Global Flexible Filament 3D Printing Material Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Colour (Neutral, Black, White, Other), By Diameter (1.75mm, 2.85mm, 3mm), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

Published:  Apr 2022 Report Code: KSI061614164 Pages: 102

The Flexible Filament 3D Printing Material market was valued at US$39.388 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 32.83% over the forecast period to reach a total market size of US$287.302 million by 2027.

A flexible filament is made from Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE), a mixture of hard plastics and rubber. The material can flex and stretch easily, owing to its elastic nature. TPE comes in various types, with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) being the most popular. The filaments PETG and PLA cannot be used to print things such as RC airplane wheels and flexible phone cases. In the meantime, flexible filaments are the ideal choice as filaments for this application. Another option to expand the 3D printer's capabilities is to use flexible filaments. These filaments provide flexibility and great adhesion between layers, along with sometimes also elasticity, unlike most common materials (such as PLA or PET-G). It is possible to print flexible objects with extreme resistance to mechanical wear and tear. It is common to use flexible filaments for automotive components, household appliances, or medical devices. Due to their soft and elastic nature, filaments can withstand high loads. Several market leaders seized the opportunity and started using flexible filaments to grow their businesses. A prime example is Nike. For the production of the Flyprint upper, Nike used a Solid Deposition Modelling (SDM) procedure. This is similar to fused deposition modeling and is built using flexible TPU filament.

This material is well suited for adding value to various industries, including footwear, where it can be used to create elastic soles, or the automotive industry, where tires and shock absorbers can be made. Using TPU filament makes it easy to create functional prototypes, concept models, and custom components. Mobile phone covers are often made from this type of material, as it protects the device from shocks and fractures. To keep up with the market, companies conduct continuous research and development. Recreus, a manufacturer of 3D printing materials in Spain, has launched a new flexible TPU filament that is 100% recyclable in February 2021.

Growth Factors:

  • Application in a number of end-user industries

Unlike ABS, PLA, or nylon, TPU 3D printing can enable possibilities not otherwise possible. TPU combines the properties of rubber and plastic to create highly durable, elastic, bendable parts. TPU is most commonly used for consumer goods, such as accessories for phones and footwear components. Medical applications can also be made with TPU. It is also great for automotive applications like seals, gaskets, plugs, tubes, and protective applications. Since it has high chemical resistance to oils and greases, these materials are popular for creating orthopedic models. Manufacturers launch new innovative products to maintain their competitiveness. Acreus introduced Conductive Filaflex in July 2021 to the industry as an electrically conductive filament suitable for 3D printing. This new TPU filament is flexible, electrically conductive, and can be used to make wearable electronics and electrically conductive components. The printing technology can also be used in flexible electronics, for example, to manufacture electromagnetic signal isolators, pressure-sensitive buttons, and for the connection of computers, joysticks, Arduino, digital keyboards, trackpads, and even surface electrodes. iFactory3D's new machine, the iFactory One Plus, has been upgraded and modified since the launch of its debut conveyor belt 3D printer, the iFactory One, in April 2021. One Plus enables printing with flexible filament and at higher temperatures, as well as a modified belt tensioning system and a new cooling system designed for serial production. Touted as "the world's most durable TPE filament," NinjaTek®, a Fenner Precision Polymers brand, announced the global release of ChinchillaTM, a 75A durometer filament for 3D printers. NinjaTek's exclusive extrusion method and engineering grade resins combine to produce material that is unique for its softness as well as its ease of printing. 


  • High maintenance

There are some drawbacks to flexible filaments such as TPEs, however. They are soft, flexible, and can often be challenging to handle by extruders in 3D printers. Likewise, these materials can buckle when extruded.  In addition, they can suffer from uneven printing surfaces due to rapid movement. These materials also absorb moisture due to their hydrophobic properties. Filaments can pop up and sizzle if not stored properly, causing the 3D prints to sizzle.  These factors may hinder the growth of the flexible filaments market during the forecast period.

COVID-19 Insight

Several manufacturing units of the end-users have slowed production in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, affecting the supply chain of 3D printing filaments. As the markets affected by coronavirus are geographically located where it has the most impact, the 3D printing filament market, including the demand for flexible filament, has been slightly impacted by the pandemic. The 3D printing filaments headquarters and principal subsidiaries are located in the areas highly impacted by coronaviruses, so the COVID-19 negatively impacted the flexible filament 3D printing market supply chain as the demand was low and production slowed in many factories. A positive impact, however, has been caused by COVID-19's effect on 3D printing filament markets since 3D printing is also used for medical purposes. Due to COVID-19, medical equipment demand grew, alongside the adoption of flexible filaments for 3D printing. 

Global Flexible Filament 3D Printing Material Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2020  US$39.388 million
 Market size value in 2027  US$287.302 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 32.83% from 2020 to 2027
 Base year  2020
 Forecast period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments covered  Colour, Diameter, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  3DXTech, 3D4Makers,, Taulman3D, Treed Filaments, 3D PrintLife,   EUMakers
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Colour
    • Neutral
    • Black
    • White
    • Other 
  • By Diameter
    • 1.75mm
    • 2.85mm
    • 3mm 
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Japan
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What are the growth prospects for the flexible filament 3D printing material market?
A1. The global flexible filament 3D printing material market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 32.83% during the forecast period.

Q2. What will be the flexible filament 3D printing material market size by 2027?
A2. The flexible filament 3D printing material market is expected to reach a market size of US$287.302 million by 2027.

Q3. What is the size of the global flexible filament 3D printing material market?
A3. Flexible Filament 3D Printing Material Market was valued at US$39.388 million in 2020. 

Q4. How is the flexible filament 3D printing material market segmented?
A4. The flexible filament 3D printing material market has been segmented by color, diameter, and geography.

Q5. Who are the major players in the flexible filament 3D printing material market?
A5. Prominent key market players in the flexible filament 3D printing material market include 3DXTech, 3D4Makers,, Taulman3D, Treed Filaments, 3D PrintLife, EUMakers, among others.

1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Powers of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.4. The Threat of New Entrants
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. Neutral
5.3. Black
5.4. White
5.5. Other 

6.1. Introduction
6.2. 1.75mm
6.3. 2.85mm
6.4. 3mm

7.1. Introduction
7.2. North America
7.2.1. United States
7.2.2. Canada
7.2.3. Mexico
7.3. South America
7.3.1. Brazil
7.3.2. Argentina
7.3.3. Others
7.4. Europe
7.4.1. Germany
7.4.2. France
7.4.3. United Kingdom 
7.4.4. Spain 
7.4.5. Others
7.5. Middle East and Africa
7.5.1. Saudi Arabia
7.5.2. UAE
7.5.3. Israel
7.5.4. Others
7.6. Asia Pacific
7.6.1. China
7.6.2. India
7.6.3. South Korea
7.6.4. Taiwan
7.6.5. Thailand
7.6.6. Indonesia 
7.6.7. Japan
7.6.8. Others

8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative
8.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

9.1. 3DXTech
9.2. 3D4Makers
9.4. Taulman3D
9.5. Treed Filaments
9.6. 3D PrintLife
9.7. EUMakers




Treed Filaments

3D PrintLife



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