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3D Printing Materials Market Size To Hit USD 12.7 Billion By 2030

The global 3D printing materials market size was evaluated at USD 3.09 billion in 2022 and it is expected to hit around USD 12.7 billion by 2030 with a noteworthy CAGR of 19.32% from 2022 to 2030.

The global producing sector's increased expenditure on research and development is what is driving the market for 3D printing materials. The market is expected to increase as a result of the rising demand for 3D printing and improved materials in a variety of industries, including the automotive, aerospace, and military sectors. Additionally, 3D printing lowers the possibility of mistakes and is highly desirable for manufacturing, which is anticipated to fuel market expansion. 

However, factors like the high cost of 3D printing materials and the fact that the final product is less durable than those made using conventional molding and casting techniques are major barriers to market expansion. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the demand for 3D printing materials across a range of end-use industries, including the construction, automotive, and defense sectors.

The COVID-19 virus adversely harms these businesses. Due to delays or non-arrival of raw materials, irregular cash flows, and an increase in staff absences on the assembly line, craft, and vehicle manufacturers are forced to operate at zero or partial capacity, which lowers the demand for 3D printing materials. 

One of the markets for 3D printing materials with the highest growth is education. Despite the fact that the use of 3D printing in education is still in its early stages, several institutions are moving forward with the technology.

3D Printing Materials Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2022 USD 3.09 Billion
Market Size by 2030 USD 12.7 Billion
Growth Rate from 2022 to 2030 CAGR of 19.32%
Largest Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022 To 2030
Segments Covered By Technology, By Foam, By Type, By Application and By End User
Regions Covered  North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Report Highlights

  • The market for 3D printing materials is dominated by Asia-Pacific as a result of the region's expanding automotive sector. Growing urbanization, rising per capita income, and a burgeoning population in APAC are all driving the automotive sectors.
  •  One advantage of using 3D printing in the design process is the capacity to create very accurate, slick, and scale models for aircraft designs.
  •  The use of 3D printing materials in industrial fields is expanding fast worldwide, and aircraft manufacturers are heavily integrating 3D printing materials in the aerospace sector, which is driving market growth. 
  • Numerous end-use sectors, including the automobile, healthcare, aerospace, and military industries, have already adopted 3D printing for the production of big components.
  • Toys, wing mirrors, mobile cases, automobile parts, and a range of other items are all made using 3D printing. End-use industries are switching to 3D printing for mass production because it reduces production costs, slashes lead times, and creates intricate structural objects.
  • Although 3D printing is a more practical method of producing goods, it is expensive due to high material prices, which is a significant market limitation. The higher purity and composition requirements necessary for 3D printing are the cause of the increased costs.

Regional Snapshots

The market for 3D printing materials is dominated by North America, and this trend is anticipated to last during the projected period. The aerospace & military and automotive sectors' increasing need for metal resources is a major factor in the increased use of 3D printing materials. Additionally, the market is expanding due to the use of 3D printing for dental and medical implants in the healthcare sector. 

The collapse of the automobile, electrical and electronics, aerospace & military, and other industries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the market for 3D printing materials. After 2020, however, there will be a growth in demand for metal 3D printing materials due to the recovery of all industries and the strong performance qualities of these materials. During the forecast period, these factors are anticipated to fuel the need for 3D printing materials in the area.

Market Dynamics


The need for 3D printing materials is expected to increase as a result of the aerospace and defense and automotive industries. One of the first industries to use 3D printing technology was the aviation sector. For making intricate pieces, technology is quite helpful. It offers designers the benefit of making the best parts at lower costs and with feasible production. Many aircraft parts, including wing tips, jigs, and engine components, are made using 3D printing materials, such as metals. 

As titanium has great mechanical qualities and high dimensional precision during production, it is frequently utilized as a 3D printing material in the aerospace sector. The car industry's production process is changing because to 3D printing technology. The industry has benefited from the technology by producing structures that are more cost-effectively complicated and lighter. 

