3D printing market surpasses US$3.3 billion worldwide in 2014
- Just under 133,000 3D printers shipped worldwide in 2014
Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) – Thursday 2 April 2015
‘We also saw incredibly healthy growth from the enterprise side of the market,’ said VP Analysis Rachel Lashford. ‘Vendors such as Voxeljet improved their performance, buoyed by impressive Q4 results. Many 3D printing companies have begun to ramp up spending on research and development to prepare for HP’s move into the market in 2016. But we’ve also seen the more traditional technology companies begin to find their purpose in the market too. Intel has become a major player here in a range of capacities, from supplying the i7 processor for HP’s upcoming Multi Jet Fusion printer, to implementing its 3D RealSense cameras into smart phones and tablets, such as the Dell Venue Pro 8000. While the 3D scanning capabilities these devices offer is currently limited, they pave the way for a future of consumer content generation via handheld devices.’
‘As the cost of entry into this market has fallen, we’ve also consistently seen new entrants and new technologies emerge on a regular basis,’ added Kempton. ‘Companies such as Voxel8 and Carbon3D have differentiated themselves with unique material printing properties, innovative technical abilities and enhanced printing speeds. These firms have ignited press interest around the world with their groundbreaking work and may soon see themselves become acquisition targets. Canalys expects 2015 to see the largest number of acquisitions in the 3D printing space so far.’
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