It is expected to sell 108,151 3D printers this year globally. Was reached, according to analysts Gartner, an inflection point. The market will accelerate and double each year until 2018. In 2015, the number of 3D printers sold 217,350 units and is expected to continue to grow to reach 2.3 million units in 2018.
Printers under $ 2500 is still only 11.6% of the market this year, but the availability of printers “plug-and-print” will pass this share to 28.1% by 2018. Reaching that, as the analysts Gartner points out, will reduce the importance of Open Source which so far has been 3D printing especially with the movement Makers.
Source : “Gartner Says Worldwide Shipments of 3D Printers to Reach More Than 217,000 in 2015”, Gartner press release, October 27n 2014
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