This report analyzes the opportunities and value propositions for metal 3D printing services from the perspective of the service bureaus (including specialty metal service bureaus) themselves and of printer makers, materials firms and the end user community.
The coverage of this report includes:
New directions and strategies for service bureaus.
Metal printing is challenging and expertise in this area may protect service bureau from losing business to end users who buy their own printers. Some service bureaus believe additive manufacturing is a tool that can take market share from traditional metal working firms. Will the new desktop metal printing technology create new opportunities for service bureaus?
Metal powder firm strategies for the service bureau sector.
These strategies include both increasing sales of metal powders to service bureau and growing metal powder businesses by entering the service bureau directly
Service bureau opportunities for traditional third-party suppliers — hybrid manufacturing strategies.
Some traditional machine shops have become early adopters of metal additive manufacturing. Metal 3D printing processes are increasingly used by third-party parts and prototype firms, leading to hybrid manufacturing arrangements incorporating 3D printing along with established processes such as casting
The future of 3D printer makers in the metal service bureau industry.
Selling more metal machines to service bureaus, while strengthening their own metal service offerings
This report provides ten-year forecasts of service provider revenues, broken out by type of service provider; along with the projections of printers, processes and the types of metals used by service providers of different types. In addition, we analyze the future goals and strategies of leading firms – including printer makers — who make metal 3DP services a major part of their business activities.
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