Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for 3D Printing, 2018

Published: 13 July 2018

ID: G00338188

Analyst(s): Michael Shanler , Pete Basiliere


3D printing disrupts business models across many industries. The maturing 3D printing technologies are having a transformative effect, while the new and emerging technologies promise more radical changes. As a result, business leaders and CIOs are turning to 3D printing to create additional value.

Table Of Contents


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

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