How 3D Printing Adds Up: Emerging Materials, Processes, Applications, and Business Models

March 30, 2014 | State of the Market Report

Currently, 3D printing’s largest applications are for making prototypes, molds, and tooling. Direct production of end use parts, however, is beginning to grow in industries including aerospace, medical, automotive, consumer products, architecture, and electronics. Leading 3D printer companies’ razor/blade model could inhibit growth, but emerging third party material suppliers and equipment manufacturers with more open models are beginning to challenge their dominance as core patents gradually expire. In addition, emerging intuitive design tools point the way to more efficient part design. This report forecasts the future market size of 3D printing and finds that materials, printers, and parts will total $12 billion in 2025.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Digital Transformation
  • Materials Design and Manufacturing

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • 3D printing overview
  • Sorting 3D printing companies on the Lux Innovation Grid
  • 3D printing market forecast
  • Evolution of the 3D printing patent landscape
  • Challenges and development paths
  • Addendum: Alternative market forecast scenario, low
  • Addendum: Alternative market forecast scenario, high
  • Addendum: Overview of key companies
  • Addendum: Acronyms and endnotes

Lead Analyst

Anthony Vicari
+1 (857) 284-5688


Ross Kozarsky
Michael Holman, Ph.D.

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