3D printing is a kind of rapid prototyping technology, which is based on digital model files and uses adhesive materials such as powdery metal or plastic to construct objects by printing them layer by layer. 3D printing is usually achieved using digital technology material printers. It is often used in mold making, industrial design and other fields to make models, and then gradually used in the direct manufacture of some products. There are already parts printed by using this technology. The technology is used in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, firearms, and other fields.
At present, with the advancement of technology and research and development, more than 1000 materials can be used for 3D printing manufacturing. As 90% of 3D printer users use desktop products, the consumption of plastic materials like ABS and PLA accounts for more than 50%. At present, polymer material manufacturers also mainly focus on ABS, PLA and nylon materials.
At present, the global 3D printing material industry is in the early stage of growth. With the development and promotion of 3D technology around the world, the demand for 3D printing materials industry is constantly increasing. The particularity of 3D printing technology is highly dependent on the material industry, which makes the market participants of 3D printing materials industry gradually increase and the industry profits increase. And 3D printing companies and university research LABS are actively developing new materials with a wide range of uses and easier molding. In the future, the technical barriers of 3D printing materials will further increase, and the market price of materials is also expected to decline.
The increase of 3D printing materials is an inevitable trend of the technological development of 3D printing industry. These days, there are new types of 3D printed materials coming out every once in a while. In the coming years, the development cycle of these materials will gradually shorten, and the frequency of release will gradually increase. At present, the major 3D printing materials enterprises in China generally exist in the comprehensive form of equipment manufacturing and printing services. This is caused by the limitation of technology promotion and market scale in the early stage of industrial development. In the long run, the various links of the industrial chain will produce specialized separation: specialized material suppliers and printing enterprises will emerge, and product design services will be independent or transferred to downstream consumer enterprises.