A recent update to the Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts global revenues for the 3D-printing market to reach $35.4 billion in 2020. This is more than double the $15.9 billion in revenues forecast for 2016 and represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.1 percent over the 2015-2020 forecast period.
According to the market-research firm, while 3D printers and materials will represent nearly half the total worldwide revenues throughout the forecast, software and related services will also experience significant growth. Revenues for computer-aided design (CAD) software are forecast to triple over the five-year forecast period, while the market for on-demand parts services will nearly match this growth. The gains in both software and on-demand parts printing are being driven by the rapidly expanding use of 3D printing for design prototyping and products that require a high degree of customization in non-traditional environments, states IDC.
According to IDC, the use cases that will generate the largest revenues for 3D printing in 2016 are Automotive Design – Rapid Prototype Printing (more than $4.0 billion) and Aerospace and Defense Parts Printing (nearly $2.4 billion). Dental Printing has also emerged as a strong opportunity in 2016.
“Customer spending on 3D-printing capabilities is following the market away from mass-market consumer printers towards holistic solutions that enable higher-end – and more profitable – use cases,” commented Christopher Chute, vice president of Customer Insights and Analysis. “As the market for printers, materials and services matures, IDC expects new 3D-printing capabilities to enable a next-wave of customer innovation in discrete manufacturing, product design, and life sciences.”
Manufacturing innovation has been the key driver behind the overall 3D printing market, according to IDC. Given the increased use of 3D printing for prototyping and parts production, it says it comes as “no surprise” that discrete manufacturing will continue to be the leading industry, generating 56 percent of worldwide 3D-printing revenues in 2016.
“IDC expects the worldwide 3D-printing market to continue its rapid expansion over the next several years, driven by the need to reduce manufacturing cycle times and to reduce prototyping costs,” said Keith Kmetz, program vice president of IDC’s Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions research. “This growth will be fueled by an explosion of 3D-printer manufacturers from around the world, seeking to capitalize on the anticipated growth in this market with faster printers that offer better quality output at lower prices.”
Healthcare and professional services will remain the second- and third-largest industries in terms revenues over the 2015-2020 forecast period, while retail will experience the greatest revenue growth, vaulting into the fourth position by 2020. Meanwhile, revenues from consumer 3D printing will grow modestly as this market has already matured.
IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide quantifies the opportunity for 3D printers, which enable the creation of objects and shapes made through material that is laid down successively upon itself from a digital model or file. Revenue data is available for more than 20 use cases across 20 industries in eight regions. Data is also available for 3D-printing hardware, materials, software, and services. The spending guide was designed to help IT decision makers to clearly understand the industry-specific scope and direction of 3D printing expenditures today and over the next five years.
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- March 2016: Y Soft’s be3D is First Desktop 3D Printer that Can be Manged with Y Soft’s SafeQ Print-Management Solution
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