The market size for 3D printable materials globally was approximately 1.6 billion for 2020 and estimated to increase to 4.5 billion in 2025. The exponential growth of this technology is a result of the complexity of new processes, the diversity of filament deposition and unbridled innovative exploration.
What was originally a nascent small-scale enterprise is now a monster industry incorporating equipment, processes, and materials.
All this merges into the ecological necessities of the sustainable era.
A brief look at the astonishing progress of 3D printing, available ecological materials, and amazing results:
- Plant based filaments created from seaweed and soy
- Cornstarch based PLA is non-toxic, completely biodegradable, and compatible for items that are touching food.
- Hemp fiber is combined with PLA, producing a uniquely textured biodegradable filament that can be recycled.
- 100% organic filament created by combining PLA with actual wood fiber plus a bamboo fill by ColorFabb.
From our perspective at IBC Shell, 3D printing has a bright, sustainable horizon:
Speed – to – development, prototyping, engineering and scalable production of packaging and product for the consumer sectors we serve – spirits, fragrance, cosmetics and luxury products.