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1.1 Definition and presentation

A 3D printer is a machine that allows real three-dimensional objects to be designed 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 clerical depending on their use. The 3D printer market includes the activities of selling 3D machines and solutions, selling printed products through specialized machines to customers who wish to create product prototypes, and printing services. The 3D printer market can be segmented by component perspective (hardware, software, and services), printer type (desktop and industrial), technology, material perspective (polymer, metal, and ceramic), and geographic area.

In Italy, 3D printing has become a widely accepted technical standard and tool for manufacturing companies. The sectors driving the most demand for 3D printers are optics, electronics, electromedical (i.e., concerning medical devices) and watchmaking. Among the most common applications where 3D printing is used in the business process, about 76 percent of manufacturers use it mainly for prototype development and are very satisfied with it. This is followed by companies that use 3D printing for visual modeling, which are also satisfied with the potential of this molding technique. However, 3D printing is also used for the production of small series, customized products and parts, and for the manufacture of special products such as prosthetics, implants and components.

In addition, a large number of companies, more than 41 percent, plan to invest more in 3D printing and expand the use of this technology within their organization. Many see 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 entails, at least initially, an investment in purchasing the necessary tools, the resulting savings and profitability remain high. Overall, nearly 45 percent of Italian manufacturers see in-house production as an effective way to overcome supply chain delays or supply shortages.

1.2 An ever-expanding global market

The global *D printing market is still in its infancy, but it is believed to have the potential to revolutionize global manufacturing and is likely to become particularly disruptive in certain sectors such as healthcare and high-tech electronics. There are an estimated ** million *D printed hearing aids in circulation today. Specifically, ...

A fast-growing Italian market

According to research by Cherry Consulting and NetConsulting, *D printers are currently driving the Industry *.* plan more than cloud and Analytics. In fact, as of September ****, companies that have activated or are thinking about *D printing projects are about ** percent of those surveyed. The Italian market represents *.* percent of the global ...

1.4 New opportunities in the time of Covid

The Covid-** crisis has given an accelerator shot to *D printing by demonstrating an essential role in the manufacture of medical equipment, and because of this it has attracted the interest of businesses. The pandemic showed how *D printing can do more than just bring some futuristic object to life. Important ...


2.1 Sectors related to the 3D printer market

As we can see below, industry is the main outlet and accounts for nearly **% of the demand in the *D printing market. Various services account for **% of demand, followed by the high-tech sector which accounts for **% of demand, and the consumer goods sector (***).

Key market opportunities for *D printing World, ****, in ...

2.2 A rapidly growing demand

The two main markets that are driving the current demand for *D printers are the medical sector and the Italian SME sector.

Part of the demand is being driven by Italian SMEs that need to rethink their production processes as a result of the rising cost of raw materials: it is ...

2.3 Demand drivers

A major driver of demand for *D printers is the issue of sustainability. Growing apprehension about environmental sustainability allows the *D printing industry to serve another function of its own: to help the manufacturing system increasingly shift toward sustainable production and design, based on the circular economy, reshoring, digital workflows, and ...

2.4 Future demand driven by healthcare and sustainability

The main future trend concerns the ever-increasing growth in demand for *D printers for healthcare and sustainability purposes. In fact, health and environmental crises combined with the innovation of *D printers will enable *D printers to meet increasing demands from the health care and sustainability sectors.

The *D printing industry could ...


3.1 Market structure

Analyzing the number of patents filed in the international landscape, it can be found that * companies(***).

Major *D patent owners World, ****, in units Source: ****

Analyzing the Italian landscape, we can identify, in the chart below, the top * companies in the industry by revenue. In particular, we can find that the clearly ...

3.2 Geographical Distribution and Value Chain

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

3.3 Major distributors of 3D printers

As Italy has been among the major markets to have adopted *D printing since its inception, there are now a number of solid and experienced distributors who have built the industry from its foundations. One of these is Energy, a key distributor for Stratasys systems, which has been joined in recent ...

