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1.1 Definition and scope of study

A 3D printer is machine that allows to design real 3-dimensional objects from a file created using a 3D design software. The objects created can be models, spare parts, scale models or prototypes. 3D printers can be industrial or clerical according to their use. The 3D printers market includes the activities of selling 3D machines and solutions, selling printed products via specialized machines to customers wishing to create product prototypes, and printing services. The 3D printers market can be segmented by component outlook (hardware, software, and services), printer type (desktop and industrial), technology, material outlook (polymer, metal and ceramic), and geographical area.

The global 3D printing market size was valued at $13.78 billion in 2020, and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 21.0% from 2021 to 2028.

In Italy, 3D printing has become a widely accepted technical standard and tool for manufacturing companies. Within the industry, almost the 80% of the entities use 3D printing in their production, and nearly 73% have all the necessary tools for 3D printing in-house, facilitating the production chain. Of the most common applications where 3D printing is used in the business process, about 77% of manufacturers use it primarily for prototype development and are very satisfied with it. This is followed by companies using 3D printing for visual modelling, who are also satisfied with the potential of this molding technique. However, 3D printing is also used for small series production, custom products and parts, for the manufacture of special products such as prosthetics, implants and components.

In addition, a great number of companies, more than 41%, plan to invest more in 3D printing and expand the use of this technology within their organization. Many consider this opportunity as a way to make up for what they lost in the Covid-19 crisis by leveraging savings – in terms of money – and the ability to expand their offerings. Although this involves, at least initially, an investment in purchasing the necessary tools, the resulting savings and profitability remain high. Overall, nearly 45% of Italian manufacturers consider in-house production an effective way to overcome supply chain delays or supply shortages. 

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