The Chinese 3D printing market is still at an early stage. In 2013, nearly 60% of China’s 3D printer production was for export, while Chinese 3D printer makers shipped only 8,743 printers, generating $33 million in revenue domestically. The automotive sector was the largest application segment, at $6.8 million in revenue, followed by education with $6.5 million. However, in terms of unit shipments, the consumer market was the largest application segment, with an estimated shipments of just over 5,900 units in 2013. By 2018, the Chinese 3D printer market (excluding imported 3D printers) will grow to 37,800 units, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34%, with printer revenue growing to $109 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 27%. Education is anticipated to lead this growth, although both the automotive and health care sectors will also strenghten. In terms of printer type, metal 3D printer is forecast to be the fastest growing segment in the next five years, followed by low- to medium-end polymer sector and the industry polymer sector.
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