3D Printing Metal Market Size, Share & Trends Report

3D Printing Metal Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Titanium, Nickel), By Form (Filament, Powder), By Application (Aerospace & Defense, Medical & Dental), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-848-0
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Research Methodology

A three-pronged approach was followed for deducing the 3D printing metal market estimates and forecasts. The process has three steps: information procurement, analysis, and validation. The whole process is cyclical, and steps repeat until the estimates are validated. The three steps are explained in detail below:

Information procurement: Information procurement is one of the most extensive and important stages in our research process, and quality data is critical for accurate analysis. We followed a multi-channel data collection process for 3D printing metal market to gather the most reliable and current information possible.

  • We buy access to paid databases such as Hoover’s and Factiva for company financials, industry information, white papers, industry journals, SME journals, and more.
  • We tap into Grand View’s proprietary database of data points and insights from active and archived monitoring and reporting.
  • We conduct primary research with industry experts through questionnaires and one-on-one phone interviews.
  • We pull from reliable secondary sources such as white papers and government statistics, published by organizations like WHO, NGOs, World Bank, etc., Key Opinion Leaders (KoL) publications, company filings, investor documents, and more.
  • We purchase and review investor analyst reports, broker reports, academic commentary, government quotes, and wealth management publications for insightful third-party perspectives.

Analysis: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilized different methods of 3D printing metal market data depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Research Efforts: Bottom-up Approach for estimating and forecasting demand size and opportunity, top-down Approach for new product forecasting and penetration, and combined approach of both Bottom-up and Top-down for full coverage analysis.

  • Value-Chain-Based Sizing & Forecasting: Supply-side estimates for understanding potential revenue through competitive benchmarking, forecasting, and penetration modeling.

  • Demand-side estimates for identifying parent and ancillary markets, segment modeling, and heuristic forecasting.

  • Qualitative Functional Deployment (QFD) Modelling for market share assessment.

Market formulation and validation: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilize different methods of data analysis depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Formulation: This step involves the finalization of market numbers. This step on an internal level is designed to manage outputs from the Data Analysis step.

  • Data Normalization: The final market estimates and forecasts are then aligned and sent to industry experts, in-panel quality control managers for validation.

  • This step also entails the finalization of the report scope and data representation pattern.

  • Validation: The process entails multiple levels of validation. All these steps run in parallel, and the study is forwarded for publishing only if all three levels render validated results.

3D Printing Metal Market Categorization:

The 3D printing metal market was categorized into four segments, namely form (Powder, Filament), product (Titanium, Nickel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum), application (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Medical & Dental), region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Segment Market Methodology:

The 3D printing metal market was segmented into form, product, application, and regions. The demand at a segment level was deduced using a funnel method. Concepts like the TAM, SAM, SOM, etc., were put into practice to understand the demand. We at GVR deploy three methods to deduce market estimates and determine forecasts. These methods are explained below:

Market research approaches: Bottom-up

  • Demand estimation of each product across countries/regions summed up to from the total market.

  • Variable analysis for demand forecast.

  • Demand estimation via analyzing paid database, and company financials either via annual reports or paid database.

  • Primary interviews for data revalidation and insight collection.

Market research approaches: Top-down

  • Used extensively for new product forecasting or analyzing penetration levels.

  • Tool used invoice product flow and penetration models Use of regression multi-variant analysis for forecasting Involves extensive use of paid and public databases.

  • Primary interviews and vendor-based primary research for variable impact analysis.

Market research approaches: Combined

  • This is the most common method. We apply concepts from both the top-down and bottom-up approaches to arrive at a viable conclusion.

Regional Market Methodology:

The 3D printing metal market was analyzed at a regional level. The globe was divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa, keeping in focus variables like consumption patterns, export-import regulations, consumer expectations, etc. These regions were further divided into fourteen countries, namely, the U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; the UK; France; Spain; Italy; China; India; Japan; Singapore; South Korea; Brazil.

All three above-mentioned market research methodologies were applied to arrive at regional-level conclusions. The regions were then summed up to form the global market.

3D printing metal market companies & financials:

The 3D printing metal market was analyzed via companies operating in the sector. Analyzing these companies and cross-referencing them to the demand equation helped us validate our assumptions and conclusions. Key market players analyzed include:

  • Arcam AB offers additive manufacturing solutions for the production of metal components. It primarily operates through two business segments - aerospace and orthopedic implants. Its product portfolio comprises auxiliary equipment, metal powders, software, and EBM machines. In addition, the company offers services and training to support its customers. Arcam Q10, an EBM machine offered by the company, is used for the industrial production of orthopedic implants and offers features such as improved resolution, higher productivity, and a camera-based monitoring system. Arcam A2X manufactured by the company is used to process various alloys, including Inconel and titanium aluminide, that require elevated process temperatures. The company offers numerous metal powders, including titanium, cobalt chrome, and Inconel, for 3D printing. Its support offices are located in Italy, the UK, the U.S., and China.

