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U.S. 3D Printer Forecast, 2016–2020: New 3D Print/Additive Manufacturing Technologies Fuel Growth

U.S. 3D Printer Forecast, 2016–2020: New 3D Print/Additive Manufacturing Technologies Fuel Growth

This IDC study details the results of the latest IDC forecast for 3D printers in the U.S. market. 3D printing/additive manufacturing is one of the IDC 's innovation accelerators and clearly has the potential to transform industries over the next 15–20 years by injecting efficiency, reducing cost, and accelerating cycle times within global supply chains. "We're seeing 'leaps and bounds' technology breakthroughs in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing market right now," said Tim Greene, research director in IDC's Hardcopy Solution Group. "Still, the fundamentals around driving usage, business models, go-to-market, and service capabilities are all largely unsettled. Even though segments of the 3D printing market have struggled, it is an exciting time in this industry and candidly we can't see that slowing down at all with the anticipated entry of new players and technologies this year and beyond."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Look "Upmarket"
Closed, Open, or Ajar — Develop a Materials and Services Strategy
Embrace Partnerships and Standards
Market Forecast
Shipments by Technology
Shipments by Price Band
Revenue by Technology
Revenue by Price Band
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
Faster Cycle Times and Shorter Supply Chains
Commoditization at the Low End
Services Expansion
Continuous Development
Significant Market Developments
Growth of Multimaterial Solutions
2D to 3D
Recognition of the Need for DFAM
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
General 3D Industry Definitions
3D Printing Technology Definitions
Methodology
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