GVR Report cover 3D Printed Surgical Models Market Size, Share & Trends Report

3D Printed Surgical Models Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Specialty, By Technology (Stereolithography, Fused Deposition Modeling), By Material (Plastic, Metal), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-947-0
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2019
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global 3D printed surgical models market size was valued at USD 282.5 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6% from 2021 to 2028. This growth can be attributed to the rising demand for personalized healthcare, technological advancements in surgical tools and techniques, and 3D printed materials. In 2020, the 3D printing industry gained widespread acknowledgment due to its ability to meet urgent manufacturing needs and overcome the shortcomings of traditional manufacturing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. 3D printed surgical models market size, by specialty, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the market for 3D printed surgical models in 2020 due to delays in elective surgeries and increasing strain on hospital financial resources resulting in reduced investments in advanced 3D printing systems. Furthermore, the supply chain disruption, economic slowdown, and reduction in operational activities across various related markets also negatively impacted the market for 3D printed surgical models. However, according to a survey conducted by The Needham, in March 2021, nearly 56% of the 255 participants displayed a willingness to undergo elective surgical procedures in the next 3 months, thereby indicating a rise in demand for surgical procedures post COVID-19, which in turn is anticipated to positively favor market growth.

3D printed surgical models enhance three-dimensional perception and allow pre-adoption of surgical instruments in preoperative planning. In the healthcare industry, there are various applications of 3D printed surgical models including in orthopedic surgery for the treatment of trauma injuries, planning of tumor resection, endovascular aneurysm repair, and planning of tumor resection. 3D printed surgical models allow for shortening operative time and improving precision, thereby increasing their demand among the surgeons. For instance, according to a study published by Academic Radiology, the use of 3D printed anatomic models saved an average of nearly 62 minutes while the use of 3D printed surgical guides saved an average of 23 minutes of orthopedic and maxillofacial surgeries.

The rapidly growing need for customized healthcare products and the various application of 3D printing in surgery are the factors that are growing the 3D printed surgical models. In congenital heart disease, the surgical treatment in pediatric cases may be difficult because as compared to adults’ children have smaller chest cavities. Additive manufacturing helps the surgeons to have more information that further helps in the spatial orientation inside the cavities of the heart and in stimulating the steps of the operation with high fidelity. The 3D printed surgical models allow the stimulation of the stenting intervention and assessment of optimal size, length, and stent position is useful for actual intervention in the patient. These features of 3D printed surgical models are anticipated to favor market growth. 

Specialty Insights

The orthopedic surgery segment dominated the market for 3D printed surgical models and held the largest revenue share of more than 30.0% in 2020. The growing geriatric population coupled with the rising prevalence and incidence of orthopedic disorders are the major factors driving the growth of orthopedic surgery in the market. For instance, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal, the age-standard annual incidence rate and point prevalence of osteoarthritis were nearly 181.2 and 3754.2 per 100 000 individuals across the globe between 1990 to 2017, indicating disease burden and positively favoring segment growth.

The 3D printed surgical models specialty segment is broadly categorized into cardiac surgery/interventional cardiology, gastroenterology endoscopy of esophageal, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, and transplant surgery. The neurosurgery segment is anticipated to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the high prevalence of neurological disorders, the need for a high level of precision in neurosurgery due to the intricate nature of brain vasculature, and technology advancements in 3D printing systems and materials.

Technology Insights

The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) segment dominated the market for 3D printed surgical models and accounted for the largest revenue share of 25.0% in 2020. FDM printers are cost-effective in medical 3D printing labs. FDM technology belongs to the material extrusion technology class and is office-friendly, easy to use, quick as well as allows low-cost development of a prototype that makes them ideal for physicians interested in entering the area of 3D printing. Furthermore, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers report, in 2020, material extrusion technology was found to be used by nearly 50% of the 308 survey participants for medical 3D printing, making it the one of most frequently employed technology for prosthetics and assistive devices and surgical planning. Thus, the high adoption of this technology is anticipated to contribute to market share.

The technology segment includes Stereolithography (SLA), ColorJet Printing (CJP), multijet/polyjet printing, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and others. The other segment mainly includes powder bed fusion technologies, directed energy deposition technologies, and other related technologies. The others segment is anticipated to grow at a rapid pace due to the increasing popularity of HP’s multijet fusion technology, which belongs to the powder bed fusion class of technologies.

