Polymer Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing Technology Markets

Report # SMP-AM-POLY-EXT-0818
Published August 8, 2018
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Polymer Material Extrusion

Polymer material extrusion technology is the most widely adopted in terms of annual unit sales and installed printers at professional user sites, and as a result represents one of the most important areas of the polymer 3D printing industry.

In 2018, the polymer additive manufacturing market is increasingly segmented between several leading print processes, all of which are developing into significant global technology markets for manufacturing. No longer is polymer material extrusion technology at a professional level controlled by one stakeholder (Stratasys) – today over two dozen companies are developing serious polymer material extrusion 3D printing solutions for the professional user in manufacturing-oriented applications. Printers ranging in cost from $2,000 to several hundred thousand dollars are being adopted by companies like Siemens, Bosch, Zeiss, Ford, Volkswagen, Airbus, Caterpillar, and many other multinational manufacturing companies to aid in manufacturing while producing everything from prototypes, to forming tools and patterns, to end use parts directly from the printer.

This study is the first of its kind to specifically examine the market for material extrusion 3D printing, and seeks to identify areas of opportunity which are emerging in the segment at a professional and industrial level across markets of aerospace, automotive, healthcare, print services, consumer products, industrial equipment, and much more. Technical innovations in material extrusion are advancing the technology far beyond the typical desktop gantry extrusion system popularized over the last several years, to include multi-axis extrusion printing, networked printers for swarm manufacturing, and pellet-based high volume extrusion systems for printing of meter-sized parts.

In this report, SmarTech presents a complete market analysis with an emphasis on market data and competitive analysis of the material extrusion 3D printing industry. Market data and forecasts cover hardware and material sales and shipments and installations of printers by geography, machine classification, and end user industry. Those with a stake directly in material extrusion 3D printing, as well as those with an interest in the overall polymer 3D printing solutions market, should understand the factors and trends affecting each individual polymer printing technology widely available today in order to best inform strategic direction and investments.

For a cross-market analysis of polymer 3D printing overall, inclusive of all technologies, refer to SmarTech Publishing’s recent reports Additive Manufacturing with Polymers and Plastics 2018and Polymer Additive Manufacturing Markets in 2018 – Industry Summary.

Chapter One: Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing Markets and Opportunities
1.1 Global Extrusion Hardware Market Landscape and Dynamics in 2018
1.1.1 Current and Forecasted Thermoplastic Material Extrusion 3D Printing Hardware Opportunities
1.1.2 Regional Extrusion Printing Market Metrics
1.1.3 Classic Approaches to Material Extrusion 3D Printing and Related Market Trajectories
1.1.3.1 Swarm Manufacturing Cells
1.1.3.2 In-Situ Thermal Manipulation for Improved Microstructure
1.1.4 Specialized and Next-Generation Material Extrusion Concepts to Expand Applications and Adoption
1.2 Technical Evolution in Extrusion Printing Move Market in New Directions
1.2.1 Fast Deposition, Large Format Thermoplastic and Composite Material Extrusion
1.2.2 Robotic Integration for Multiaxis Extrusion
1.2.3 Hybridization of Material Extrusion with Other Print Processes
1.2.4 Software Enhancements for Material Extrusion Bring Simulation Capabilities for Enhanced Quality Control
1.3 Overview of Print Materials Market for Professional Extrusion Printing
1.3.1 Established Thermoplastics for Material Extrusion
1.3.1.1 Nylon/Polyamide
1.3.1.2 ABS and PLA
1.3.1.3 Other Amorphous Thermoplastics – Polycarbonate, ASA, and TPU
1.3.2 Emerging Thermoplastic Material Opportunities in Material Extrusion
1.3.2.1 Opportunities in Amorphous Thermoplastics – PVC and PEI
1.3.2.2 Opportunities in Semicrystalline Thermoplastics – PAEK Polymers, Polyethylene, and Polypropylene
1.3.2.3 Thermoplastic Composites Utilizing Material Extrusion
1.3.3 Market Opportunities and Sizing for Material Extrusion 3D Printing Materials
1.4 Review of Major Application Areas and End User Segments for Extrusion: 2018 and Beyond
Chapter Two: Analysis of Leading Competitive Entities in Material Extrusion Printing Hardware
2.1 Competitive Analysis of Material Extrusion Hardware Providers
2.1.1 Stratasys
2.1.2 German RepRap
2.1.3 BigRep
2.1.4 Ultimaker
2.1.5 Aleph Objects
2.1.6 Essentium
2.1.7 Cincinnati Incorporated
Chapter Three: Competitive Analysis of Material Extrusion Material Providers
3.1 BASF
3.2 eSun (Shenzhen eSUN Industrial Co. Ltd)
3.2.1 Extrusion 3D Printing Filaments Business
3.2.2 Other Relevant Business Ventures
3.2.3 Brand Positioning and Competitive Analysis
3.3 Polymaker
3.3.1 Filament Materials 3D Printing Business
3.3.2 Brand Positioning, Other Activities, and Competitive Analysis
3.4 3DXTech
3.4.1 Filament 3D Printing Material Business
3.4.2 Other Business Activities, Brand Positioning, and Competitive Analysis
3.5 Fillamentum (Parzlich s.r.o.)
3.5.1 Filament 3D Printing Material Business
3.5.2 Brand Positioning and Competitive Analysis
3.6 Companies of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation – Verbatim and Dutch Filaments (MCPP Netherlands)
3.6.1 Products and Activities of Verbatim
3.6.2 Products and Activities of MCPP Netherlands
3.6.3 Brand Positioning and Competitive Analysis
3.7 Taulman3D
3.7.1 Filament 3D Printing Material Business
3.7.2 Brand Positioning and Competitive Analysis
3.8 ColorFabb
3.8.1 Filament 3D Printing Materials Business
3.8.2 Other Business Activities, Brand Positioning and Competitive Analysis