Supercars, concept cars, and parts from Formula 1 frequently use 3D-printed components. For instance, the top automaker, Bugatti (France), unveiled a titanium-made 3D-printed brake caliper in the first quarter of 2018.


The market for 3D printing materials is severely constrained by the high cost of materials. Although 3D printing is a simpler method of producing goods, it is expensive owing to high material prices, which is a significant market limitation. Higher purity and composition criteria necessary for 3D printing are the cause of these high costs. The typical cost of metal for 3D printing is around USD 500.0 per kg, which makes it highly expensive to use in ordinary applications since the cost of the finished product is too high in comparison to the goods on the market.


An interesting potential for 3D printing materials is the expanding demand from the educational sector. Market

In the market for 3D printing materials, education is one of the sectors that is expanding the quickest. Despite the fact that the use of 3D printing in education is still in its early stages, several institutions are beginning to set up 3D printing laboratories. The typical classroom is being revolutionized by 3D printing technology. For instance, biology students may analyze organ cross-sections, engineering students could really print prototypes of their inventions, and graphic design students can print 3D representations of their ideas. 

The creation of interactive maps for use in geography lessons for kids is a great use of 3D printing. Additionally, several governments are making significant investments in 3D printing technologies. For instance, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) of Japan will pick a few universities and technical schools to get a subsidy for two-thirds of their costs associated with 3D printing technology for their institutions.


One of the biggest issues facing the market for 3D printing materials is reducing lead times. Reducing the lead time associated with these materials, particularly metals, is one of the major issues encountered by the makers of 3D printing materials. The process of making metal items takes a long time. Manufacturers must develop new materials and 3D printing-specific technology in order to solve this problem. 

The adoption of 3D printing in important end-use industries, such as aerospace & defense, automotive, and electrical & electronics, is being hampered by the high lead times required by the industry, which prevents the majority of manufacturers from switching from their conventional manufacturing process to additive manufacturing.

Recent Developments

  • In November 2018, Royal DSM N.V. introduced two high-performance materials for additive manufacturing: Arnitel ID2060 HT and Somos PerFORM Reflect.
  • 30 new materials for Figure 4 Printers were introduced by 3D Systems Corporation in April 2018. These materials are represented by the figures 4 RGD-GRY 10, 4 RGD-GRY 15, 4 ELAST-BLK, and 4 JCST-GRN. They are employed in casting jewelry designs as well as applications involving durable products and the automobile industry.
  • The next-generation PolyJet 3D Printers were introduced by Stratasys, Ltd. in April 2018 for usage in fast prototyping applications across several end-use sectors. With the introduction of this new product, Stratasys will hopefully be able to develop a platform for new polymer materials that can be utilized in PolyJet printers for a variety of prototype tasks.

Major Key Players:

  • 3D Systems Corporation (US), 
  • Stratasys, Ltd. (US), 
  • Materialise NV (Belgium), 
  • Arkema SA (France),
  •  Evonik Industries AG (Germany), 
  • General Electric (US), 
  • The ExOne Company (US), 
  • Hoganas AB (Sweden)
  •  Royal DSM N.V. (Netherlands)

Market Segmentation

By Technology

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
  • PolyJet
  • Multi Jet Fusion
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Binder Jetting
  • Electron-beam Melting (EBM)
  • Other Technologies

By Foam

  • Powder
  • Filament
  • Liquid

By Type

  • Polymers
    • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
    • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
    • Photopolymers
    • Nylon
    • Others
  • METALs
    • Steel
    • Titanium
    • Aluminium
    • Others
  • Ceramic
    • Silica Sand
    • Glass
    • Gypsum
    • Others
  • Others
    • Laywood
    • Paper
    • Others

By Application

  • Prototyping
  • Manufacturing
  • R&D

By End User

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & defense
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer Goods
  • Construction
  • Others (Electronics, Education, Food, etc.)

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