Material Insights

The plastic segment dominated the 3D printed surgical models market and accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 30.0% in 2020. Factors such as relatively cost of material, presence of advanced thermoplastics, presence of biodegradable plastics, compatibility with a range of 3D printing technologies, and reusability are anticipated to contribute towards the high market share of plastics.

Global 3D printed surgical models market share, by material, 2020 (%)

Based on material, the market for 3D printed surgical models is segmented into polymer, metal, plastic, and others. The polymers segment is anticipated to witness substantial growth over the forecast period owing to the introduction of desktop resin-based 3D printers and material versatility. This is expected to propel market growth.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market for 3D printed surgical models and accounted for the largest revenue share of nearly 34.0% in 2020. The growing geriatric population and high prevalence of lifestyle-associated diseases are anticipated to contribute to market growth in the region. The U.S. has the most advanced healthcare infrastructure comprising clinics, hospitals, and high adoption of advanced healthcare products and services, such as 3D printing. Furthermore, the presence of a favorable reimbursement framework and established market players are anticipated to further contribute towards the region’s market share.

In Asia Pacific, the market for 3D printed surgical models is anticipated to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period. Factors such as increasing per capita income and high unmet medical needs along with technological advancements and economic development of emerging countries such as India and China are expected to contribute to the rise in demand for 3D printed surgical models.  

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market for 3D printed surgical models is highly competitive, marked by the presence of a large number of domestic as well as international players. The key players that dominated the market in 2020 include Stratasys Ltd., 3D Systems, Inc, Materialise, and Formlabs. Some of the key strategic initiatives undertaken by market players include new product development, mergers, acquisition, partnership, and collaboration. For instance, in 2021, Materialise added new Left Atrium Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) procedure support technology in the company’s Mimics Enlight cardiovascular planning software suite, expanding its 3D printing capabilities in cardiology field. In addition, in 2020, Fast Radius partnered with Axial3D to provide a new DICOM-to-print service for surgeons and hospitals across North America. Such strategic initiatives are anticipated to facilitate market growth. Some of the prominent players in the 3D printed surgical models market include:

  • Stratasys Ltd.

  • 3D Systems, Inc.

  • Lazarus 3D, LLC

  • Osteo3D

  • Axial3D

  • Onkos Surgical

  • Formlabs

  • Materialise NV

  • 3D LifePrints U.K. Ltd.

  • WhiteClouds Inc.

3D Printed Surgical Models Market Report Scope 

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 387.3 million

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 1,066.6 million

Growth rate

CAGR of 15.6% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Specialty, technology, material, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Latin America; Asia Pacific; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Stratasys Ltd.; 3D Systems, Inc.; Lazarus 3D, LLC; Osteo3D; Axial3D; Onkos Surgical; Formlabs; Materialise NV; 3D LifePrints U.K. Ltd.; WhiteClouds Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the global 3D printed surgical models market report on the basis of specialty, technology, material, and region:

  • Specialty Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Cardiac Surgery/Interventional Cardiology

      • Annuloplasty (mitral valve repair)

      • Repair Coronary Aneurysm

      • Replacement of Aortic Valve

      • Stent Insertion

      • Repair Congenital Heart Defects

    • Gastroenterology Endoscopy of Esophageal

      • Endoscopy of Esophageal lesion

      • Splenectomy

    • Neurosurgery

      • Repair Aneurysm

      • Transsphenoidal Excision of Pituitary Gland

      • Remove Brain Tumor

    • Orthopedic Surgery

      • Repair Scoliosis

      • Repair Clavicle Fracture

      • Hip Repair

      • Repair Intervertebral Disc

      • Hip Replacement Revision

      • Repair Leg Fracture

      • Osteotomy

    • Reconstructive Surgery

      • Facial Reconstruction

      • Hand Reconstruction

      • Breast Reconstruction

      • Mastoidectomy

      • Cleft Palate Correction

    • Surgical oncology

      • Removal of Adrenal Tumor

      • Removal of Liver Tumor

      • Endoscopic Removal of Cardiac Lesion

      • Thoracic Removal of Lung Tumor

      • Removal of Renal Tumor

    • Transplant Surgery

      • Cardiac Surgery/ Interventional Cardiology

      • Heart Transplant

      • Liver Transplant

      • Lung Transplant

      • Kidney Transplant

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Stereolithography (SLA)

    • ColorJet Printing (CJP)

    • MultiJet/PolyJet Printing

    • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

    • Others

  • Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Metal

    • Polymer

    • Plastic

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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