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 $1300 million, closely followed by the USA ($1231 million) and China ($1094 million), with France the fourth market at $489 million. 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, underlining the technology's industrial roots. During the COVID-19 crisis, the usefulness of 3D printing was highlighted, solving 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 the country

In the evolving landscape of the 3D printing industry within the country, several notable trends emerge from the information gathered. The young but booming market is evident in its rapid growth trajectory, demonstrating an average annual growth rate of around 2.5% to 3%, a figure that indicates the sector's burgeoning potential. Industry analysts have identified the automotive, aerospace and medical sectors as the main drivers of demand, reflecting the diversity of applications for 3D printing technology in various high-precision and technologically advanced fields. In particular, the medical sector stands out as a major growth catalyst, with the projected global market for 3D printing in healthcare set to grow from a value of around $930 million to almost $3,700 million in less than ten years, at a compound annual growth rate of around 18%.

On the supply side, the majority of 3D printing users are engineering professionals, reflecting a pronounced 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, meanwhile, presents a combination of large, diversified groups and specialized pure players, the latter often holding a technological lead thanks to their deep-rooted expertise in 3D printing. It's worth noting that the historical leaders in the industrial 3D printing segment are attracting considerable market attention, with annual sales ranging from around $20 million to over $1.8 billion. An interesting consequence of the sector's expansion is the increasingly accessible price range of 3D printers, with the first price now between $100 and $1,000, making the technology more accessible to small businesses and enthusiasts.

However, despite promising advances, challenges remain, particularly with regard to 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. In the midst of these market dynamics, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the indispensable role of 3D printing, in particular its agile response in the manufacture of a plethorathore of essential medical supplies, from swabs to protective equipment, underlining the technology's ability to adapt and customize rapidly. As these trends indicate, while the 3D printing industry remains nascent, its potential for transformation and growth in the designated country is not only evident but accelerating, setting the stage for what follows.

The 3D printing market has seen the emergence of several influential players, with a mix of established organizations and specialist companies leading the charge in innovation and market share.

  • General Electric (GE): A Titan in the industrial field, General Electric has ventured into the additive manufacturing space, leveraging its vast resources to develop sophisticated industrial 3D printing solutions. GE has advanced the technology in terms of materials and processes, helping to push the boundaries of what is possible in additive manufacturing.
  • HP Inc. is originally known for its presence in the computing and printing sectors, but has made considerable progress in 3D printing thanks to its Multi Jet Fusion technology. HP's entry into the 3D printing market demonstrates its commitment to innovation and a future where digital manufacturing is commonplace.
  • Michelin: Traditionally associated with tires, Michelin has moved into 3D printing, partnering with companies like Fives to invest in 3D metal printing technologies. This strategic move shows how traditional manufacturing companies are adapting to the new possibilities offered by additive manufacturing.
  • 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, Stratasys has a long history in the market, marked by innovation and strategic acquisitions, such as Makerbot Industries. Stratasys has been at the forefront of FDM technology and continues to extend its reach into various sectors, including the automotive industry.
  • 3D Systems: 3D Systems, another leading US company, is one of the pioneers of 3D printing technology. 3D Systems' founder filed the patent for stereolithography, demonstrating the company's long-standing commitment to revolutionary advances in this field.
  • EOS: A leader in the additive manufacturing sector, EOS specializes in laser sintering equipment. The company's technology has played a key role in the development and refinement of the SLS process, making it an essential supplier to many industries seeking to produce durable, high-quality parts.
  • Poly-Shape, Sculpteo and Poietis break new ground. Poly-Shape specializes in precision 3D printing services, while Sculpteo offers online 3D printing services to a broad customer base.
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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 ...

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  • The different segments of the 3D printing market
  • Main world markets - 3D printing
  • The French 3D printing market
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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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