Nowadays, various new technologies are gradually breaking the barriers of traditional industries and reshaping the original development model of traditional industries. As one of the high-tech technologies, 3D printing has become increasingly close to the medical, education, and construction industries.
As the material basis of 3D printing, the importance of 3D printing materials is self-evident. In recent years, with the continuous expansion of 3D printing application space, the 3D printing material market has also shown a fiery development situation, and the market scale has expanded rapidly.
In recent years, with the continuous maturity of technology, the types of products that can be produced with the help of 3D printing have become increasingly diverse. Products such as 3D printed toys and 3D printed tables and chairs have also been favored by more and more consumers. To make a product, in addition to 3D printers and other equipment, the corresponding materials are also indispensable. Sometimes, the quality of materials even plays a decisive role in the manufacture of products.
\At present, the 3D printing materials appearing on the market mainly include ABS plastic materials, PLA materials, rubber materials, metal powder materials, ceramic materials, and the newly introduced composite gypsum powder, epoxy resin, and wax materials in recent years. Among them, plastic and metal materials have better performance in terms of strength, bending, etc., and can better meet the component requirements of high-precision, complex-structured parts. Therefore, their development prospects are particularly affirmed by the industry.
From the practical application point of view, due to high component quality and customization requirements in industrial machinery, automobile manufacturing, aerospace and other fields, the downstream applications of 3D printing materials in China are mainly concentrated in industrial machinery, automobile manufacturing, aerospace and other fields . According to statistics, in the first half of 2018 alone, the total proportion of 3D printing materials in the industrial machinery, aerospace and automotive fields has exceeded 50%, and this value may increase further in the future.
Since 2017, my country has successively introduced more than a dozen 3D printing policies to create a good environment for the development of 3D printing related industries. Among multiple policies, there are a large number of policies involving the development of the 3D printing material industry, which shows the position of 3D printing materials in the entire 3D printing industry chain.
Due to the dual stimulus of demand + policy, the scale of my country’s 3D printing materials market has maintained a rapid growth trend. According to statistics from market research institutions, during the period 2012-2017, my country’s 3D printing material market has always maintained a growth rate of more than 35%, from 260 million yuan in 2012 to 2.992 billion yuan in 2017.
Researchers predict that by 2020, my country’s 3D printing material market will reach 5.7 billion yuan, and this value is expected to exceed 16 billion yuan in 2024. The entire 3D printing material market has a promising future. In addition to the large application space for 3D printing materials in the fields of industrial machinery, aerospace and automobiles, their application potential in housing construction, cultural creativity, toy manufacturing and other fields is also worthy of further exploration.
In fact, with the rapid development of the 3D printing industry, 3D printing application fields have continued to expand, and different application fields have also put forward new requirements for 3D printing technology and 3D printing materials. The single-type and high-cost 3D printing materials obviously cannot fully meet the actual needs of the development of various industries. Accelerating the development of new materials with stable performance, high quality and environmentally friendly materials has also become the current material research and development personnel when conducting material research and development. An important content.
At present, from an overall point of view, the development of 3D printing materials in my country is still relatively backward, and many 3D printing materials still rely on foreign imports. This situation has caused many people in the industry to worry. At the same time, problems such as the lack of development standards for 3D printing materials specifically used in medical, construction, and education industries, and the imperfect industry regulations, all need to be resolved urgently.
Looking into the future, I believe that with the unremitting efforts of researchers from all over the world, more 3D printing materials with a sense of science and technology and practicality will be developed and applied in industrial manufacturing, cultural creativity and other fields. At the same time, under the combined effect of various favorable factors such as increasing policy support and improving industry regulations, my country’s entire 3D printing industry will enter a period of rapid development and achieve new development results.
It is worth noting that when the wave of intelligence is swept, the construction, medical and other industries will accelerate the transformation and upgrading towards intelligence and modernization. Emerging technologies such as 3D printing, Internet of Things, and cloud computing will also be expected to be in multiple segments. The scene falls. For 3D printing, material development and technology research and development will promote the further release of commercial value.
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