Summary of our market study

In France, the 3D printing market is estimated at between €600 and €700 million.

The global 3D printing market has experienced significant growth, particularly evident in various industrial sectors. By 2020, Germany will lead the market with a value of almost $1.3 billion, closely followed by the USA ($1.231 billion) and China ($1.094 billion)

France is the world's fourth-largest market

The market is driven by demand in the automotive, aerospace, medical and space sectors, and is characterized by substantial investment in industrial 3D printers. Despite a modest share of unit sales, industrial printers generate the majority of market revenues.

62% of 3D printing users were engineers.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the usefulness of 3D printing was accelerated, as they solve supply chain problems in the production of medical equipment.

The market is relatively concentrated, with key players, both diversified conglomerates like General Electric and HP and pure players like Stratasys and 3D Systems, dominating.

Across the sector, companies are increasingly inclined to increase their investment in 3D printing technologies. However, the adoption of mass production using 3D printing still faces difficulties, mainly linked to high costs and the need for standardized materials and certifications.

3D printing industry trends and dynamics in France

The market is young and booming. The automotive, aerospace and medical sectors are the main drivers of demand.

The applications of 3D printing technology in various high-precision and technologically advanced fields are numerous, particularly in the medical field, where the market is set to grow from a value of around $930 million to almost $3,700 million in less than ten years, with a compound annual growth rate of around 18%.

On the supply side, the majority of 3D printing users are engineering professionals, reflecting an integration of additive manufacturing processes into industrial environments. This reveals a trend towards using 3D printing to improve productivity and efficiency within the industrial workflow.

The market structure features a combination of large, diversified groups and specialized pure players. The historical leaders in the industrial 3D printing segment have annual sales ranging from $20 million to over $1.8 billion.

One consequence of the sector's expansion is to offer increasingly affordable products, with 3D printers ranging in price from $100 to $1,000.

However, despite promising advances, challenges remain, particularly in terms of expanding the range of materials and the financial viability of using 3D printing in mass production, which is currently only advantageous for the production of up to 10,000 parts.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the indispensable role of 3D printing, in particular its agile response in the manufacture of a plethora of essential medical supplies, from swabs to protective equipment, underlining the technology's ability to adapt and customize rapidly. The 3D printing market has seen the emergence of several players

  • General Electric (GE): General Electric has ventured into the additive manufacturing space, leveraging its vast resources to develop sophisticated industrial 3D printing solutions.
  • HP Inc. has made significant advances in 3D printing with its Multi Jet Fusion technology.
  • Michelin: Traditionally associated with tires, Michelin has moved into 3D printing, partnering with companies like Fives to invest in 3D metal printing technologies. .
  • Prodways: A long-standing leader in industrial 3D printing, Prodways stands out in the French market for its expertise in producing large quantities of industrial-quality prints, such as orthopedic insoles.
  • Stratasys: American player and global giant in the additive manufacturing industry has made numerous acquisitions, such as Makerbot Industries.
  • 3D Systems: a leading American company, is one of the pioneers of 3D printing technology.
  • EOS: A leader in the additive manufacturing sector, EOS specializes in laser sintering equipment.
  • Poly-Shape, Sculpteo and Poietis break new ground. Poly-Shape specializes in precision 3D printing services, while Sculpteo offers online 3D printing services.
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1 Market overview

1.1 Presentation and definition of the 3D printer market

A 3D printer is a machine that allows you to design real objects in 3 dimensions from a file created with 3D design software. The objects created can be models, parts, scale models or prototypes. 3D printers can be industrial or desktop depending on their use.

The production of parts via 3D printers requires:

  • The production of materials for 3D printing (plastics, resins, metal dust),
  • The use of hardwares to be the machines and 3D printers
  • The softwares (creation softwares)
  • And sometimes services and consulting activities in 3D printing

The 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) market includes the following activities

  • of selling 3D printing machines and solutions
  • sale of printed products via specialized machines to customers wishing to create product prototypes
  • printing services

The global market for 3D printers is growing rapidly in terms of the number of printers sold. Companies are investing heavily in the use of 3D printers and the market is largely dominated by the United States.

Industrial printers, while representing a small share of total sales, account for the majority of revenue generated. The rest of the sales are desktop 3D printers. The sector is relatively concentrated and organized around a few printer manufacturers for the industrial and desktop segments.

The French market is ultimately organized around large multi-activity groups and 3D printing specialists.the market is growing rapidly, partly driven by a number of very dynamic SMEs. However, the industry is still struggling to develop, as demand is mainly foreign. This demand is particularly strong in the automotive, aeronautical, space and medical sectors.