  • ExOne GmbH is a precision non-traditional machining process developer headquartered in Pennsylvania, U.S. The company’s four subsidiaries are located in Germany, Italy, the U.S., and Japan. The publicly traded manufacturing company operates its business through two major segments - 3D printing machines and 3D printed products. The company serves various sectors including automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, foundry, decorative, energy, education, oil & gas, hydraulics and pumps, medical & dental, defense & firearms, and R&D. Its products are used in various end-user applications including pumps, filtration, and castings. The company uses a binder jetting technology, chemical binding agents, and powdered materials along with an integrated software system to print 3D products directly through computer models. The company’s 3D printing machines are capable of manufacturing casting cores and molds from ceramics and silica sands. Furthermore, they are able to direct product materialization using various printing metals such as bronze, stainless steel, bonded tungsten, iron, glass, and IN Alloy 625.

  • Materialise NV offers sophisticated 3D printing services and additive manufacturing (AM) software solutions. It serves various industries including automotive, healthcare, arts and fashion, consumer products, healthcare, machinery & equipment, and aerospace & aeronautics. The company’s products and services are offered through three segments, namely software, medical, and manufacturing. Under its software segment, it offers software to support 3D printers and 3D printing operations. The company’s software interfaces between various technologies, industrial 3D printers, 3D scanners, and CAD/CAM packages. Under the medical segment, it offers distribution and development of surgical planning products, services, and software across major regions. The company has collaboration agreements with various companies, including Zimmer Holdings, Inc., Biomet, Inc., and Encore Medical.

  • Renishaw PLC, headquartered in Wotton-under-Edge, UK, caters to applications including jet engine, wind turbines, dentistry, and brain surgery. Aerospace, electronics, medical & healthcare, automotive, heavy industry, energy, precision manufacturing, and scientific, research & analysis are the key industries served by the company. It is the only UK-based company involved in the designing as well as manufacturing of machines for 3D printing parts from metal powder. It operates in two major segments - metrology and healthcare. Its manufacturing facilities are located in the UK, Ireland, India, Germany, the U.S., and France, while its sales operations are spread in 80 locations across 36 countries. Its additive manufacturing business unit deals with metal AM systems, system software, metal powders supply, ancillaries, training, AM solution centers, and customer support and service.

  • Hoganas AB, a manufacturer of metal powders, carries out the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of metal powders under various metallurgical industry segments, including brazing, hot polymer filtration, water treatment, inductor systems, additive manufacturing, GLIDCOP, iron fortification, friction, sintered components, welding, surface coatings, and soft magnetic composites. Aerospace & turbines, automotive & transportation, construction & mining, environmental, and processing are some of the key industries served by this company. Powder technologies supported by the company include additive manufacturing, cutting, brazing, chemical & metallurgical, friction, hot isostatic pressing (HIP), iron fortification, hot polymer filtration, metal injection molding, pressing & sintering, surface coating, soft magnetic composites, water & soil treatment, and welding.

  • Voxeljet AG is headquartered in Bayern, Germany, and is an industrial engineering company serving different segments including foundries, film & museum, automotive, architecture, reverse engineering, art & design, pumps & heavy industry, reverse engineering, and aerospace. The company offers 3D printing services that majorly cater to various applications including sand casting molds, investment casting, design molds, functional models, and ceramic models. In addition, it serves commercial consumers through customized products and specializes in areas of 3D printing solutions, molds purposing casting, and plastic materials. The company marks its presence across various countries including the U.S., the UK, China, Germany, and India. The company has over 400 patents and patent applications as of December 2018. On average, it produces over 100,000 industrial parts per year.

  • Carpenter Technology Corporation was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, U.S. The company offers various products including specialty tools, titanium powder for 3D printing technologies, specialty tools along with superalloys, corrosion-resistant alloys, and stainless-steel alloys. It also offers premium specialty alloys such as cobalt, nickel, and titanium. The company manufactures, markets, and sells its products to various industrial segments including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, oil & gas, energy, medicine, transportation, and defense.

