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Additive manufacturing with metal powders market to surpass US$1.1B by 2024


February 27, 2018
By Global Market Insights

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Feb. 26, 2018 – Additive manufacturing with metal powders market size is expected to cross US$1.1 billion by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc. 

Increasing adoption of prototypes has led to faster development and validation of design along with reduction in production time and cost in various industrial sectors, stimulating market demand for additive manufacturing with metal powders. As well, increasing E&P activities in the oil and gas sector has forced manufacturers for various technological advancements in 3D printing for efficient oil recovery, thereby propagating metal additive manufacturing market growth.

Positive application scope in the aerospace industry for making engine, turbine parts and interiors should trigger additive manufacturing with metal powders market growth. More than 20 per cent of aerospace engineering companies are using this technology to make tooling components. The industry is constantly putting effort into minimize aircraft weight by using lightweight metals such as stainless steel, titanium, aluminum and copper. Growing trust for these technologies in aerospace firms should minimize costs for developing models and prototypes, leading to growth in the additive manufacturing with metal powders market.

Additive manufacturing with metal powders market size from oil and gas application is likely to be valued at more than US$45 million over the projected timespan. Prototyping and modelling for exploration and operational equipment, chemical injection stick tools, gears, impellers, pipeline rigs, nozzles for downhole cleanout tools, control valve components, large scale downhole tools and sealing accessories including O rings are produced through 3D printing which are used in the industry. Increased usage of these technologies for producing complex components for oil and gas industries, while cutting costs, reducing emissions and boosting performance, is also expected to trigger additive manufacturing with metal powders demand.

U.S. additive manufacturing with metal powders market size may exceed US$400 million during the forecast timeframe. Growing health concerns, aging population and long track of chronic disease coupled with strong regulatory regimes regarding medical device industry, should propel regional demand. Improvement in long-term patient outcomes for surgeries and treatment along with growing oral rehabilitation demand should surge technology growth in the region.

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Stainless steel, aluminum, cobalt, nickel and titanium powders are the prominent raw materials used in the additive manufacturing with metal powders method. Infringement law issues regarding the product and the technology along with volatility in regional raw material prices may impact demand supply gap and hinder industry profitability.

Aluminum alloys from additive manufacturing with metal powders market demand should witness gains over 27 per cent up to 2024. Components manufactured from aluminum powder are suitable for automotive, motor racing and general engineering applications, as it is light and rigid. Superior properties, such as corrosion resistance, durability and welding properties, make aluminum metal powders suitable for automotive industries, thus enhancing product demand.

PBF technology from additive manufacturing with metal powders demand would surpass US$950 million up to 2024. This technique along with titanium powder is widely used to make orthopedic devices owing to cost-effectiveness and less lead time. DMLS technique from this particular technology is used in making prototypes and end products.

U.K. additive manufacturing with metal powders market demand should witness growth at over 25 per cent during the forecast timeline. Laser Engineering Net Shape (LENS) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technique is widely used in making of complex geometrical structures for automotive and aerospace sectors. Increased production and sales of motor vehicles along with demand of lightweight vehicles in the region should favour industry growth.

GE, 3D Systems, EOS, Pratt & Whitney, Optomec, Renishaw, Arcam, ExOne and Trumpf are the some of the industry participants in additive manufacturing with metal powders market. Manufacturers are engaging in partnerships and collaborations to strengthen their global presence along with increased investments in additive manufacturing equipment and research to further develop the technology may drive metal 3D printing market demand.