The potential of additive manufacturing was fully perceived during the pandemic, especially when it was necessary to accelerate the development and production of certain products. This momentum will surely increase the reliability of additive manufacturing in the years to come, especially through technological advances and improved availability of materials at production scale.

1.2 A recent and booming global market

The global *D printing market is still in its infancy, but it is considered to have the potential to revolutionize global manufacturing and is likely to be particularly disruptive in certain industries such as healthcare and high-tech electronics. It is estimated that there are about ** million *D printed hearing aids in ...

1.3 An already important market in France

The French *D printing market is certainly a young but growing market. According to Capitalfrance accounted for *% of the global *D printing market in ****, and for *.*% according to a report by *D hubsthat is, between *** and *** million euros for the *D printing market as a whole. The growth of the French ...

1.4 COVID-19 crisis highlights the value of 3D printing

The COVID-** crisis demonstrated the industrial and medical interest of *D printing. Indeed, swabs, protective masks, visors, elbow grips, breathing valves, and many other objects were *D printed during the health crisis.

The example of Hewlett-Packard is interesting: the company has printed *.* million parts since the beginning of the crisis around ...

2 Analysis of the demand

2.1 Global spending on 3D printers is increasing dramatically

Global spending on *D printing has grown significantly, driven by the increasing integration of *D printers into various industrial processes. The *D printing market has several outlets: industry, high-tech, consumer goods, etc. As shown below, industry is the main market and accounts for nearly **% of the demand for *D printing. Services ...

2.2 The 3D printer, an increasingly popular product.

According to a **** market report by market leader Sculpteothe penetration rate of *D printers is constantly evolving. In fact, as we can see from the graph below, this penetration rate has increased from *% in **** to nearly **% in ****. Beyond the growing popularity of *D printers, the continuous growth of the penetration rate ...

2.3 The integration of 3D printing in industrial processes

The integration of *D printing in industrial processes is a real growth lever. Indeed, it appears that as a technology, industrial *D printing is one of the key vectors towards the digital factory of the future. It changes the rules of the game for many market players. While the use of ...

2.4 Healthcare, a major growth driver for the 3D printing market

The medical sector is a real growth driver for *D printing. Indeed, the manufacture of implants and nanotechnology is particularly well suited to *D printing. The purpose of an implant is to replace an organ over a long period of time or to replace one or more of its functions. It ...

3 Market structure

3.1 3D printing market players in France

The *D printing market is in full swing. In fact, we can see that several types of players coexist in this market:

Large groups: Large, diversified, multi-activity groups such as General Electric, HP, Michelin or Siemens Pure players: *D printing specialists (***) such as *D Systems, Stratasys and Xerox

The cohabitation of ...

3.2 Global 3D printer production is concentrated

The Wohlers **** report states that there were a total of **,*** industrial installations of *D printers between ****-****. As we can see from the chart below, **.*% of this production was from the United States, compared to **.*% in China, *.*% in Japan *.*% and *.*% in Germany.

Global *D printer production World, ****, in % Source: ****

Between **** and ...

3.3 3D printer shipments worldwide are growing exponentially

According to Gartner, unit shipments of *D printers worldwide increased between **** and ****, and forecasts for *D printer shipments in **** will increase nearly **-fold over **** to *.* million units shipped in ****.

Unit shipments of *D printers between **** and **** World, **** - ****, in millions Source: ****

4 Analysis of the offer

4.1 The three dominant technologies in the 3D printing market

*D printing relies on several underlying technologies. NeaAccording to a **** market report by market leader Sculpteo* main technologies are used in the *D printing industry:

Fused deposition modeling(***): this is a type of additive manufacturing technology that allows the construction of three-dimensional objects, prototypes and products through a computer-aided or computer-driven ...

4.2 Different prices for 3D printers depending on the range and use

According to Internet price comparisons, the price of a *D printer depends on the range and its use (***). The accessibility of *D printers has been gradually democratized since **** in France with prices that could reach *** *** € for an average of first prices at * *** €.

There are now * main price ranges for *D printers ...

4.3 Different printing rates depending on the volume of plastic and metal used

According to a study on *D printing conducted by Forbesthere are six main types of materials used in *D printing:

Plastic Metal Resin Stoneware Wax Ceramic

However, as shown in the graph below from Forbes, the top * materials are plastic, metal and resin. The price of *D printing therefore depends on ...

