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The use of polyamide (PA) 11 and 12 resins in 3D printing is set for explosive growth according to a recent report by Indian consulting company Markets and Markets (Pune). This growth will primarily be driven by the automotive industry, as well as the healthcare, and aerospace and defense sectors.

February 11, 2016

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Polyamide 11, 12 use in 3D printing to grow exponentially

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A battery box 3D-printed from polyamide 12.

Markets and Markets has painted two growth scenarios, the first with scenario one with a "comparatively normal growth" of a still impressive 27-odd percent, and the second forecasting exponential CAGR of 41.2% through to 2020. These two extremes point to a market scale in 2020 of somewhere between $48.6 million and $85.1 million.

PA 11 and PA12 are particularly used for laser sintering 3D printing according to the report. Besides use in auto applications, increasing usage of 3D printing in healthcare and aerospace and defense sectors for highly customized parts is one of the key growth drivers. These market segments are projected to be the largest segments of the market by 2020.

Availability is another factor that has a positive impact on increased applications for PA 12 as several players have well-established supply chains.

The PA11 and PA12 market in 3D printing in North America is expected to register high growth owing to the large number of end-use industries adopting 3D printing technology. North America and Europe possess high market share and are expected to dominate the market through to 2020.

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