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Introducing the next major study on composite 3D printing

An analysis and forecast of the potential for additive mass production of FRP composite parts

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Building on several years of experience analyzing and forecasting the opportunities associated with additive manufacturing composite FRP materials, 3dpbm Research is conducting the industry’s most comprehensive market study on this topic. If you are actively engaged in providing or developing composite AM technology and materials or are considering AM for composite part production, get in touch with us at to be included in this study. Research sponsorship to present questions and better align study focus with customer needs available.

Target release in Q3 2020.  

Leveraging continuous tracking of relevant AM firms via 3dpbm’s 3D Printing Business Directory, 3dpbm Research has currently identified 40 firms that are leading innovation and market development in composite additive manufacturing. These firms include the most relevant composite AM hardware OEMs (and suppliers), composite AM-specific software providers, composite AM service providers and composite material manufacturers (including fiber reinforcements, polymer matrix materials and composite 3D printable materials) that hold a stake in the composite AM segment.

Building on past and present…

In 2016, the first in-depth analysis of AM adoption in composite manufacturing written by Davide Sher focused primarily on the new possibilities for 3D printing functional prototypes and tools using chopped fiber composites. The key AM processes at this time were identified in powder bed fusion (PBF) of FRP composite powders and early extrusion 3D printing of FRP composite filaments. A relevant case could also be made for continuous composite part production via 3D printed tooling.

The second major study by Davide Sher – issued in 2018 – covered the introduction and rapidly growing adoption of large format additive manufacturing (LFAM) technologies using composite FRP pelletized materials. Key applications included 3D printing of large-scale composite molds and direct tool-less production of large composite parts.

…To forecast the future

Now, a new paradigm shift is emerging, as a number of firms have commercially introduced a new generation of continuous fiber composite AM technologies. This could be one of the most significant evolutions of this segment, with the goal of delivering continuous fiber composites into mass production of final parts.

At 3dpbm, we have built a unique understanding of the composite AM market over the years. Through our ongoing engagement with key stakeholders, hardware OEMs and materials providers, we have covered past and present trends and forecast future ones. We have developed an ability to grasp the significance of technology developments and market opportunities as they unfold.

Our past and current research efforts provide the basis for an up-to-date analysis of the composites AM market to bring clients an accurate mapping of the current market landscape and players, quantification of current market turnover and forecast of the composite AM market’s primary opportunities in terms of materials, hardware and outputs, along with major and emerging markets.

A sneak preview of the latest composite AM technologies

Over the years we have tracked—and we continue to track—dozens of composite additive manufacturing technologies and applications. In the gallery below you can access a sneak preview to some of the most interesting applications that have emerged, marking significant evolutionary trends in this market segment. In this report we accurately map and contextualize these and several other technologies and applications, providing the most accurate forecast and opportunity analysis for each product.

Reach out to us if you’d like to participate in the study.

9T Labs, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

A carbon fiber hinge printed using the Red Series by 9T. The Swiss company is targeting mass production of continuous fiber composite parts through a modular MaaS approach.
Anisoprint, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

Anisoprint is evolving its continuous fiber 3D printing technology on a cartesian extrusion system to offer higher productivity.
Desktop Metal, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

CNC fixture 3D printed on Desktop Metal’s new Fiber printer, which takes the AFP (automated fiber placement) approach to the desktop.
CEAD, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

CEAD’s CFAM Prime system for continuous composite 3D printing of large parts.
Thermwood, chopped fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (pellets)

Thermwood’s LSAM technology is among the most prolific for 3D printing very large parts using composite FRP pellets.
3dpbm, webinar on composites additive manufacturing

In 2019 3dpbm ran webinar on the state of the art of the composite AM market, click on the image to view it.
Stratasys, chopped fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (filaments)

With the Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition Stratasys joined the growing trend for chopped FRP composite filament extrusion 3D printing.
Stratasys, 3D printed tools for continuous fiber-reinforced thermosets

3D printing has also been used for tooling in traditional composite part manufacturing via lay-up and sacrificial tooling
Arevo, chopped and continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

Arevo demonstrated it could 3D print a composite bike frame for just $300.
Markforged, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

Markforged 3D printed composite parts using different fiber reinforcements, including fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevalr
Stratasys, chopped fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

The Stratasys Composite Demonstrator introduced nylon-carbon fiber composite pellets for thermal extrusion.
moi composites, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics, photopolymers and thermosets

moi composites’ CFM (continuous fiber manufacturing) technology at work using a Kuka robot and a custom deposition system.
EOS/Dedienne Multiplasturgy, chopped fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (powders)

PEKK composites on the EOS P810 system mark one of the most significant developments for PBF of composite materials
Cincinnati Inc, chopped fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (filaments and pellets)

Composite parts 3D printed on CI’s SAAM system. Image credits: Cincinnati Incorporated
Stratasys/Siemens chopped fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

Siemens provided the software to run the Stratasys Composite Demonstrator technology and subsequently several other composite deposition systems.
moi composites, continuous fiber-reinforced thermosets, photopolymers and themroplastics

3D printed composite thermoset parts produced by moi composites using a variety of reinforcement and matrix materials.
Fortify, ceramic fiber-reinforced photopolymers

3D printed composite part by Fortify 3D, the only commercial stereolithography-based composite AM technology
Continuous Composites, continuous fiber-reinforced photopolymer resins

Continuous Composites is one of several companies that have adapted industrial robotic arms to provide continuous composite 3D printing of large parts.
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    Davide Sher

    Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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