U.S. 3D printer manufacturing market by segment in 2014

This statistic provides a breakdown of the U.S. 3D printer manufacturing market in 2014, by product or service. The 3D printers itself took up 35.5 percent of the market in 2014. The demand for 3D printers will likely continue to rise as different industries begin to utilize the technology. Using 3D printing enables product developers to print parts and assemblies from different materials with unique mechanical and physical properties in one process.

U.S. 3D printer manufacturing market segmentation

The invention of 3D printers is largely credited to Chuck Hull, who issued one of the first patents in the field of additive manufacturing in 1984. In 1986, the first additive manufacturing (AM) rapid prototype system was introduced. Since then, commercial 3D printing has come a long way. The technology is proving itself increasingly useful in a wide array of segments. The leading sectors using additive manufacturing systems include the automotive industry, the medical sector, the military industry, as well as food manufacturing. Unlike traditional CAD (computer-aided design) machine tools, 3D printing can be used in order to create objects with complex shapes. Additionally, 3D printers are often more energy efficient and less wasteful of materials. Currently, the main material used in 3D printing is plastic, while the use of metals and ceramic materials will likely become widespread over the next couple of years.

The United States produced some 64 percent of all additive manufacturing systems sold worldwide in 2011. That same year, the U.S. accounted for about 40 percent of additive manufacturing systems installed globally, making the U.S. one of the leading markets both in terms of production and consumption. Furthermore, the country is home to several of the industry’s heavyweights, such as 3D Systems, Stratasys and ExOne.

U.S. 3D printer manufacturing market segmentation in 2014, by product or service

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February 2014


United States

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