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3D Printing Market to Reach $31,863.7 Million by 2023

Published Date:   June 2018

Global 3D printing market is expected to reach $31,863.7 million by 2023, according to P&S Intelligence.

The key benefits associated with 3D printing, such as cost efficiency, single-step manufacturing process, and the ease of developing customized products, are expected to increase the adoption of 3D printing technology, globally, in the coming years.

Insights on market segments

On the basis of component, the 3D printing market is categorized into printer, material, software, and service. Among all these categories, printers held the largest market share in the 3D printing market in 2017, where it accounted for over 45% of sales globally. This can be attributed to the benefits of 3D printers such as ease of developing product with complex design, enables mass customization and cost efficiency.

3D Printing Market

Materials are further categorized into metals, polymers, ceramics, and others, where “others” include wax, lay wood, paper, and biocompatible material. Of these, metal-based 3D printing contributed the largest revenue to the market during the historical period, with more than 49% market share in 2017. Metal-based 3D printing finds major application in serial production, especially in industries such as aerospace and defense, and automotive, where products are mainly composed of metal components. During the forecast period, the market is expected to register the fastest growth from polymer-based 3D printing.

Browse report overview with detailed TOC on "3D Printing Market by Components (Printer [Industrial Printer, Desktop 3D Printer], Material [Metals, Polymers, Ceramics], Software [Design Software, Printer Software, Scanning Software, Inspection Software], Service [Custom Design & Manufacturing, After-Sales Services], by Process (Powder Bed Fusion, Binder Jetting, Direct Energy Deposition, Sheet Lamination, Vat Photopolymerization, Material Extrusion, Material Jetting), by Technology, by Application, by Industry, by Geography (U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil) – Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast, 2013–2023" at:

Based on application, 3D printing market is categorized into prototyping, product development, innovation, efficiency increment, cost reduction, supply chain improvement and others, where “others” include product line expansion, new revenue sources generation, customized product development, and customer experience transformation. Of them, prototyping held the largest revenue share of nearly 24% in 3D printing market in 2017, as industries like aerospace and defense as well as automotive adopted 3D printing for developing prototypes.

Besides product development, 3D printing technology facilitates efficiency enhancement and supply chain improvement. Due to these advantages, it is widely used in industries such as aerospace and defense, healthcare, automotive, gems and jewelry, and others, where “others” include consumer products, education, printed electronics, and food and culinary. Of these, 3D printing is expected to find the largest application in aerospace and defense during the forecast period.

Market is expected to witness the fastest growth in Asia-Pacific (APAC)

During the forecast period, the 3D printing market is expected to grow fastest in APAC, exhibiting a 27.8% CAGR. Government initiatives and investments in research and development to innovate methods and applications of 3D printing are the major factors supporting the growth of the 3D printing market in APAC.

Ease of developing personalized products is bolstering the market growth

The growing ease of developing customized products is driving the 3D printing market. 3D printing facilitates product customization, without increasing the cost of manufacturing. It allows users to create customized and unique products, as per their requirements. The technology is cost-efficient and offers improved printing quality, due to which companies, across the world are widely adopting it. Thus, the growing adoption of 3D technology among consumers is expected to generate high demand for 3D printers.

Global 3D printing market competitiveness

The 3D printing market is fragmented because of the presence of a large number of players offering 3D printing systems and materials for various applications. Due to the fragmented nature of the market, the competition among the global and regional players is high.

Some of the major companies operating in the global 3D printing market are 3D Systems Corporation, Stratasys Ltd., ExOne, Voxeljet AG, Arcam AB, SLM Solutions GmbH, EOS GmbH, Envision TEC GmbH, Materialise NV, Concept Laser GmbH, Autodesk Inc., and Koninklijke DSM N.V.

Global 3D Printing Market Segmentation

Market Segmentation by Component

  • Printer
    • Industrial Printer
    • Desktop 3D Printer
  • Material
    • By Type
      • Metals
        • Titanium
        • Steel
        • Aluminum
        • Silver
        • Gold
        • Others (Inconel, Cobalt Chrome, Copper & Bronze and Iron)
      • Polymers
        • Photopolymers
        • Thermoplastics
        • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
        • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
        • Nylon
        • Others (Polypropylene, Polycarbonate, Carbon Fiber, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETT), and Polyvinyl Alcohol)
      • Ceramics
        • Silica
        • Quartz
        • Glass
        • Others (Feldspar, Pottery Stone, and Talc)
      • Others (Wax, Lay wood, Paper, and Biocompatible Material)
    • By Form
      • Filament
      • Powder
      • Liquid
  • Software
    • Design Software 
    • Printer Software
    • Scanning Software
    • Inspection Software 
  • Service
    • Custom Design & Manufacturing
    • After-Sales Services
      • Service
      • Obsolete Parts
      • Maintenance

Market Segmentation by Process

  • Powder Bed Fusion 
  • Binder Jetting 
  • Direct Energy Deposition 
  • Sheet Lamination 
  • Vat Photopolymerization
  • Material Extrusion
  • Material Jetting 

Market Segmentation by Technology

  • Stereolithography 
  • Fuse Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 
  • Laminated Object Manufacturing
  • Digital Light Processing (DLLP) 
  • Polyjet Printing 
  • Inkjet Printing 
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) 
  • Electron Beam Melting (EBM) 
  • Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) 

Market Segmentation by Application

  • Prototyping 
  • Product Development
  • Innovation
  • Efficiency Increment
  • Cost reduction
  • Supply Chain Improvement
  • Others (Product Line Expansion, New Revenue Sources Generation, Customized Product Development, and Customer Experience Transformation)

Market Segmentation by Industry

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Healthcare 
  •  Automotive 
  • Gems and Jewelry
  • Industrial 
  • Architecture & Construction 
  • Energy 
  • Others (Consumer Products, Education, Printed Electronics, Food and Culinary)

Market Segmentation by Region

  • North America
    • By Component
    • By Material Form
    • By Process
    • By Technology
    • By Application
    • By Industry
    • By Country – U.S. and Canada
  • Europe
    • By Component
    • By Material Form
    • By Process
    • By Technology
    • By Application
    • By Industry
    • By Country – Germany, U.K., Italy, Spain and Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • By Component
    • By Material Form
    • By Process
    • By Technology
    • By Application
    • By Industry
    • By Country – Japan, China, India and Rest of APAC
  • Rest of The World
    • By Component
    • By Material Form
    • By Process
    • By Technology
    • By Application
    • By Industry
    • By Country - South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Others