Gartner Research

Forecast: 3D Printers, Worldwide, 2016

Published: 20 September 2016

ID: G00299715

Analyst(s): Pete Basiliere


3D printer shipments will expand at a 98.5% compound annual growth rate through 2020, and total spending will grow at a 66.5% CAGR to $17.7 billion in 2020. Technology strategic planners need to understand the underlying reasons why shipment growth is slowing after the market's initial growth spurt.

Table Of Contents

Forecast Data


  • 3D Printer Market Size and Growth Rate
    • 3D Printer Shipments
    • 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
    • Technology Advances
  • Vertical-Industry Demand


  • Market Definition
  • 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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