Process gases play vital role in the 3D Printing fabrication chain

The enabling technologies for 3D Printing like laser metal fusion, laser metal deposition, selective laser sintering, wire arc additive manufacturing, thermal spraying and electron beam melting need process gases to achieve the quality, finish and mechanical properties desired.
The most widely used gases for these applications are:

  • Argon
  • Helium
  • Nitrogen

 

Only a selected number of companies are active in this world:

  • Advanced Specialty Gases Inc.
  • Air Liquide S.A.
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
  • Airgas Inc.
  • BASF SE
  • Iceblick Ltd.
  • Iwatani Corporation
  • Linde Ag
  • Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.
  • Messer Group
  • Praxair Inc.

The 3D printing/additive manufacturing gases market size is estimated to grow USD 26.92 million in 2015 to USD 45,123.29 thousand by 2020, at a CAGR of 10.88 %. The 3D printing/additive manufacturing gases market is driven by factors such as rise in demand for automotive and consumer products in developing countries and the growing healthcare market globally.

Several market research organisations are looking into this fast moving market like:
Markets and Markets
Market Report World