  • GKN PLC is an industrial engineering company operating through three divisions, including GKN powder metallurgy, GKN aerospace, and GKN wheels & structures. The core products of the company include chassis, driveshaft, prop shafts, and torque management for trucks and lightweight vehicles, as well as tractor components and attachments, engine bodies, and frames for airplanes and components for off-roading vehicles. The company operates in various regions including North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Australia. It holds and marks its presence through joint ventures in over 30 countries.

  • Sandvik AB is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The company serves various industries with product lines including metal tools, tool systems, mining equipment, construction equipment, stainless steel, special alloys, titanium, furnace products, heating systems, hard materials, super hard materials, and industrial processing systems. The company manufactures metal powders for additive manufacturing, brazing, cold spray, filters, foams, metal injunction molding, micro-MIM, plasma, thermal spray, co-deposition, diamond catalysts, electromagnetic shielding, hot isostatic pressing, laser cladding, and solid oxide fuel cells applications. It has about 1,000 metal powder mixtures catering to various industries.

  • Optomec, Inc. was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. The company serves various industries with product lines including 3D printed electronics, 3D printing metals, and additive manufacturing solutions. Key industries served are aerospace, life sciences, energy, electronics, and Internet of Things (IoT). The company also has ventured into blisk repair, medical implants, and materials discovery through 3D printing metals. It serves various consumers including Xerox, NASA, the U.S. defense, University of New South Wales, and NCTU. It operates in Asia Pacific through its office located in Singapore.

Value chain-based sizing & forecasting

Supply Side Estimates

  • Company revenue estimation via referring to annual reports, investor presentations, and Hoover’s.

  • Segment revenue determination via variable analysis and penetration modeling.

  • Competitive benchmarking to identify market leaders and their collective revenue shares.

  • Forecasting via analyzing commercialization rates, pipelines, market initiatives, distribution networks, etc.

Demand side estimates

  • Identifying parent markets and ancillary markets

  • Segment penetration analysis to obtain pertinent

  • revenue/volume

  • Heuristic forecasting with the help of subject matter experts

  • Forecasting via variable analysis

3D Printing Metal Market Report Objectives:

  • Understanding market dynamics (in terms of drivers, restraints, & opportunities) in the countries.

  • Understanding trends & variables in the individual countries & their impact on growth and using analytical tools to provide high-level insights into the market dynamics and the associated growth pattern.

  • Understanding market estimates and forecasts (with the base year as 2022, historic information from 2018 to 2021, and forecast from 2023 to 2030). Regional estimates & forecasts for each category are available and are summed up to form the global market estimates.

3D Printing Metal Market Report Assumptions:

  • The report provides market value for the base year 2022 and a yearly forecast till 2030 in terms of revenue/volume or both. The market for each of the segment outlooks has been provided on region & country basis for the above-mentioned forecast period.

  • The key industry dynamics, major technological trends, and application markets are evaluated to understand their impact on the demand for the forecast period. The growth rates were estimated using correlation, regression, and time-series analysis.

  • We have used the bottom-up approach for market sizing, analyzing key regional markets, dynamics, & trends for various products and end-users. The total market has been estimated by integrating the country markets.

  • All market estimates and forecasts have been validated through primary interviews with the key industry participants.

  • Inflation has not been accounted for to estimate and forecast the market.

  • Numbers may not add up due to rounding off.

  • Europe consists of EU-8, Central & Eastern Europe, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • Asia Pacific includes South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand).

  • Latin America includes Central American countries and the South American continent

  • Middle East includes Western Asia (as assigned by the UN Statistics Division) and the African continent.

Primary Research

GVR strives to procure the latest and unique information for reports directly from industry experts, which gives it a competitive edge. Quality is of utmost importance to us, therefore every year we focus on increasing our experts’ panel. Primary interviews are one of the critical steps in identifying recent market trends and scenarios. This process enables us to justify and validate our market estimates and forecasts to our clients. With more than 8,000 reports in our database, we have connected with some key opinion leaders across various domains, including healthcare, technology, consumer goods, and the chemical sector. Our process starts with identifying the right platform for a particular type of report, i.e., emails, LinkedIn, seminars, or telephonic conversation, as every report is unique and requires a differentiated approach.

We send out questionnaires to different experts from various regions/ countries, which is dependent on the following factors:

  • Report/Market scope: If the market study is global, we send questionnaires to industry experts across various regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA.

  • Market Penetration: If the market is driven by technological advancements, population density, disease prevalence, or other factors, we identify experts and send out questionnaires based on region or country dominance.

The time to start receiving responses from industry experts varies based on how niche or well-penetrated the market is. Our reports include a detailed chapter on the KoL opinion section, which helps our clients understand the perspective of experts already in the market space.

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