Worldwide growth for 3D printing market


3d-print-hub-parmaStrong and fast growth for the global market of 3D printing, according a new report from Wohlers Associates. The research firm said that sales of “personal” 3D printers priced under $5,000 (€3,590) — as well as the direct manufacturing of finished parts — will fuel strong growth over the next several years.

The market grew to $3.07bn (€2.20bn) in 2013. That marked a compound annual growth rate of 34.9%. The compounded annual growth rate for the past three years was 32.3%. The data includes all products and services, including 3D printing machinery.

Wohlers Associates, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, said the growth of worldwide revenue has averaged 27% over the past 26 years. Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at the firm, said the low-priced personal printers, plus the use of higher-end machines to produce parts — especially ones from metal — that go into final products, means the sector has a good future. “The industry is experiencing change that we have not seen in 20-plus years of tracking it – Caffrey said – What’s most exciting is that we have barely scratched the surface of what’s possible.”

The 276-page report gives an in-depth review and analysis of the 3D printing business, also known as additive manufacturing. It includes industry growth, competitive products and services and a future-looking perspective.

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