Titanium Opportunities In Additive Manufacturing – 2017: An Opportunity Analysis And Ten-year Forecast

Report # SMP-AM-TI2017-1116
Published November 13, 2016

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 that titanium printing is becoming the largest opportunity for metal additive manufacturing materials, with revenues exceeding all other alloy groups used in metal AM over the next ten-year period. Sought after primarily for its high strength to weight ratio, biological inertness, and other desirable properties when combined with additive layer manufacturing, titanium alloys are burgeoning in the medical, aerospace, automotive, dental, and consumer products industries.

With GE purchasing a controlling share in one of the largest titanium additive manufacturing companies in the world, and thus gaining a significant stake in the supply chain for titanium powders used in additive manufacturing systems, the titanium supply chain has been thrust into short term uncertainty. The market is responding to significantly increased demand for high quality, traceable, and exceptionally pure titanium materials for additive manufacturing, with a number of new market entrants having taken place in 2016 and more planned for 2017. Capacity expansions at existing leaders in the titanium powder supply chain are underway, thus creating a chaotic future scenario with potentially over a billion dollars on the line in the future.

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 titanium 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 titanium 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 titanium powder, parts, and print technologies.

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Chapter One: State of Metal and Titanium Additive Manufacturing Market—Trailing  Twelve-Month Review
1.1 Key Trends in Metal Additive Manufacturing Influencing Demand for Titanium
1.1.1 Development of Quality Assurance Initiatives in  Metal AM
1.1.2 Development of Part Testing Processes for Titanium Components Made via Metal AM
1.1.3 Development of Metal AM-Specific Print Preparation and Simulation Software
1.2 Market and Application Tracking – Additively Manufactured Titanium Components and Their Value in Key Markets
1.2.1 Metal AM and Titanium in Aerospace
1.2.1.1 Titanium Aluminide Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace
1.2.1.2 Titanium Helping Drive Metal AM in Aerospace Beyond Aircraft Engine Applications
1.2.1.3 Military and Space Segments Driving Increased Titanium AM
Demand in 2016
1.2.2 Metal AM and Titanium in Orthopedics Stronger Than Previously Projected
1.2.3 Metal AM and Titanium in Dentistry
1.2.3.1 Applying Titanium Additive Manufacturing Technology to the Increasing Dental Implant Market
1.2.3.2 New Dental Application Segment for Oral Appliance Therapy Sleep Apnea Devices Being Dominated by Titanium
1.2.4 Metal AM and Titanium in Automotive and Transportation
1.2.4.1 New 3D Print-Enabled Automotive Design and Manufacturing Platforms Could Bring Metal AM to New Heights in Transportation
1.2.4.2 Metal AM in Automotive Being Driven by Demand for Aluminum and Steel During the Short Term
1.3 Titanium Powder for Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain in Transition Phase
1.3.1 GE Acquisitions Throw Titanium Powder Capacity into Question
1.3.2 Metal Powder Market Surging to Fill in Capacity Gaps for Titanium Powder in AM
1.3.3 Summary of Latest Market Projections for Titanium Metal Powder Demand
1.4 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Two: Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Utilization of Titanium Metal Powders 
2.1 Primary Titanium Powder Characteristics for AM Technology
2.1.1 General Requirements for Spherical Titanium 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 End-User Considerations for Titanium Powder in Additive Manufacturing
2.5.1 Increasing Demand for Titanium Powder with Technical Performance Standards
2.5.2 End-User Considerations for Use of Titanium Additive Manufacturing in Medical Markets
2.5.2.1 Powder Bed Fusion in Implants Increasingly Fragmented, Hold Implications for Titanium Powder Production
2.5.2.2 Competition in Orthopedic Implants from Outside the Metals Segment
2.6 Key Points From this Chapter
Chapter Three: Analysis of Titanium Materials for Additive Manufacturing – Production Methods, Players, and Supply Chain 
