Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for 3D Printing, 2019

Published: 17 July 2019

ID: G00369248

Analyst(s): Pete Basiliere, Michael Shanler


The question is not “Is 3D printing real?” but “How do I transform my organization with 3D printing?” 3D printing accelerates product development, improves operations and makes finished goods. Business leaders and CIOs use our Hype Cycle to identify 3D printing’s opportunities and risks.

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

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