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3D Printing Plastics Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Polylactic Acid, ABS, Polyamide, Polycarbonate, and Others), By End-use Industry (Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, Electronics & Electrical, Consumer Goods, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: July 01, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI108834



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The global 3D printing plastics market size was valued at USD 1.26 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 1.55 billion in 2023 to USD 7.46 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 25.1% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the protective packaging market with a market share of 31.62% in 2022. North America dominated the 3d printing plastics market with a market share of 40.48% in 2022.

3D printing is a technology that constructs three-dimensional objects by layering material in successive layers based on a digital model or design. 3D printing plastics involves using polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene materials that can be melted, extruded, or otherwise formed into shapes layer by layer to create a final three-dimensional object. It begins with a digital 3D model created via computer-aided design (CAD) software or obtained from 3D scanning of an existing object. The 3D model is digitally sliced into the horizontal layers using specialized software, generating a set of instructions for the 3D printer. The versatility of 3D printing plastics enables their use in diverse applications, including aerospace, healthcare, automotive, and consumer products, contributing to market growth.


Disruption in Supply Chain of Medical Equipment Created an Opportunity for Market Growth

The 3D printing plastics market observed a slow growth in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic affected more than 200 countries globally. Many manufacturing units of 3D printing materials had to shut down their operations globally. This had led to a reduction in the production capacities of 3D printing plastic material. Further, the pandemic resulted in a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies. Traditional medical device production was challenged due to excessive global demand. To fill the gap and increase the production line of medical devices, manufacturers focused on 3D printing technology or additive manufacturing using plastic material. Hence, the market witnessed stable growth in the medical industry.


Continuous Improvement in Printing Technology to Provide Beneficial Market Opportunities

Efforts are ongoing to enhance the speed of 3D printing processes, allowing quicker production of parts and objects. Advancements in printing technologies aim to improve the precision and resolution of printed objects, enabling accuracy in the final product. Innovation in printers allows the simultaneous use of multiple plastics or colors in a single print job, enabling more complex and colorful jobs. In addition, customize implants, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices tailored to individual patient needs using biocompatible 3D printing plastics. Furthermore, increased utilization of 3D printing in the automotive and aerospace sectors for lightweight parts and components enhances efficiency and performance. Hence, the rising preference for plastic material in the 3D printing process from several industries will boost the 3D printing plastics market growth.

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Technological Advancement in 3D Printing to Drive Market Growth 

Technological innovations in 3D printing processes, materials, and printer capabilities drive market growth. Advancements in speed, precision, and multi-material capabilities are expanding the applications of 3D printing with plastics. In addition, the ability to create customized and personalized items is a significant driving force. Furthermore, 3D printing reduces the time and cost required for prototyping and manufacturing. It eliminates the need for costly molds and tooling, allowing rapid iterations and reducing production lead times. These factors are driving the market growth in the forecast period.


Limited Availability of Suitable Printing Materials with Desired Properties is Affecting the Market Growth

Each 3D printing material has unique properties, such as strength, flexibility, and heat resistance. However, finding a material that combines all desired characteristics for a particular application can be challenging. These limitations can hinder the adoption of 3D printing in industries with stringent performance requirements. In addition, industries such as healthcare and aerospace have stringent quality and safety standards. Meeting these standards and obtaining certifications for 3D-printed parts can be challenging.  These factors are slowing down the widespread adoption of technology in several industries.


By Type Analysis

Polylactic Acid Segment Accounted for the Largest Share Due to its Superior Properties

Based on type, the market is segmented into Polylactic Acid, ABS, Polyamide, Polycarbonate, and Others.

The Polylactic Acid (PLA) segment held a major 3D printing plastics market share in 2022. It is also the fastest-growing segment in the market. Polylactic acid is a biodegradable polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch or sugarcane. PLA has found various applications in the market due to its unique properties. PLA offers a good surface finish, making it suitable for creating prototypes of products and parts before mass production. PLA allows for the creation of personalized consumer products. Its biodegradable nature makes it a preferred choice for manufacturing customized items, such as phone cases, toys, and household items.

The ABS segment is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. ABS is a versatile thermoplastic that can be easily extruded and molded. The versatility allows adoption in a wide range of applications, including prototyping, manufacturing end-use parts, and producing complex geometries. Furthermore, polyamide possesses high mechanical strength and durability, making it well-suited for applications where robust and resilient materials are essential. This is particularly valuable in industries such as automobile and aerospace & defense, boosting the demand in the segment.

By End-use Industry Analysis

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Aerospace & Defense Sector Dominated the Market Due to Use of the Latest 3D Printing Technologies

Based on end-use industry, the market is segmented into automotive, aerospace & defense, healthcare, electronics & electrical, consumer goods, and others.

The aerospace & defense segment accounted for the largest market share globally. The aerospace & defense industry has been at the forefront of adopting and utilizing 3D printing technologies, especially with various types of plastics, due to the precision, customization, and weight-saving capabilities offered. 3D printing plastics, including high-strength polymers, are used extensively to create prototypes and tooling. This enables rapid iteration and testing of parts and components, reducing development time and cost. In addition, 3D printing enables the production of intricate structures and lattice designs that reduce weight without compromising strength. Lighter components, such as military drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, enhance fuel efficiency and improve mobility and agility, driving the segment's growth.

