Metaland prototype parts
Recently, IT marketing researching company CONTEXT issued a research report which said, comparing with the same time of last year, the sales volume of metalin the global increased dramatically by 45% in the third quarter in 2015.
Though many 3D printing companies, manufacturers and sellers said the sales weakness because of recession, the metal 3d printer market is another picture. Comparing with the same time of last year, the volume of shipments of metal 3d printer in the global increased by 51% in the first three quarters in 2015.
Besides, the total volume of shipments of the global technical grade/professional level 3D printer is 2743 sets in the third quarters in 2015,and the metal 3D printers is just accounted for 7% among them. But according to the calculate of sales amount, the sales income of metal 3D printers in the global is accounted for 31%, which is increased again comparing the 22% in the same time of last year.
CONTEXT said, most technical printers were sold to North American this year (44%), but the sales volume of metal 3D printer is on top in Europe, and 56% metal 3D printers were sold to west Europe. CONTEXT pointed out, it largely owed to the German’s interest in developing and improving metal 3D printer.
It was discovered during the investigation of the leading manufacturers in the metal 3D printer area by CONTEXT, they had different degrees of increasing in this business, and those manufacturers included: EOS、Concept Laser、3D Systems Optomec , SLM Solutions。
“The trend, which is using 3D printing technical to produce end product and finished part, is most obviously in metal 3D printing ”the global analysis vice president Chris Connery of CONTEXT said:” with the developing of 3D printing, people is already used to not only take 3D printing as a rapid prototype technical. More and more metal 3D printer is seen to put together with the traditional equipment in workshop”
Obviously, the metal 3D printing technical is applied faster in high-end technical area. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Automobile and medical are regarded to be the biggest market. CONTEXT said, like General Electric, Boeing, Airbus, they are stepping into mass customization and producing part in fine small batch. And 3D metal printing shows its remarkable special value comparing traditional technology.