3D Printing Market Size, Share & Trends Report

3D Printing Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Component, By Printer Type, By Technology (FDM, Stereolithography), By Software, By Application, By Vertical, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Oct, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-000-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 250

Industry Insights

The global 3D printing market was assessed to be USD 7.01 billion in 2017. It is expected to expand at a CAGR exceeding 16.5% from 2018 to 2025. Aggressive research and development in three-dimensional printing and growing demand for prototyping from healthcare, automotive, and aerospace and defense among other industry verticals are expected to drive the market growth.

U.S. 3D printing market

3D printing (3DP); also called as additive manufacturing, involves a layer-by-layer addition of material to form an object referring to a three-dimensional file with the help of a software and a 3-dimensional printer.A relevant 3D printing technology is then selected from the available set of technologies to implement the process. The last step involves deployment of this process across different industry verticals as per requirement.

The deployment of 3D printing includes providing services, such as consultation, solutions, installation, and customer support. It also involves handling issues related to copyrights, licensing, and patenting. 3D printing benefits manufacturers in terms of prototyping, designing, and modeling structures and end products. It also reduces time to market. As a result, production expenses have reduced considerably and the manufacturers are able to offer better products at reasonable prices.

However, the prevailing misconceptions with respect to the process of prototyping among small and medium-scale manufacturers may hinder the adoption of this technology to an extent. Moreover, lack of technical knowledge and a looming standard process controls are expected to restrain growth of the market over the forecast period.

Printer Type Insights

Based on the printer types, the market has been segmented into industrial and desktop 3D printers. The industrial printers segment held the largest market share of 78.96% in 2017. It is anticipated to continue dominating the market over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the extensive adoption in automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense, and healthcare, among other industries. Prototyping, designing, and tooling are some of the most common industrial applications of 3-dimentional printers across these industry verticals.

On the other hand, adoption of desktop 3-dimensional printers was initially limited to hobbyists and small enterprises. However, increasing usage in household and domestic application is anticipated to bode well for demand. Moreover, the education sector; which comprises schools, educational institutes, and universities, is also deploying desktop printers for technical training and research purposes.

Small businesses are adopting desktop printers and diversifying their business operations to offer 3D printing and other related services. For instance, the concept of FabShops is gaining popularity in U.S. These fabshops offer on-demand 3D printing of components as per the designs and requirements of the customers. Hence, the demand for desktop printers is expected to rise significantly over the forecast period.

Technology Insights

At present, the FDM segment is holding the largest market share of over 19% owing to extensive adoption of the technology across various 3DP processes. Along with the ease of operations, technological advancements and aggressive research and development activities are opening opportunities for several other efficient and reliable technologies.

Stereolithography is anticipated to account for a considerable revenue share, as it is one of the oldest and conventional printing technologies. Polyjet, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) segments are also expected to witness a rise in adoption, as they are used in specialized additive manufacturing processes. Growing demand from aerospace and defense, healthcare, and automotive verticals would open opportunities for the adoption of these technologies in near future.

Software Insights

Based on software, the 3DP market has been segmented into design, inspection, printer, and scanning software. Design software acts as a bridge between the objects to be printed and the printer’s hardware. The segment is expected to continue holding the leading market share over the forecast period.

The scanning software segment is projected to expand at the highest CAGR of 18.4% from 2018 to 2025. The demand is estimated to be driven by the ability of this software to store scanned images irrespective of their size and dimensions. The segment is expected to witness rapid growth and generate considerable revenue over the forecast period in line with the growing adoption.

Application Insights

Prototyping accounted for the largest market share in 2017 and is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Extensive adoption from various industry verticals is anticipated to propel the growth. Automotive and aerospace and defense industries use prototyping to design and develop components and complex systems precisely. Prototyping also allows manufacturers to achieve a higher accuracy and to develop reliable end products.

The functional parts segment is expected to expand at a significant CAGR of 16.5% from 2018 to 2025. Increasing demand for designing and building functional parts is anticipated to bode well for the growth of this segment. Functional parts include smaller joints and other metallic hardware connecting components. Their accuracy and precise sizing are of paramount importance while developing machinery and systems.

Vertical Insights

Based on verticals, the 3D printing market has been segmented into desktop and industrial 3D printing. Desktop 3DP comprises educational purpose, fashion and jewelry, objects, dental, food, and others. The Industrial 3DP comprises automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, consumer electronics, industrial, power and energy, and others. Consumer electronics, healthcare, and automotive verticals are anticipated to contribute significantly to the growth over the forecast period owing to the active adoption from various production processes.

Dental vertical is expected to continue leading in terms of demand share over the forecast period. Industrial 3DP helps develop artificial tissues and muscles, which replicate the natural human tissues and can be used in replacement surgeries. These capabilities are expected to drive the adoption in healthcare vertical. On the other hand, food and fashion and jewelry verticals are anticipated to contribute significantly to the segment growth. The adoption in imitation jewelry, miniatures, art and craft, and clothing and apparels is anticipated to gain traction in near future.

Component Insights

Based on component, the market for 3D printing has been segmented into hardware, software, and services. Thehardware component segment is further divided into printer type, technology, applications, and vertical. The software segment, on the other hand, is further bifurcated into printer type and software type. Whereas, the services segment is segregated by the printer type.

Global 3D printing market

The hardware segment accounted for the largest market share in 2017. The segment is anticipated continue leading over the forecast period. Software segment is expected to register the highest CAGR over the next seven years.

Regional Insights

North America emerged as the largest regional segment with a market share of more than 37% in 2017 owing to an extensive adoption of additive manufacturing. U.S. and Canada have been some of the prominent and early adopters of 3D printing. The regional market is offering lucrative opportunities for AM in different applications. Europe is the second largest regional segment in terms of its geographical footprint. It is home to several additive manufacturing industry players, which hold strong technical expertise in additive manufacturing processes.

However, Asia Pacific region is projected to register the highest CAGR over the forecast period attributed to the developments across the regional manufacturing industries. The region is also emerging as a manufacturing hub for the automotive and healthcare industries. A stronghold on the production of consumer electronics coupled with a rapid urbanization is also contributing to the rising regional demand.

3D Printing Market Share Insights

Key market players focus on innovation and technological advancements to cater to the growing demand from the automotive, healthcare, and aerospace and defense manufacturing segments. Stratsys, Ltd.; Materialise NV; EnvisionTEC, Inc.; 3D Systems, Inc.; GE Additive; Autodesk, Inc.; Made In Space; Canon, Inc.; and Voxeljet AG are some of the eminent market players.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014, 2015, and 2016

Forecast period

2018 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Singapore, and Brazil

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Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

The report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global 3D printing market report based on component, printer type, technology, software, application, vertical, and region:

  • Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Hardware

    • Software

    • Services

  • Printer Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Desktop 3D Printer

    • Industrial 3D Printer

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Stereolithography

    • Fuse Deposition Modeling

    • Selective Laser Sintering

    • Direct Metal Laser Sintering

    • Polyjet

    • Inkjet

    • Electron Beam Melting

    • Laser Metal Deposition

    • Digital Light Processing

    • Laminated Object Manufacturing

  • Software Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Design Software

    • Inspection Software

    • Printer Software

    • Scanning Software

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Prototyping

    • Tooling

    • Functional Parts

  • Vertical Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Industrial

      • Automotive

      • Aerospace & Defense

      • Healthcare

      • Consumer Electronics

      • Industrial

      • Power & Energy

      • Others

    • Desktop

      • Educational Purpose

      • Fashion & Jewelry

      • Objects

      • Dental

      • Food

      • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

      • Singapore

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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