Material Considerations for 3D Printing

With 3D printing increasing in popularity in the construction industry, there are many factors to take into consideration—such as what types of materials to use for printing.

A new report from MarketsandMarkets dives into considerations, and suggests the 3D printing ceramics market will reach $131.5 million by 2021, which is a compound annual growth rate of 29.6 percent between 2016 and 2021.

While this market is driven by the demand for 3D printing in healthcare and in thermal insulation parts in the aerospace and defense industry, construction is another market that could leverage ceramics for 3D prototyping.

Globally, North America is expected to see high growth in 3D printing of ceramics due to an increased rate of adoption bu end-user industries. Mexico and Europe are two other emerging regions. The report shows Europe has a large number of suppliers of 3D printing ceramics material, with a major focus on Western Europe, including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and others. Asia-Pacific is also an emerging market.

As the different considerations for the various types of 3D printing materials continue to emerge, the construction industry will need to determine how it might impact the jobsite today and in the future.

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