U.S. 3D Printer Forecast, 2017–2021
This IDC study for the U.S. 3D printer market covers printer shipments and hardware revenue for the 2017–2021 forecast period. The data is split by the following technologies: fused filament fabrication/fused deposition modeling (FDM/FFF), stereolithography (SLA), powder-bed fusion, select deposition lamination (SDL), binder jetting, and materials jetting. Data is also split by the following price bands: <$1,000, $1,000–2,499, $2,500–4,999, $5000–10,000, $10,000–24,999, $25,000–100,000, and $100,000+."Shipments in the U.S. 3D printer market are expected to grow at a 14% CAGR over the forecast period, and within that number, the professional and production markets for 3D printing systems are expected to grow more than twice as fast as the low-end/consumer market," according to Tim Greene, research director with IDC's Hardcopy Solutions Group. "Our forecast looks hard at some of the fundamentals that are propelling the 3D printing market as well as some of the factors that we expect will drive change in the coming years."