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Gartner Invest/Research Community Vision: Assessing the Revolutionary Potential of 3D Printing

Published: 19 August 2013

ID: G00252975

Analyst(s): Andrew Neff


3D printing will change the economics of low-volume manufacturing and will affect consumers, technology providers (such as 3D printer vendors), multiple end-user industries that make 3D printing central to their customer strategy, as well as potential new entrants. Company Impact: DDD, SSYS.

Table Of Contents


  • Synopsis
  • The Bottom Line
  • The Starting Point and the Discussion
    • A Revolution in Low-Volume Manufacturing
    • What It Will and Won't Do
    • Have It Your Way
    • 3D Printing for the Greater Good
    • It's Not All Clear-Cut
    • Where Do Consumers Fit In?
    • The Outlook
  • Implications for Companies and Investors
  • Appendix
    • 3D Printing and How It Works

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