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Opportunities for Nickel Alloys in Additive Manufacturing - 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

Opportunities for Nickel Alloys in Additive Manufacturing - 2017:  An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast

In yet another first, SmarTech Publishing presents the first ever multi-market deep dive research study into additive manufacturing with nickel alloys utilizing powder based AM/3DP and other AM technologies. This study is complimentary to our research portfolio in metal additive manufacturing materials and related applications, and looks into the world of nickel alloys and the current and future potential for short run and serial production utilizing various AM techniques.

Nickel based additive manufacturing is centered around superalloys ranging from Inconel to Hastelloy variants, with potential for a huge amount of material customization to fit a wide range of applications where highly resistant alloys are required. Though the aerospace industry is driving the vast majority of production opportunities in nickel AM, power generation and oil and gas applications also now have parts made of nickel superalloys by laser powder bed fusion systems in full-on production worldwide. This, along with tertiary emerging opportunities in both automotive and healthcare opportunities are combining to make nickel additive manufacturing the second most demanded material for AM processes over the next decade behind the diverse steel material segment.

With electron beam melting technology now growing in its use of popular Inconel 718 alloy since it's blanket qualification for use in Arcam technology in late 2014, the landscape for driving additive manufacturing technologies in the use of nickel superalloy printing is changing. Meanwhile, supply chains for nickel alloy powder are expanding, with Alcoa/Arconic and ATI Metals both targeting production of such powders for additive manufacturing.

As a specialty study in a specific material, this report presents our latest -- and highly granular -- market forecast data as well as critical market analysis for use of nickel alloys in key industries adopting AM, as well as considerations for the future adoption and use in other applications. The primary opportunity factors related to the broader supply chain, primary providers of AM nickel powder and other forms, and analysis of the print technologies and powder production processes all combine to help business development and strategy professionals determine how to focus their efforts in nickel powder, parts, and print technologies.

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Chapter One: State of Metal Additive Manufacturing in Q4 2016 
1.1 Relative Scope of Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing Market 
1.2 Segmentation of Key Markets for Nickel-Based Additive Manufacturing 
1.2.1 Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Aerospace Industry 
1.2.2 Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry 
1.2.3 Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in the Automotive Industry 
1.2.4 Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Other Industries – Maritime, Energy, Defense, Medical, and Dental 
1.3 Key Trends in Metal Additive Manufacturing Influencing Demand for Nickel Alloys 
1.3.1 Development of Quality Assurance Initiatives in  Metal AM 
1.3.2 Development of Part Testing Processes for Titanium Components made via Metal AM 
1.3.3 Development of Metal AM-Specific Print Preparation and Simulation Software 
1.4 Summary of Nickel AM Markets and Future Growth Opportunities: Q4 2016 
1.4.1 Trailing Eighteen Month Review: Notable Market Developments in Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing 
1.4.2 Summary of Forecasts for Nickel Alloys in Additive Manufacturing 

Chapter Two: Key Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Processes for the Advancement and Use of Nickel Alloys 
2.1 Nickel Alloy Metal Powder Characterization for Use in Additive Manufacturing 
2.1.1 General Requirements for Spherical Nickel Alloy Metal Powders for AM 
2.2 Metal Powder Bed Fusion Technology and Related Metal Powder Production Considerations 
2.2.1 Laser-Based Metal Powder Bed Fusion 
2.2.2 Electron Beam-Based Metal Powder Bed Fusion 
2.3 Blown Powder Directed Energy Systems and Related Metal Powder Production Considerations 
2.4 Wire-Based Directed Energy Deposition Technology and Market Considerations 
2.5 Key Points from This Chapter 

