The annual survey of the polymer polymer and plastics additives market by SmarTech Publishing in the United States shows that the industrialization of plastic printing technology will bring $16 billion in revenue to industrial plastic printers and polymer printing materials in 2027.
This study provides an in-depth analysis of technologies such as material extrusion, powder melt molding, photocuring, material jet and binder spray processes, thermoplastic filaments, pellets, and powdered thermoplastic composites.According to SmarTech., 3D printers for extrusion equipment accounted for 41% of printer hardware sales in 2017.
Industrial extrusion printing is important in two areas: increasing the isotropic properties of the part and the strength of the z-axis, and increasing manufacturing power. Dozens of companies such as BASF, Stratasys, BigRep, and Essentium are working to redesign and improve filament extruders, develop thermoplastic composites, create multi-axis extrusion systems, and focus on high-volume manufacturing using printers. In terms of photocuring, the use of non-layer photopolymerization will continue to push technology into new areas of end-part manufacturing. The new reactive resin will be made into a stronger, more durable plastic part. At the same time, in the near future, automated pre- and post-processing steps provide the ability to continuously manufacture. SmarTech estimates that in 50 years, almost 50% of the sales of photo-curing printers will belong to the layerless printing architecture.