver Ink Electronic Components, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-13: Total Value 3D Printed Silver Electronic Components, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-14: Total Value Precious Metal Dental Components, 2014-2024 

1) The most in-depth study of precious metal printing and 3D printed jewelry markets. 3D printing has made significant inroads into the production of jewelry over the past decade, and is a significant process in modern jewelry creation. No other study of production techniques, print technology, materials, and market scope exists to date for jewelry manufacturers and 3D printing professionals to measure new product development against in the area of printed jewelry!

2) Metal additive manufacturing system sales are exploding - and precious metal powder materials hold real potential for commercial value in several key 3D printing vertical markets. But adoption of directly fabricated precious metal components are tied directly to expansion or disruption of existing 3D printing and traditional production markets, such as the emergence of directly fabricated jewelry. In order to anticipate potential commercial impact of these areas, you need analysis and data on existing and emerging uses of 3D printing and new precious-metal capable systems.

3) Precious metal materials are extremely high value compared even to other high performance metals. Materials such as gold and silver alloys are desirable for their properties in a variety of applications, but due to their cost many alternatives have been created. However, in markets for jewelry, printed electronics, and dentistry, there is often no replacing the real deal. Learn how future print volumes in these applications will contribute to demand for valuable precious metal materials.

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