Gartner Research

Forecast: 3D Printers, Worldwide, 2014

Published: 20 October 2014

ID: G00269917

Analyst(s): Pete Basiliere , Zalak Shah


3D printer unit shipments will grow at a CAGR of 106.6% through 2018. Corresponding annual average spending will grow at 87.7% for the same period. Sales will exceed $13.4 billion in 2018 as consumers and organizations rapidly adopt 3D printers for home and business use.

Table Of Contents

Forecast Data


  • 3D Printer Market Size and Growth Rate
    • 3D Printer End-User Spending
    • 3D Printer Average Selling Prices
    • 3D Printer Shipments by Price Band
    • 3D Printer Market Growth by Region


  • Supply Drivers
    • Finished-Piece Quality
    • Technology and Material Advances
  • Competitive Environment
  • Cost
  • Features and Functions
    • Production Capacity and Production Speed
    • Material Range
  • Funding and Government Initiatives
  • Evolving Business Models
  • Intellectual Property
  • Demand Drivers
    • Use Cases
    • Disposable Income/Affordability
    • Attractiveness and Relevance
    • Consumer Preferences and Customization
    • Consumer Demand
    • Enterprise Demand
  • Macro Drivers
    • Regulation and Legal
  • Vertical Industry


  • Market Definition
  • Market Segments
  • Market Sizing
  • Market Forecast
  • Market Model
    • Forecast Components
    • Influencing Factors
  • Connections
    • Funding/Government Initiatives > R&D > Technology and Material Advances > Features and Functions
    • Features and Functions > Attractiveness and Relevance > Use Cases > Enterprise Demand
    • Regulation > Vertical Industry > Enterprise Demand
    • Legal > Intellectual Property
  • Geographic Coverage

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