3.1 Supply Chain Considerations for Titanium Powder
3.2 Production Methods for Titanium Powder for AM
3.2.1 Gas-Based Atomization Methods
3.2.2 Plasma-Based Atomization Methods
3.2.3 Emerging AM Powder Production Methods
3.2.3.1 Electrolysis (Metalysis)
3.2.3.2 Experimental Processes
3.3 Competing Titanium Materials in the AM Industry
3.3.1 Titanium Versus Nickel Superalloys, Cobalt Chrome, and Aluminum in AM
3.4 Influential AM Titanium Powder Suppliers, Resellers, and Market Share Analysis
3.4.1 AP&C
3.4.2 GKN Hoeganaes
3.4.3 LPW Technology
3.4.4 Metalysis
3.4.5 Praxair Surface Technologies
3.4.6 Puris, LLC
3.4.7 Tekna
3.4.8 Osaka Titanium
3.4.9 Pyrogenesis
3.4.10 H.C. Starck
3.4.11 ATI Metals Corp.
3.4.12 Z3DLab
Chapter Four: Summary of Ten-Year Forecasts for Titanium Powders in 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 Titanium Powder Demand and Revenues by Vertical Industry
4.3.1 3D-Printed Titanium in Aerospace
4.3.2 3D-Printed Titanium in Automotive
4.3.3 3D-Printed Titanium in Medical
4.3.4 3D-Printed Titanium in Dentistry
4.3.5 3D-Printed Titanium in Service Bureaus, Jewelry, and Other Applications
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List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Top Short-Term 3D Print Material Opportunities for Commercial Aerospace and General Aviation
Exhibit 1-2: Total Titanium Mix in Aerospace 3D Printing Applications — Multi-Year Evolution
Exhibit 1-3: Beneficial Traits of 3D-Printed Orthopedic Implants
Exhibit 1-4: Total Projected AM Titanium Powder Demand Comparison, Medical Applications, 2014-2024
Exhibit 1-5: Total Printed Dental Implant Components Opportunity,  2015-2025
Exhibit 1-6: Total Projected Sleep Related Oral Appliance Therapy Devices Printed, 2015-2025
Exhibit 1-7: Total Projected AM Metal Powder Demand (All Alloy Groups and Technologies), Automotive Applications, 2015-2026
Exhibit 1-8: Total Projected 3D-Printed Titanium Metal Powder Demand, 2014-2026 (tons)
Exhibit 1-9: Total Projected 3D-Printed Titanium Metal Powder Revenue, 2014-2026
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 Wire Versus Powder Metal AM System Install Base, Global, 2015-2025
Exhibit 2-6: Total Projected AM Wire Versus Powder Titanium Alloy Shipments, Global, 2015-2025
Exhibit 2-7: Wire-Based AM Industry Demand Comparison
Exhibit 2-8: 3D Printable Implant Material Comparison
Exhibit 2-9: Titanium versus PEKK Orthopedic Implant Material Revenue Mix ($US Millions) — 2014-2024
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: Currently Available Specialty Titanium Alloys for AM
Exhibit 3-4: Potential Future Specialty Titanium Alloys for AM
Exhibit 4-1: Total Projected Annual Metal 3D Printing System Unit Sales, by Technology — 2015-2026
Figure 4-2: Total Projected Metal System Install Base, by Technology
— 2015-2026
Figure 4-3: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Demand, by Type — Aerospace Industry, 2014-2026
Figure 4-4: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Revenue, Aerospace Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-5: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Demand by Type, Automotive Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-6: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Revenue, Automotive Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-7: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Demand by Type, Medical Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-8: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Revenue, Medical Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-9: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Demand,  Dental Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-10: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Revenue, Dental Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-11: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Demand, Non-Specialty Service Bureaus — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-12: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Revenue, Non-Specialty Service Bureaus — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-13: Total Annual Titanium Metal Powder Demand, Jewelry Industry — 2014-2026
Exhibit 4-14: Total Annual Titanium Powder Demand, Other Industries
—2014-2026
Exhibit 4-15: Total Annual Titanium Powder Revenue, Other Industries —2014-2026


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