4.4 Challenges facing the supply of 3D printers

Additive manufacturing has evolved considerably over the past decade, especially on the issue of available materials. Nevertheless, there are still barriers to the adoption of *D printing in mass production. Lack of industrial-scale materials, product reliability and repeatability, post-processing and cost per part continue to be challenges.

The challenge today is ...

5 Regulation

5.1 Indirect regulation supplemented by specific standardization

Due to the recent emergence of additive manufacturing technologies, there is a relative lack of national or international regulation. However, the multiplication of standards allows for a precise framework of *D printing processes.

A regulation resulting from the use of chemical products

In a professional context, the site where a *D ...

6 Positioning of the actors

6.1 Segmentation of market players

  • Prodways
  • Stratasys
  • 3D Systems
  • EOS
  • SLM Solutions
  • ExOne
  • Voxeljet
  • GE Vernova
  • HP Hewlett Packard
  • AddUp
  • Poly-Shape
  • Sculpteo
  • Poietis
  • ARRK
  • Materialise 3D
  • XtreeE
  • Construction 3D
  • Batiprint3D
  • Athletics 3D
  • Dagoma
  • 3DCeram Sinto
  • EOS GmbH
  • Formlabs
  • Pollen AM
  • Markforged
  • Arburg
  • 3D Advance
  • Desktop Metal
  • Zortrax
  • Microlight3D
  • Weber Beamix (Saint-Gobain groupe)

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  • The global 3D printing market
  • The different segments of the 3D printing market
  • Main world markets - 3D printing
  • The French 3D printing market
  • The main market opportunities for 3D printing
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Latest news

Arburg celebrates its 100th anniversary in Lyon. - 01/07/2023
  • Arburg is a German manufacturer of injection molding machines. The company was founded in 1923 by Arthur Hehl.
  • The first injection molding machine for internal use was produced in 1954, and series production began in 1956.
  • The French subsidiary opened in 1985.
  • The company launched the Freeformer industrial 3D printer in 2013.
Nick Graham appointed at Formlabs - 22/05/2023
  • Formlabs founder and CEO: Max Lobovsky.
  • Formlabs value: $2 billion.
  • Formlabs headquarters: Somerville, Massachusetts.
  • Number of parts printed with Formlabs 3D printers: over 100 million.
  • International presence: United States, Germany, France, Japan, China, Singapore, Hungary and North Carolina.
Record results at Markforged. - 15/05/2023
  • Sales up 10% to $24.1 million in Q1 2023, compared with $21.9 million in Q1 2022.
General Electric benefits from aeronautics - 25/04/2023

General Electric (GE) first-quarter global sales:

Increase of 14% to $14.5 billion.

Sales increase in aerospace division: 25%.

Renewable energies division sales down 1%.

Sales in traditional energies division up 9%.

GE first-quarter 2022 net loss: $1.1 billion.

GE first-quarter net income: $7.4 billion.

Full-year adjusted earnings per share forecast: between $1.70 and $2 (low range raised from previous forecast of $1.60 to $2).

GE share price increase before the Wall Street opening: 1.8%.

Planned separation of GE's energy and aerospace businesses: early 2024.

GE raises its guidance after a good 1st quarter - 25/04/2023

Full-year earnings forecast: adjusted earnings between $1.70 and $2 per share (previously $1.60-2).

Cash flow forecast: between $3.6 billion and $4.2 billion ($200 million increase at lower end of range).

First-quarter cash flow: $102 million.

First-quarter sales: $14.49 billion (up 14% year-on-year).

FactSet analysts' consensus for first-quarter sales: $13.10 billion.

First-quarter sales for the Aeronautical Division up 25%.

First-quarter sales for the renewable energies division: down 1%.

First-quarter sales for the Energy Division: up 9%.

First-quarter adjusted earnings: 27 cents per share (versus a loss of 9 cents per share a year earlier).

FactSet consensus for first-quarter earnings: 14 cents per share.

GE shares: up 1.4% to $101.53 in reaction to the announcements.

HPE boasts that it has sold the world's most powerful computer. - 09/03/2023
  • In 2016, the Palo Alto firm swallowed SGI, a supplier of high-performance servers, for $275 million
  • In 2019, the acquisition of supercomputer manufacturer Cray enabled it to further expand its offering.
  • The HPC (High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence) market is growing fast. According to data from MarketsandMarkets, the global market is set to grow from $36 billion in 2022 to around $50 billion by 2027
  • With around 100 machines listed, HPE scores well against its challengers, China's Lenovo and Inspur (160 and 50 supercomputers respectively) and France's Atos (43)

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