Most Used 3D Printing Materials

Most Used 3D Printing Materials

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Sculpteo survey found plastics most used 3D printing material in 2017, followed by resins and metals

Most Used 3D Printing Materials

2017 (percentage of global respondents)

Note: Data based on Sculpteo’s 2017 State of Printing report that surveyed nearly 1,000 respondents from additive manufacturing industry in 62 countries

Proof Point Findings

  • 3D Printing – Process of creating physical objects from computer-generated three-dimensional models
  • Plastic – Most respondents (88%) in Sculpteo survey use plastics as primary materials for 3D printing, followed by resins (35%), which are convertible to polymer
  • Metal – Only three in ten respondents make use of metals for 3D printing applications
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing awareness of 3D printing benefits (e.g. customization, convenience, and efficiency improvements), rapidly-advancing 3D printing technologies, discovery of new filaments, decreasing device and material costs, and improving 3D printing expertise



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Date Last Updated

November 11, 2017

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