Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for 3D Printing, 2017

Published: 12 July 2017

ID: G00314553

Analyst(s): Pete Basiliere , Michael Shanler


A myriad of 3D printing technologies are rapidly evolving, creating new opportunities to disrupt business models in a variety of industries. This research explores the "hype" and hurdles and is a resource for CIOs and business leaders to create value via applying 3DP technologies.

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
    • 3DP of Consumable Personal Products
    • 4D Printing
    • Nanoscale 3DP
    • 3D Printed Wearables
    • 3D-Printed Drugs
    • 3D Bioprinted Organ Transplants
    • IP Protection in 3DP
    • Macro 3D Printing
    • Sheet Lamination
    • 3D Printing in Oil and Gas
  • At the Peak
    • Powder Bed Fusion
    • 3D Printing in Retail
    • Classroom 3D Printing
    • Directed Energy Deposition
    • 3D Printed Surgical Implants
    • 3D Printing in Supply Chain
    • 3D Bioprinting for Life Science R&D
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • 3D Printing of Medical Devices
    • 3D Bioprinted Human Tissue
    • Consumer 3D Printing
    • 3D Printing in Manufacturing Operations
    • 3DP in Aerospace and Defense
    • Stereolithography
    • 3DP Presurgery Anatomical Models
    • 3D Printed Tooling, Jigs and Fixtures
    • 3D Printed Electronics and Fabrication
  • Climbing the Slope
    • 3D Printing of Dental Devices
    • Binder Jetting
    • Material Jetting
    • 3DP in Automotive
    • Enterprise 3D Printing
    • Material Extrusion
    • 3D Scanners
    • 3D Print Creation Software
    • 3D Printing Service Bureaus
  • Entering the Plateau
    • 3D Printing for Prototyping
    • 3D Printing of Hearing Devices
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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