Gartner: The market for 3D printing to double in 2016

makerbot-factoryIt will sell 244,533 3D printers in the world in 2015. This figure will more than double in 2016. Next year, this figure is expected to reach 496,475, an increase of 103% according to analysts Gartner. They believe that this doubling of sales will continue each year until 2019 so that by that date, it will take more than 5.6 million printers every year on the world market. An impressive figure, but that will not be because of special sales.

A market dominated by FDM printers

3D Printer headThe slim majority of the market (97.5%) will be occupied by the 3D printers entry, FDM type printers. Low-cost printers that logically represent the largest volume of sales, type of printers Directed Energy Deposition (DED) and direct fusion of powder bed, much more expensive will obviously be much more modest.
According to analysts, the market for 3D printers “general public” (within $ 2500) will not be driven by sales to individuals, but schools and universities. For their part, companies will buy in bulk 3D printers that from the moment when they will be capable of producing quality parts “finished product” and with better materials.

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Source : “Gartner Says Worldwide Shipments of 3D Printers to Reach More Than 490,000 in 2016”, Communiqué de presse, September 29, 2015

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