Innovations in 3D Printing Materials

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Published: 13 Jan 2017

Three-dimensional (3D) printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a layering process by which solid, 3D objects are created. The technology is gaining widespread interest in the aerospace, automotive, electrical, medical, and dental industries. This creates a need for developing a range of materials for use in the 3D printing process. Some of the 3D printing materials available in the market include metals, plastics, and ceramics. Biomaterials are slowly gaining prominence as 3D printing materials in the healthcare industry for synthesizing artificial organs. Demand for lightweight and high strength materials is predicted to drive the development of reinforced composite filaments for use as 3D printing materials. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: 3D printing material, filament, bioprinting, additive manufacturing


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