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3D printing application accelerates the expansion of metal powder material advantages

3d printing application accelerates the expansion of metal powder material advantages

september 7, 2016

[China paint information]

2016 China Kunshan 3D printing technology and equipment exhibition will be held in Kunshan Huaqiao International Expo Center on September 7. The products of this exhibition include the selection of materials in the fields of 3D joint law enforcement and inspection, including printer equipment, 3D printing material accessories and technology. Another special material is the appearance, quality and safety of high filled polycarbonate materials from Makrolon TC product series to household appliances. At the same time, a series of activities such as heavyweight summit, new technology conference, procurement and supply docking will be held to further promote the rapid development of China's 3D printing industry

data show that last year, the market scale of the global 3D printing industry reached US $5.165 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 30%. The agency predicts that the scale of the global 3D printing market will show a rapid growth trend, and the market scale will exceed US $11billion by 2018. Last year, China's 3D printing market reached 7.8 billion yuan, with a compound annual growth rate of nearly 70%. It is estimated that by 2018, the scale of China's 3D printing market will exceed 20billion yuan

from the perspective of industrial chain, 3D printing mainly includes three categories: printing equipment, printing materials and services, with market shares of 39%, 37% and 24% respectively. Compared with foreign countries, the market scale of China's 3D printing industry is small, and the development of the industrial chain lags behind. Most enterprises' production capacity is mainly concentrated in the production of 3D printer equipment, while the printing raw materials, image processing and downstream market applications are weak. At present, China's high-end 3D printing raw materials still rely on imports, and there is a large space for import substitution in the future

3d printers can be divided into consumer grade and industrial grade. Among them, consumer 3D printers mainly face consumer, entertainment and products that do not require high product accuracy; Industrial 3D printers mainly face downstream markets such as aerospace, medical devices, automobiles, mold development, etc. with high quality and accuracy requirements. The data shows that in recent years, among the downstream applications of 3D printing in the world, the application scale of the automotive industry accounts for a relatively large proportion, reaching about 30%; The second is the consumer goods industry, accounting for 20%

the automotive industry is one of the first industries to use 3D printing technology. 3D printing has developed from the printing of conceptual models to the production of functional models. At present, 3D printing is gradually applied to the manufacturing of functional components and even the manufacturing of complete vehicles. 3D printing technology can completely get rid of the tedious process of making molds and greatly shorten the R & D cycle of auto parts. With the rapid increase of China's automobile production and sales and the continuous innovation of technology, 3D printing has a broad application prospect in the automobile industry. Last year, the global scale of 3D printing in the automotive industry reached 480million US dollars. The agency predicts that the market scale is expected to reach 1.5 billion US dollars by 2020

at present, 3D printing materials are mainly photosensitive resin, ABS plastic and other raw materials. Metal powders such as aluminum powder and titanium powder, and ceramic powders such as alumina and carbon fiber can also be used for printing. Among them, the purity, granularity, uniformity, spheroidization and oxygen content of metal materials have a great impact on the performance of printing products. At present, metal powder materials mainly include titanium alloy, cobalt chromium alloy, stainless steel and aluminum alloy. Due to the high technical barriers and production difficulties of metal powder materials, the market output is insufficient. Technology enterprises committed to the research, production and sales of aluminum alloy materials, metal composite materials and aluminum alloy non composite materials are expected to take the lead in benefiting

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