The healthcare end-use industry is estimated to grow with a significant CAGR during the review period. In the healthcare industry, 3D printing is widely used in dentistry for manufacturing crowns, bridges, and dental implants. The ability to produce precise and customized dental components improves the overall fit and effectiveness of oral prosthetics. This is expected to drive product adoption in the healthcare segment. 3D printing plastics are preferred in designing clips, housings, enclosures, wearable sensors, and other small electronic components, including LEDs, in the electronics & electrical industry. The rising focus of the electronic industry on 3D printed products to enhance quality and reduce lead time is anticipated to surge product consumption in the electronics & electrical end-use industry segment.


This market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.

North America 3D Printing Plastics Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)

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North America accounted for the largest share of the global market, with a market size of USD 0.51 billion in 2022. North America is the largest aerospace & defense market globally. The U.S., Canada, and Mexico are the key countries producing aerospace parts & defense equipment. Also, the demand for commercial aerospace products, such as passenger aircraft, is a driving force for the market in this region.

Furthermore, European aerospace & defense companies are globally competitive, exporting products and services to various markets. This competitiveness drives innovation and efficiency within the industry, boosting the consumption of 3D-printed plastics in this region.

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Asia Pacific accounted for a significant market share due to rapidly growing manufacturing industries, such as automotive and consumer goods propelling the demand in the market in the region. China, India, and Japan are the leading countries in the automotive and electronics & electrical industries, which contribute to market expansion. Also, ongoing technological innovations and government support for additive manufacturing in countries, such as China, South Korea, and India foster product adoption.

The market is predicted to grow at a significant rate in Latin America during the forecast period. Brazil is one of Latin America's most important economies. With the growing economy in countries like Brazil and Argentina, there is an increasing need for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing solutions, driving the market in this region.

Medical 3D technology has made significant advancements in the healthcare industry and is anticipated to propel the product demand in the Middle East & Africa.


Engagement in Expansion and Research & Development of Products Will Increase Market Competence of Players

Leading manufacturers in North America and Europe are expanding their reach in various countries to strengthen their position in the market. The key players in the market have, therefore, developed strong regional presence, distribution channels, and product offerings. Major market players are engaged in research and development to produce superior quality and provide enhanced features. Furthermore, the companies are now promoting strategic partnerships and collaboration with end-users to improve their R&D efforts. The companies greatly emphasize increasing the service area to raise the market share and boost the company's revenues.



  • March 2022: Evonik developed VESTAKEEP iC4800 3DF, a new osteoconductive PEEK filament that improves fusion between bone and implants. By developing this new filament, the company will further expand its portfolio of 3D-printable biomaterials for medical technology.

  • March 2022: Evonik and Asiga, an Australian 3D printer manufacturer collaborated in photopolymer-based 3D printing. The companies aim to elevate the 3D printing industrial manufacturing at large-scale by increasing their competence in photo-curing technologies.

  • February 2022: 3D Systems announced to sign an agreement to acquire Titan Additive LLC (Titan Robotics). With this acquisition, 3D Systems will strengthen its polymer AM solutions portfolio to address new market applications such as consumer goods, aerospace & defense, and automobile.


An Infographic Representation of 3D Printing Plastics Market

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The report provides both quantitative analysis and qualitative insights on 3D printing plastics. The quantitative analysis includes market sizing in terms of value (USD billion) and volume (tons) for each segment and region in the scope of study. Also, it provides analysis and growth rates of market segments and key countries in each region. The qualitative insight covers the elaborative analysis of key market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and industry trends related to the market. The competitive landscape section covers detailed company profiles of the key companies operating in the market.

Report Scope & Segmentation 



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


CAGR (2023-2030)

CAGR of 25.1% from 2023-2030


Volume (Tons), Value (USD Billion)





By Type

  • Polylactic Acid

  • ABS

  • Polyamide

  • Polycarbonate

  • Others

By End-use Industry

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace & Defense

  • Healthcare

  • Electronics & Electrical

  • Consumer Goods

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (By Type, By End-use Industry, By Country)

    • U.S. (By End-use Industry)

    • Canada (By End-use Industry)

    • Mexico (By End-use Industry)

  • Europe (By Type, By End-use Industry, By Country)

    • Germany (By End-use Industry)

    • U.K. (By End-use Industry)

    • France (By End-use Industry)

    • Italy (By End-use Industry)

    • Spain (By End-use Industry)

    • Rest of Europe (By End-use Industry)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By End-use Industry, By Country)

    • China (By End-use Industry)

    • India (By End-use Industry)

    • Japan (By End-use Industry)

    • South Korea (By End-use Industry)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By End-use Industry)

  • Latin America (By Type, By End-use Industry, By Country)

    • Brazil (By End-use Industry)

    • Rest of Latin America (By End-use Industry)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, By End-use Industry, By Country)

    • GCC (By End-use Industry)

    • South Africa (By End-use Industry)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By End-use Industry)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 1.26 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 7.46 billion by 2030.

Growing at a CAGR of 25.1%, the market will exhibit speedy growth in the forecast period.

The polylactic acid segment held the leading share in the market.

Rising demand from the aerospace & defense industry is anticipated to drive market growth.

North America held the highest market share in 2022.

HP Development Company, Evonik, Stratasys, and 3D Systems, Inc. are a few of the leading players operating in the market.

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