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3D Printing Materials Trends

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Although 3D Printing potential and capabilities are at an all-time
high, many companies are still struggling to procure the necessary materials. Jabil’s 2019 survey of 300+ 3D printing decision-makers
showcases the current state of additive manufacturing materials.

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3D Printing Materials Trends

  1. 1. Although 3D Printing potential and capabilities are at an all-time high, many companies are still struggling to procure the necessary materials. Jabil’s 2019 survey of 300+ 3D printing decision-makers showcases the current state of additive manufacturing materials. of respondents say they would want to use metals if there were certified versions of the material at a reasonable cost face challenges with 3D printing materials Companies are using the following additive materials: There is desire for better metal, ceramic and glass materials The most commonly used post-processing methods are: 63 PERCENT 91 PERCENT Too expensive to use at scale Lack of confidence in the reliability of parts produced Needed materials are not available Materials are not certified Needed materials take too long to develop 39% METALS 23% CERAMICS 17% GLASS 74% PLASTICS/POLYMERS 44% COMPOSITES 47% 39% 30% 27% 27% 55% POLISHING 52% MACHINING 44% PAINTING 0 10 20 30 40 50 companies say they will increase the types of applications that utilize 3D printing of companies say they will use more 3D printing for jigs, fixtures and tooling companies say they will do more 3D printing of production parts say they tend to choose traditional manufacturing methods primarily because they do not have an easily accessible library of materials What advances in the industry will increase the mass adoption of 3D printing for production? 6 OUT OF 10 45 PERCENT 6 OUT OF 10 94 PERCENT SURVEY DEMOGRAPHICS 1,000-5,000 Senior Individual Contributor Electronics IndustrialMachines HeavyEquipment Medical Automotive Transportation Aerospace andDefense Other ExecutiveTeam Manager Engineering or development Operations Production or manufacturing Procurement Brand or packaging 59% 41% More than 5,000 Company Size – Number of Employees Types of Goods Manufactured Job Level Job Function 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 51% 20% 29% 39% 25% 19% 11% 6% © Jabil. 2019. All Rights Reserved. www.jabil.com/blog 41% Dramatically better materials 34% Dramatically better processes 23% Dramatically better 3D printers Once a greater variety of cost-effective, certified materials are available:

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