3D Printing Market Still Growing

By on May 14th, 2009 in blog

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You might have noticed a slight financial crisis around you in recent months, but in spite of that, the 3D printing universe is still expanding, at least according to research done by nextgen. In their recent report, “3D Printing” on “Rapid Prototyping/Additive Fabrication/Solid Imaging via Stereolithography, Fused Deposition Modeling, Selective Laser Sintering and Inkjet Technologies” they say the market is still growing and is expected to reach a comfortable USD$782.6 million per year in 2013.

We’re not surprised, as interest in this technology continues to grow, proportional to advancing device capabilities and inversely proportional to decreasing cost of equipment and services.

The one thing that bothers us a bit about the report is the lack of focus on the hobbyist space. Rep-rap and several other do-it-yourself products exist and are undergoing continuous improvement. So what, you say? Those are just for hobbyists!

Perhaps, but the trend recently is for small startups to take the designs and inspiration of Rep-Rap and build very inexpensive printing devices for hobbyists and small companies. One can imagine these designs being gradually improved over the course of years, eventually reaching capabilities applicable for general use. Could this be a case of the Innovator’s Dilemma?

Via EarthTimes and NextGen Research

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


  1. Not sure I agree with this. According to Wholer’s Report the industry was closer to $1billion in 2008. Since then, the economy has taken a dip and budgets have been cut. The the release of several new printers from Z Corp, Stratasys, and the other manufacturers, competition is at it’s highest. Websites like Shapesways have also utilized those who own a printer or 2 in their garage and provided rock bottom prices for those who shop by price alone.


  2. We are in the pacman days of 3D printing. Hobbyist stuff is cool and is important. I guess we forget that the guy called Steve Jobs was some kind of hobbyist. Remember “Home Brew Computer Club ?”

    Its important to mention one success – figureprints. There are other developing otehr possibilites, but I guess it will take some time.

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