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3D Printer Manufacturers Triple in Two Years

by Pete Basiliere  |  March 8, 2019  |  Submit a Comment

Incredible as it may seem, more than 180 enterprise-class 3D printer manufacturers are in business worldwide. Of course, they are not distributed evenly.

My recent “Market Guide to 3D Printer Manufacturers” found the number of tech providers has grown 300% since late 2016. Significant growth startup opportunities remain, with few enterprise-class 3D printer providers from places with very bright people (and research institutions) such as Russia, India and all of Africa, Central America and South America.

180 sounds like a big number and it is. But those companies are spread across the eight 3D printing technologies. Looking more closely, we see significant differences — and opportunities for new market entrants:

Source: Gartner (January 2019)


Another reason we could see more 3D printer manufacturers enter the market is the fact most organizations have not invested in 3D printing yet:



Source: Gartner (January 2019)


Consider this: Organizations that have already deployed 3D printing equipment likely have not maximized the number of printers they could utilize.

Where is your organization on the 3D printing technology adoption curve?

What are you doing about it?

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Pete Basiliere
Research Vice President
12 years at Gartner
18 years IT Industry

Mr. Basiliere provides research-based insights on 3D printing and digital printing hardware, software and materials. Mr. Basiliere's Maverick research coined the term Generation AI, people born after 2010 who will not know a world without application intelligence in their lives. Read Full Bio

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