Plastics that are used for 3D printing are mostly of synthetic origin that includes nylon (polyamides) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Apart from plastics, metals and ceramics are also used. The key application segments are healthcare, electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense. Out of these, healthcare and electronics segments have higher adoption. The growth in automotive and transportation industries is expected to drive the growth of the 3D printing plastics market. North America is the region that has the highest adoption due to growth in end-user industries.
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Keywords: Plastics, 3D printing, synthetic, nylon, polyamide, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, ABS, metals, ceramics, healthcare, electronics, automotive, aerospace, defense, transportation