3D printing, well known as additive manufacturing, is a novel method of manufacturing any structural parts directly from a digital model by using the laser material buildup approach. It is also called tool-less manufacturing. 3D printing can produce highly dense metallic parts in short time with high precision and accuracy. The key features of 3D printing metals such as freedom of part complex design, part consolidation, and light weight of parts are particular interests for aerospace, oil & gas, marine, and automobile applications.
Powder bed fusion, wherein each powder bed layer is selectively fused by using energy sources such as laser, is the most promising additive manufacturing technology that can be used for producing small, low-volume, and complex metallic parts. The technology combines the design flexibility of 3D printing with mechanical properties of metals.
Based on metal form, the global 3D printing metals market has been segmented into powder and filament. Based on material, the global 3D printing metals market has been segmented into titanium, stainless steel, Inconel, aluminum, cobalt, copper & bronze, iron, precious metals, and others. In terms of manufacturing process, the global 3D printing metals market has been divided into direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), laser metal deposition (LMD), binder jetting, and others. In terms of application, the global 3D printing metals market has been classified into medical & dental implants, jewelry, aerospace, automotive, engineering & industrial, and others.