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The State of 3D Printing

The State of 3D Printing

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SUMMARY

This report measures 3D printing in various survey regions and demographics, indicating spending in additive manufacturing is increasing and a competitive edge.

Last year, 49% of respondents invested in 3D printing. This year, 70% of respondents increased their 3D printing. Professional manufacturers are learning how to apply 3D printing in new ways. According to 93% of respondents, 3D printing is a competitive edge. Overall, additive manufacturing is a key component of manufacturing, especially during production and prototypes.

What departments are using 3D printing the most? Additive manufacturing is mostly used for research and development (R&D) at 46%, by design departments for 46%, while 41% of respondents are using this tech for production. With that said, 3D printing is mainly used for production (43%), proof of concept (40%), and prototypes (55%).

How is the hiring health in the 3D printing industry? The 3D printing job market is not dynamic. Sixty percent of respondents say they do not plan on hiring new candidates. More businesses are recruiting project managers. For instance, in 2017 only 3% of enterprises were hiring project managers, while it is 13% this year.

What are the top 7 trends that will impact 3D printing? Cost decrease, Innovation in materials, metal 3D printing, Speed, medical 3D and bioprinting, quality and accuracy, 3D printing for mass manufacturing. With that said, material supply and costs, and machine capabilities and consistency are the most important factors of 3D printing activity. Lower prices will drive accessible 3D printing for several businesses.

This report forecasts 3D printing growth across the production and manufacturing sectors. Additive manufacturing is being applied in various ways, including prototyping, manufacturing, and common production. As more enterprises adopt additive manufacturing, 3D printing capabilities transforms into a competitive advantage.

OUTLINE

Introduction

Trends

3D printing strategy

Sector Insights

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
The State of 3D Printing
Region
Global
Published
June 30, 2018
Publisher
sculpteo
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
29
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
59
Topics
hardware
Tags
3d printing, 3D printing trends, hardware, sculpteo, survey
Methodology
Publishers surveyed over 1,000 respondents. The industry segmentation includes Industrial Goods (17%), Consumer Goods (12%), Aeronautical or Aerospace industry (7%) and Healthcare (6%). Concerning specific geographic regions, 60% of respondents came from Europe and 25% came from the United States.
EVALUATION

This is a comprehensive report that covers 3D printing trends, challenges, benefits, drivers and job market.

This methodology extracts insightful market trends in different regions and sectors. Businesses gain information about how competitors are applying additive manufacturing, and ways to capitalize on the strengths of 3D printing. This is a data-driven document with appropriate text and comprehensive graphics.

Positives

  • Rich datasets
  • Covers broad topics in 3D printing
  • Balanced text and visuals

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