3.4 The main market players

Companies that use *D printers in Italy are active in the medical field (***) that use AM primarily for prototyping purposes.

Then there are a number of *D printer manufacturers, led by Sisma and DWS (***) and growing manufacturers of industrial filament extrusion systems such as *ntr and Roboze.

A number of companies ...


4.1 The main types of 3D printers

Depending on the printing technique and materials used, different types of *D printers can be found on the market. According to a market report by Seltek, a key player in the industry, there are * main types in Italy.

Source: ****

4.2 The main types of pricing

The price of a *D printer is determined by several factors such as the technique used by the machine, the type of material that can be used, and the number of extruders present.

Below we find a classification of *D printer models for various price ranges.

4.3 The most commonly used materials in 3D printing

According to reichelt elektronik's survey of a sample of business decision-makers in Italy conducted by the OnePoll Research Institute, most companies, or about ** percent of respondents, said they mainly use plastic filaments such as ABD, PLA or PETG for *D printing. Composite materials are also very popular, used by more than ...

4.4 Applications of 3D printing

Also according to the survey conducted by reichelt elektronik, most companies use *D printers to make prototypes (***) are made.

What applications of *D printing are most popular among companies? Italy, ****, % Source: ****

4.5 Advantages of 3D printing

Although *D printing involves, at least initially, an investment to purchase the necessary tools, the resulting savings and profitability remain high. According to the findings of Reichelt elektronik n's analysis of the positive effects generated by *D printing, for ** percent of Italian interviewing companies there is a significant increase in productivity, ...


5.1 EU regulatory framework

Due to the recent emergence of additive manufacturing technologies, there is a relative lack of regulation by the EU, as there is no specific legislation to fully regulate the sector.on the basis of these premises, last July *, some members of the European Parliament's Justice Committee (***) and education related to additive ...

5.2 Regulatory framework in Italy

Products made by *D printers are subject to industrial property legislation. Industrial property protects these products under Article *, Legislative Decree No. ** of February **, **** , Industrial Property Code or IPC. Specifically, inventions, utility models, and new plant varieties are protected through patenting while trademarks, designs, and topographies of semiconductor products are protected through ...

5.3 Tax breaks in Italy

According to the New National Transition *.* Plan approved in the Budget Law ****, all purchases of Industry *.* made between January *, ****, and June **, ****, enjoy a ** percent Tax Credit, and the timeframe for compensation is also greatly reduced to * years instead of the * years under previous legislation. In addition, for companies with revenues of ...


6.1 Segmentation

  • DWS
  • Sisma
  • Roboze
  • 3DZ
  • Energy Group
  • CRP Technology
  • Beamit Group
  • Prosilas

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The 3D printer market - France

Publicado en 18/11/2021 by Habib Belaid - Université de Montpellier - Institut Européen des Membranes

Very good

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The 3D printer market - France

Publicado en 03/11/2021 by Anthony Barbet - Prysmeo

It's quite clear and not too busy on each page

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The 3D printer market - France

Publicado en 03/11/2021 by Celine Parascan - Solvay

there are two or three typos in the text - P17 in the graph, it is 3D systems (and not 4D), - P24, I don't understand the scale, % compared to what? - P25, I don't understand the volume calculation? it corresponds to the final volume of the part? which material? considering the quantity of plastic materials available, it's a bit too light - p43, the manager of Materialise is Fried Vancraen - p46 and following, I didn't understand the link with the calculation of the notoriety of names and brands to be transparent

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The 3D printer market - France

Publicado en 03/11/2021 by Pro Stl - Pro-STL

Quite an interesting study on the market, a little light on the use cases maybe It would also be good to make examples of profitability or ROI calculations to show companies that it is useful and not that expensive.

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The 3D printer market - France

Publicado en 03/11/2021 by Thomas Brossier

The study is good. However, it remains very general. A correlation with different points of view would be interesting.

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