3D Printing Metals Market - Global Size, Share, Trends, Growth and Forecast Year ( 2022 – 2032 )

Market Size and Overview:

The 3D printing metals market has experienced exponential growth, and is predicted to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.5% from 2023 to 2032, reaching a market value of USD 30.0 billion in 2032, says KD Market Insights. This growth can be attributed to the increasing mass customization process used in manufacturing. In addition, the 3D printing of metal mass production has reduced the cost as well. The market is segmented into various segments, like technology, forms, metals, components, regions, and others. The market is emerging, with many new players entering into the market.

 3D Printing Metals Market Report Scope

Base Year

Market Size


USD 1.8 billion


Forecast Year

Market Size



USD 30.0 billion

CAGR Value


32.5% from 2023 to 2032



•By form

•By components

•By technology

•By software

•By application

•By metal type

•By end-use industry

•By geography




•High cost

Growth Drivers


•Increasing mass customization

•Increasing Market of 3D Printing

•Reduce waste


Market Segmentation:

By Form:

  • Powder
  • Filament

By Components:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services

By Technology:

  • Powder Bed Fusion
  • Directed Energy Deposition
  • Inkjet printing
  • Selective Laser Sintering
  • Electron Beam Melting
  • Binder Jetting
  • Metal Extrusion
  • Others

By Software:

  • Design Software
  • Inspection Software
  • Printer Software
  • Scanning Software

By Application:

  • Prototyping
  • Tooling
  • Functional Parts

By Metal Type:

  • Titanium
  • Nickel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Others

By End-use Industry:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Medical & Dental
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • South America
  • Middle East & Africa

Powder Segment: The powder segment currently dominates the market, owing to the rising emphasis on the increasing demand for high-density products with complex geometries as they are used to manufacture engine parts and components.

Proto-typing: The prototyping segment holds the largest share of applications in 2022. It is expected that it will rise in the coming years due to its extensive use in the automotive, aerospace, and defense sectors. It offers several advantages to the manufacturers, like high accuracy and the development of high-end and reliable products.

Regional Analysis:

The regional analysis of the 3D printing metals market reveals diverse trends and dynamics across different parts of the world. Asia-Pacific is expected to showcase the highest CAGR among all the regions of the world. In Asia, China is a significant market for the 3D printing metals market. The manufacturers of 3D printing metal, who are established in North America and Europe, are expanding their presence by making their geographical footprints in Asia-Pacific by adopting several growth strategies.

In 2022, North America region dominated the market share for 3D printing metals. This is because they are adopting additive manufacturing in the region. The United States and Canada are the significant markets in this region. There are various opportunities for 3D printing metal market in the region as they are early adopters of technology.

In terms of geographical footprints, Europe captured second largest position for 3D printing metals. It has several well-established market players who are specialized in additive manufacturing processes.

Growth Drivers:

Various factors are impelling the growth of the 3D printing metals market. The increasing mass customization process with complex designs and structures is one of the factors aiding to the growth of market. 3D printing is rising due to its mass customization by consumers. It has made it easier for customers to design their styles using 3D printing. With this, mass production also offers result in reducing production cost.

Moreover, 3D printing metals has also enhanced manufacturing with its advantages like mass customization and short production runs. It has benefitted manufacturing by decreasing the use of tools during production. Also, being produced at a large scale, it has reduced the cost and waste which is being produced during manufacturing.


The high cost of 3D printing metals is a very important concern for its growth. This is due to the special requirements of the metal powder in the process. The metal is converted into small spherical shape molecules to create the powder. The spherical shape helps in better flow and high packing characteristics. These special requirements act as a challenge for the 3D printing metal market.

3D printing metals market 

Key Companies:

  • 3D System Corporation
  • Stratasys
  • Renishaw plc
  • General Electric Company
  • Carpenter Technology Corporation
  • Materialize NV
  • Voxeljet AG
  • Sandvik AB
  • EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
  • The ExOne Company
  • Proto Labs Inc.
  • Other Players

The report profiles leading companies in the 3D printing metals market, such as Renishaw plc., Materialise NV, Sandvik AB, and others. These companies have a strong market presence, extensive distribution networks, and a wide product portfolio. Their competitive strategies involve product innovation, strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions to enhance their market share and cater to diverse customer needs.

In October 2021, 3D System Corporation announced that it is acquiring Volumetric Biotechnologies to expand its business and create new 3D printing metals.

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  • Publication date: 3rd September 2023
  • Base year: 2022
  • Forecast year: 2023-2033
  • Format: PDF, PPT,Word,Excel

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

The market is primarily driven by the increasing demand from the aerospace & defense and automotive industries, mass communication of products with complex design and structure, lower manufacturing cost, reduction in lead times, and reduction in waste generated during production.

The powder segment currently dominates the market, owing to the rising emphasis on the increasing demand for high-density products with complex geometries as they are used to manufacture engine parts and components.

The North America region showcases immense growth potential, attributed to rapid urbanization, infrastructure development, and the increasing focus on technological advancements.

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