3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing, and is used for creation of three-dimensional object by deposition of layers of printing material. 3D printers are used to create these images and the materials used during the process of 3D printing are known as 3D printing materials. Several industries including footwear, automotive, and architecture among others makes use of 3D printing.
A variety of processes, equipment, and materials are used in the production of a three-dimensional object via additive manufacturing. 3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing, therefore the numerous available 3D printing process tend to be additive in nature with a few key differences in the technologies and the materials used in this process.
A plastic is a material made of synthetic or semi-synthetic compounds that has the property of being malleable (capable of changing its shape). Most plastics on the market are completely synthetic (most commonly derived from petrochemicals). However, given the growing environmental concern, plastics derived from renewable materials such as Polylactic Acid (PLA) are also popular on the market. Due to their low cost, ease of manufacture, versatility and water resistance, plastics are used in a multitude of products and sectors. In the AM sector, 3D printing plastics are also very popular.
Some of the important players in 3D Printing Material Market Arcam AB, 3D Systems, Stratasys, Ltd., ExOne GmbH, Royal DSM N.V., Arkema S.A., CRP Group, Envisiontec GmbH, LPW Technology Ltd. and EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems among