Worldwide 3D Printer Shipments Up Again in 2016, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--The IDC Worldwide 3D Printer Shipment Tracker found that 3D printer shipments increased 29% in 2016 while revenue grew by more than 18% year over year in 2016.

"The 3D printing market surge continues on a worldwide basis with more technology and materials options, which are driving more investment in 3D printers and greater utilization of the equipment that has been installed" said Tim Greene, research director, Hardcopy Solutions at IDC. "We're seeing exciting growth in some of the key technology segments, with FFF/FDM, SLA, and Powder-bed Fusion all growing at double-digit rates year over year," Greene continued.

Technology Segment Highlights

The fastest-growing technology segments were FFF/FDM and Stereolithography, which each grew shipments by nearly 30% in 2016 vs. 2015.

On the revenue side, powder-bed fusion-based 3D printers grew by nearly 40% from 2015 to 2016.

Regional Highlights

The strongest growth in 3D printer shipments came from the Asia/Pacific region (excluding Japan), Central & Eastern Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.

Shipments in Asia/Pacific surged in 2016 making it the largest 3D printer region in the world in 2016.

3D printer shipments in North America recovered nicely in the second half of 2016, but were still down for the year.

Vendor Highlights

Chinese manufacturers like Flashforge, XYZ Printing, and Tiertime selling low-end FFF/FDM printers make up more than 30% of shipments but less than 5% of worldwide hardware revenue.

Stratasys and 3D Systems make up just over 6% of worldwide shipments, but over 30% of total hardware revenue in 2016.

Notes:

IDC tracks 3D printing commercial devices based on core technologies as defined by the ASTM

Devices tracked include products with product names, not all systems built using additive manufacturing processes

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Contacts

IDC
Phuong Hang, 508-935-4376
phang@idc.com
or
Michael Shirer, 508-935-4200
press@idc.com

Release Summary

IDC Worldwide 3D Printer Shipment Tracker found that 3D printer shipments increased 29% in 2016 while revenue grew by more than 18% year over year

Contacts

IDC
Phuong Hang, 508-935-4376
phang@idc.com
or
Michael Shirer, 508-935-4200
press@idc.com