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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

A 3D printer is a machine that can project real objects in three dimensions from a file and then create them physically using 3D design softwares. The objects created can be models, spare parts, scale models or prototypes. 3D printers can be industrial or office printers depending on their use.

The production involves the following resources:

  • The production of 3D printing materials (plastics, resins, metal powder)
  • The use of a 3D printer
  • One software (creative software)
  • 3D printing services and consulting activities (optional)

The market for 3D printers (or additive manufacturing) thus includes the following activities:

  • The sale of 3D printing machines and solutions
  • The sale of printed products by means of specialized machines for customers wishing to make prototypes of particular products
  • Printing services

The global 3D printing market is expanding rapidly; between 2020 and 2024 the market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 26%. Several factors are triggering this growth including a reduction in manufacturing costs and process downtime (which enables more players to enter the market and development to occur faster), government investment, and an adoption and extension in the number of materials which can be used for printing.

In the UK, The growth of the 3D printing market is expected to be at double-digit figures in 2019 and 2020. [Deloitte] One segment which will grow in particular will be bionic prosthetic limbs. This growth is fueled by access to a larger number of materials which in turn extend the possibilities with printing.

Between 2010 and 2019, HP issued the largest number of patents, followed by General Electric, Siemens, Compal Electronics, United Technologies Corporation, and EOS. [cipher]






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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.

Businesscoot Response:

Hello, Yes indeed, that's a good point. This is not what we are proposing today, but we are taking this into account for the future development of our market studies. It is still difficult for us to go into the details of financial ratios or cost structures, but we take note of your comments. We hope that the study will have been useful to you in spite of everything. :)

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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