List of Figures


Exhibit 1-1: Total Global Non-Consumer Material Extrusion 3D Printing Opportunities, by Category, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-2: Total Global Material Extrusion 3D Printing Installations in Professional Settings, by System Classification, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-3: Total Global Material Extrusion 3D Printing Installations in Professional Settings, by End User Industry, 2014-2027
Exhibit 1-4: Average Sales Price Trends in Material Extrusion 3D Printing in Professional Settings, by Printer Classification, 2014-2017
Exhibit 1-5: Average Sales Price Comparison of Material Extrusion 3D Printing in Professional Settings, by End User Industry, 2014-2027
Exhibit 1-6: Revenue-Derived Market Shares for Material Extrusion Hardware in Professional Environments, 2017*
Exhibit 1-7: Revenue-Derived Market Shares for Material Extrusion Hardware in Professional Environments, 2014*
Exhibit 1-8: Total Global Material Extrusion 3D Printer Unit Sales, by System Segment, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-9: Total Global Material Extrusion 3D Printer Revenues, by System Segment, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-10: Total Material Extrusion 3D Printer Revenues, all Printer Segments, by Geographic Region 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-11: Total Material Extrusion 3D Printer Unit Sales, all Printer Segments, by Geographic Region 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-12: Illustration of Material Extrusion Market Trajectories
Exhibit 1-13: Evolutionary Development of Material Extrusion Architecture and Hardware
Exhibit 1-14: Identified 5-Axis Material Extrusion 3D Printers and Development Projects
Exhibit 1-15: Leading Specialty Extrusion 3D Printing Material Providers
Exhibit 1-16: Total Global Projected Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Shipments, by Primary Form Factor, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-18: Total Global Pellet Based Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Shipments, by Category, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-19: Most Common ABS Filament Additives Classes Used and Their Strategic Implications
Exhibit 1-20: Common Fillers and Their Strategic Importance
Exhibit 1-21: Total Global Material Extrusion Material Revenues, by Primary Form Factor, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-22: Total Global Filament Based Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Revenues, by Category, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-23: Total Global Pellet Based Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Revenues, by Category, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-24: Total Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Revenues, all Materials, by Region, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-25: Summary of Applications Influencing Market Growth in Material Extrusion 3D Printing
Exhibit 1-26: Global Material Extrusion 3D Printing Hardware Unit Sales, by End User Industry, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-27: Global Material Extrusion 3D Printing Hardware Revenues, by End User Industry, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-28: Global Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Shipments, all Polymer and Plastic Materials and Composites, by End User Segment, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-29: Global Material Extrusion 3D Printing Material Revenues, all Polymer and Plastic Materials and Composites, by End User Segment, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-30: Total Global Low Cost and Prosumer Material Extrusion Hardware Revenues, by End User Segment, 2014-2027(e)
Exhibit 1-31: Total Global Professional and Production Material Extrusion Hardware Revenues, by End User Segment, 2014-2027(e)
 

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