Gartner has released its first Hype Cycle for 3D printing. If the curve of adoption of the additive manufacturing shows its adoption by companies for prototyping, the excitement in the public at large is expected to decrease rapidly. It is the phase of disillusionment ‘classic’, one that traverses all technology before its mass adoption. Gartner believes that it will be 5 to 10 years before a massive adoption by the public.
200 3D printer manufacturers today. How many tomorrow ?
They are currently more than 200 startups to develop and, for some, market to market 3D printers “consumer”, that is to say the general public. Despite intense media coverage, sales volumes are still modest and these printers remain expensive, their modest performance for much disappointing. The ecosystem of 3D printing is still too complex with 7 different technologies, multiple suppliers of software and consumables. Buy a 3D printer is more complex than to go to the corner Darty buy a printer inkjet printers to print his CV. It is in any case the opinion of Gartner analysts who believe that technology is poised to make his crossing of the desert, before finally the adoption.
While enterprise 3D printing, 3D scanners are mature, they believe that this consumer market will experience a crossing of the desert from 5 to 10 years. The big day where personal 3D printers will replace plants is perhaps not for right away.
The first “Hype Cycle” Gartner on 3D printing:
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Source : “Gartner Says Consumer 3D Printing Is More Than Five Years Away”, Gartner press release, August 19, 2014