GVR Report cover 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, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Oct, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-848-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 140

Report Overview

The global 3D printing metal market size was valued at USD 380.3 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.7% from 2021 to 2028. Rising investments in 3D printing companies are projected to support market growth over the coming years. For instance, Mantle Inc. has raised USD 25 million in funding for the installation of commercial 3D printing systems in 2022. Mantle, Inc. is a 3D component manufacturer and has already produced over 1 million parts for applications, such as medical devices, deodorant packaging, and dishwasher components. As per the company, its TrueShape 3D printing technology has improved leas times and achieved cost reductions by around 65% during production.

U.S. 3D printing metal market size, by form, 2018 - 2028 (USD Million)

3D printing technology also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM) is used to produce patient-suitable dental products, such as partial dentures, crowns, and bridges in the dental industry. Most of the time, the traditional method of manufacturing is not suitable for low-volume manufacturing as the equipment varies in size, which is now addressed by AM technology, and this is expected to drive the market growth in the U.S.

Manufacturers generally adopt AM to produce scalpel handles, clamps, forceps, hemostats, and prosthetic limbs. Several companies are adopting AM processes for healthcare applications. For instance, 3D Systems Healthcare is expected to collaborate with the medical industry to drive the growth of additive manufacturing in the medical & dental industry.

The shift from rapid prototyping to production using 3D printing is projected to offer new opportunities for market players. As per the recent survey of 3D hubs, over 50% of companies revealed the use of 3D printing for the manufacturing of functional end-use parts. Industries, such as automotive, transportation, and biotechnology, have witnessed increasing usage of 3D printing in the recent past.

Form Insights

The powder form segment accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 94% in 2020 of the global market. Metal powder particles have a number of prominent parameters that not only impact the additive build process but also affect the properties of the finished component. This includes the physical as well as chemical properties of the raw material, which have to be properly known and characterized. This is likely to push the demand for metal powder over the coming years. The spherical metal particles that are used in the 3D printing process must be small, typically in the range of up to 15 to 75 microns, to get a fine print of the finished product.

However, the distribution of the particle must not be skewed but should be evenly spread to obtain an optimal build. Filaments are typically a mix of metal and polymer, wherein the metal is coated with a layer of polymer including PLA and ABS. The producers are working on R&D to develop cost-effective technologies for printing with filament in comparison with the selective laser melting process. This is anticipated to push the demand for filaments over the forecast period.

Product Insights

The titanium product segment accounted for the highest revenue share of over 41% in 2020 and is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. Increasing demand for titanium-based products in various industries due to their properties, such as non-corrosive and high resistance against harsh environments, is expected to fuel the segment growth. The compatibility of traditional polymer 3D printers to print semi-metal equipment when combined with polymers and in the form of filament is further expected to drive market growth.

Global 3D printing metal market share, by product, 2020 (%)

The ability of the aerospace & defense industry to bear high initial costs and adapt to new technologies is anticipated to propel the development of titanium powder for 3D printing applications. An innovative aerospace approach aided by the necessity of complex geometric structures is expected to drive the 3D printing technology, thereby boosting the demand for titanium powder.

Stainless steel is projected to have significant demand over the coming years owing to its high potential in various industries as it has low carbon and high chromium content. Parts printed using stainless steel are lightweight, strong, and durable. Moreover, stainless steel helps in printing large objects with a high-quality surface finish.

Regional Insights

Based on region, Europe is projected to register the fastest CAGR of more than 27% from 2021 to 2028. The U.K., Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy lead the regional market in terms of the adoption of 3D printing for end parts, particularly in the healthcare and aerospace sectors. Some of the countries have developed a national strategy for additive manufacturing as a part of their Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing strategies.

Major companies that currently use 3D printing in the U.K. are Attenborough Dental and Renishaw for crowns and bridges; Bowman International for bearing cages; and GKN for automotive and aerospace components. However, a vast majority of the U.K. industry has yet to fully adopt the metal additive manufacturing technology, thereby denoting significant potential for market growth.

The growing adoption of 3D printing by aerospace companies in Asia Pacific is projected to drive the regional market. In the aerospace sector, the major aircraft manufacturer in India, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), is using the metal AM technology to manufacture various components for its indigenous engine program. For instance, HAL is adopting the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technique to produce components for its Hindustan Turbofan Engine-25 (HTFE-25).

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market is currently in the growth stage and holds huge potential owing to its rising penetration and adoption across different industries. The market is also witnessing rising investments from small companies. With the rising competition, merger & acquisition activities in the market are likely to increase over the forecast period. For instance, in 2019, Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. acquired 3D Materials Technology, Inc. (3DMT), an additive manufacturing solution provider. The acquisition of 3DMT is projected to benefit the company in expanding its products & services offerings in the aerospace & defense industry. Some of the prominent players in the global 3D printing metal market include:

  • Arcam AB

  • ExOne GmbH

  • Carpenter Technology Corp.

  • Renishaw PLC

  • Materialise NV

  • 3D Systems Corp.

  • Voxeljet AG

  • Sandvik AB

  • Hoganas AB


3D Printing Metal Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 503.5 Million

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 2,364.5 Million

Growth rate

CAGR of 25.7% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, volume in tons, and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, volume forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Form, product, application, and region

Region scope

North America; Europe; APAC; CSA; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Spain; Italy; China; India; Japan; Singapore; South Korea; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Arcam AB; ExOne GmbH; Carpenter Technology Corp.; Renishaw PLC; Materialise NV; 3D Systems Corp.; Voxeljet AG; Sandvik AB; Hoganas AB; GKN PLC

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global 3D printing metal market report on the basis of form, product, application, and region:

  • Form Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Powder

    • Filament

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Titanium

    • Nickel

    • Stainless Steel

    • Aluminum

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Aerospace & Defense

    • Automotive

    • Medical & Dental

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • U.K.

      • Spain

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Singapore

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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