Chapter Three: Analysis of Nickel Powder Supply Chain for Additive Manufacturing – Production Techniques, Suppliers, and Users 
3.1 Supply Chain Considerations for Nickel Alloy Powder and Additive Manufacturing 
3.2 Review of Available Production Methods for Nickel Alloy Powders Used in Additive Manufacturing 
3.2.1 Gas-Based Atomization Methods 
3.2.2 Plasma-Based Atomization Methods 
3.2.3 Emerging AM Powder Production Methods 
3.3 Review of Commercially Available Nickel Alloy Products for Additive Manufacturing Systems 
3.4 Influential Suppliers of Nickel Alloy Powders for Additive Manufacturing and Market Share Analysis 
3.4.1 AP&C 
3.4.2 LPW Technology 
3.4.3 Praxair Surface Technologies 
3.4.4 Puris, LLC 
3.4.5 H.C. Starck 
3.4.6 ATI Metals Corp. 
3.4.7 Alcoa/Arconic 
3.4.8 Sandvik Materials Technology 
3.4.9 Carpenter Powder Products 
3.4.10 Overall Nickel Powder Market Share Visualization 

Chapter Four: Ten Year Market Forecasts for Nickel Alloys and Nickel Additive Manufacturing 
4.1 Methodology Review 
4.2 Metal 3D Printing Hardware Forecasts 
4.2.1 Annual Unit Sales and Market Growth 
4.2.2 Install Base 
4.3 Nickel Powder Demand and Revenues by Vertical Industry 
4.3.1 3D-Printed Nickel Alloys in Aerospace 
4.3.2 3D-Printed Nickel Alloys in Oil and Gas 
4.3.3 3D-Printed Nickel Alloys in Automotive 
4.3.4 3D-Printed Nickel Alloys in Other Markets (Service Bureaus, Energy, Healthcare, Defense, etc.) 

About SmarTech Publishing 
About the Analyst 
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report 

List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1-1: Comparison of Metal AM Material Segments 
Exhibit 1-2: Potential AM Powder Market for Resistant Industrial Materials 
Exhibit 1-3: Total Projected Aerospace Industry Metal AM Install Base & AM Sites, 2015-2026 
Exhibit 1-4: Using AM to Address Oil and Gas’ Biggest Challenges 
Exhibit 1-5: Total Projected Oil and Gas Industry Metal AM Install Base & AM Sites, 2015-2026 
Exhibit 1-6: Total Projected Automotive Industry Metal AM Install Base & AM Sites, 2015-2026 
Exhibit 1-7: Summary of Nickel Additive Manufacturing Opportunities by Market Segment 
Exhibit 1-8: Summary of Available Specialty Metal AM Print Preparation Software Packages 
Exhibit 1-9: Summary of Nickel Powder-Based Additive Manufacturing Opportunities by Material Sales (millions of $USD), All Markets 
Exhibit 2-1: Current Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology Hierarchy 
Exhibit 2-2: Laser Metal Powder Bed Fusion System Parameters 
Exhibit 2-3: Electron-Based Powder Bed Fusion System Parameters 
Exhibit 2-4: Powder Based Directed Energy Deposition System Parameters 
Exhibit 2-5: Total Projected Nickel Wire Shipments for Additive Manufacturing Systems versus Powder, All Markets, 2015-2026 
Exhibit 3-1: AM Metal Powder Production Process Flow 
Exhibit 3-2: Comparison of Titanium Powder Production Techniques for Use in Additive Manufacturing 
Exhibit 3-3: Commercially Available Nickel Alloys for Additive Manufacturing Systems 
Exhibit 3-4: Projected 2016 Nickel Powder Market Shares for Additive Manufacturing, all Markets, by Participant 
Exhibit 4-1: Total Projected Annual Metal 3D Printing System Unit Sales, by Technology — 2015-2026 
Exhibit 4-2: Total Projected Metal System Install Base, by Technology — 2015-2026 
Exhibit 4-3: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Demand, by Type — Aerospace Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-4: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Revenue, by Type — Aerospace Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-5: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Demand, by Type — Oil and Gas Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-6: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Revenue, by Type — Oil and Gas Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-7: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Demand, by Type — Automotive Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-8: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Revenue, by Type — Automotive Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-9: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Demand, by Type — Service Bureau Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-10: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Revenue, by Type — Service Bureau Industry, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-11: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Revenue, by Type — Healthcare Collective, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-12: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Demand, by Type — Other Industries, 2014-2026 
Exhibit 4-13: Total Annual Nickel Alloys Metal Powder Revenue, by Type — Other Industries, 2014-2026 

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