Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for 3D Printing, 2016

Published: 19 July 2016

ID: G00307807

Analyst(s): Pete Basiliere , Michael Shanler


The market for enterprise and consumer 3D printers continues to expand with an explosion in the number of new vendors, services, products and uses. This Hype Cycle provides an overview of the 3D printing landscape, and provides technology, industry and process contexts.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • 3D Printing Workflow Software
    • 3D Printing of Personal Consumable Products
    • 4D Printing
    • Nanoscale 3DP
    • 3D Printed Wearables
    • 3D-Printed Drugs
    • 3D Bioprinted Organ Transplants
    • 3D Printing in Oil and Gas
    • Intellectual Property Protection (3D Printing)
    • Macro 3D Printing
    • Sheet Lamination
    • Classroom 3D Printing
    • Powder Bed Fusion
    • Retail 3D Printing
  • At the Peak
    • Directed Energy Deposition
    • Stereolithography
    • 3DP-Aided Hip/Knee Implants
    • 3D Bioprinted Human Tissue
    • 3D Printing in Supply Chain
    • 3D Bioprinting for Life Science R&D
    • 3D Printing of Medical Devices
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Consumer 3D Printing
    • 3D Printing in Manufacturing Operations
    • 3DP in Aerospace and Defense
    • 3DP-Enabled Augmented Manufacturing
    • 3D-Printed Electronics and Fabrication
    • 3D Printing of Dental Devices
  • Climbing the Slope
    • 3DP in Automotive
    • Binder Jetting
    • Material Jetting
    • Enterprise 3D Printing
    • 3D Scanners
    • Material Extrusion
    • 3D Print Creation Software
    • 3D Printing Service Bureaus
  • Entering the Plateau
    • 3D Printing of Hearing Devices
    • 3D Printing for Prototyping
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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