The market for personal 3D printers looks vastly different than it did only a year ago. Market leaders have quickly expanded equipment offerings to fill out the entire market in an attempt to be everything to everyone. This has allowed focused, smaller companies to challenge incumbent’s position by targeting niche markets in the personal printing space. Developing dedicated user bases and offering more direct customer service avenues will help a number of entrepreneurial personal printers equipment manufacturers capture large swaths of the market over the next decade.
The next generation of personal 3DP equipment will provide value that will open up large addressable markets. Meanwhile, new highly accurate personal SLA equipment opens up novel opportunities to serve existing customers, as well as new ones. The switch from to specialized 3DP equipment components promises a large boost of performance in the next 3-4 years.
Meanwhile, the magnitude of the opportunities in personal 3DP are unsettling business norms. Some of the most promising players only a year ago have faded into obscurity; Meanwhile, new companies are securing large orders and rising to prominence rapidly. The rules of competition are constantly being re-written as more and more companies aggressively move to claim their piece of the pie. Global retailers do their best to make sense of this shifting space, seeking to understand how and where to get involved.
Manufacturers of 3DP equipment are now work urgently to expand production capacity and drive economies of scale in order to cement their position in the industry. Their urgency is well-founded: public excitement for 3DP technology has hit critical mass and will manifest in large numbers of equipment sales, materials, software, and services over the next few years.
In this report, SmarTech breaks down how the personal 3DP market has changed, and where it is headed. We address the shifting dynamics of the market, seeking to give our readers an understanding of how firms are competing in the personal 3DP space. Opportunities are identified, as well as the optimal strategies for commercializing on these opportunities. The educational markets for 3DP are particularly discussed as a primary opportunity moving forward. SmarTech addresses how these customers differ from regular consumers and how dedicated companies will best serve these markets.
After reading the report, our customers will come away with a comprehensive understanding of what personal 3DP means in the larger context of 3DP. They will see that the personal 3D printer acts as both an ambassador and bell-cow to the industry. Our report breaks down opportunities on a micro level, addressing individual product categories, geographical regions, and companies.
Our report also offers the most comprehensive 10-year market forecasts of the personal 3DP markets to date. We provide in-depth forecasts that are logically laid out so the customer can follow how we came to our conclusions. We provide a bottom-up forecast of the total personal 3DP market including equipment, materials, software, scanners, and services. Equipment and materials are further broken down into FDM and SLA printer categories shipped and installed. In addition, SmarTech provides a market share analysis, presenting an addressable market and adoption rate for personal 3DP technology.
SmarTech is the only firm completely dedicated to industry analysis in the 3D printing sector. As such, we have a unique understanding of new revenue generation, technology status, and strategic impact across the whole 3D printing sector.
Personal 3D Printing Markets: 2014 – 2023 is designed for all forward thinking and innovative marketing, business development, and financial executives who need to understand where future business opportunities are headed. The objective of this report is to provide essential input to senior executives making marketing, business development, and investment decisions in the rapidly evolving 3D printing business.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Opportunity Overview In Personal 3D Printing Markets
1.1 A shifting personal printing landscape
1.2 A note about the scope of the report
1.3 A note about the use of the term “makers” in this report
1.4 Is RepRap going to go away?
1.4.1 Why makers may be different
1.5 Understanding the personal 3DP market through analogies
1.5.1 Laser printing as an analogy for service bureaus
1.5.2 Adobe Photoshop as an analogy for CAD/CAM adoption
1.5.3 Next generation gaming consoles as an analogy for price point
1.5.4 Microwave ovens/lawn mowers as an analogy for market size
1.6 Crowd-sourcing’s role in personal 3DP markets
1.7 Personal 3DP in a global context
1.7.1 Personal 3DP in China
1.7.2 Personal 3DP In Europe
1.8 Personal 3DP forecast overview
Chapter Two: Players in the personal printing space
2.1 Strategic implications of current industry organization
2.1.1 Large companies exert market discipline
2.1.2 Manufacturers size will normalize over time
2.2 The twenty biggest personal 3DP firms
2.2.2 3D Systems
2.2.3 Beijing Tiertime
2.2.7 Aleph Objects
2.2.10 German RepRap
2.2.13 Airwolf 3D
2.2.17 Type A Machines
2.2.21 Other personal 3DP manufacturers
2.3 Will HP and other large consumer electronics groups get involved?
Chapter Three: Personal 3DP Equipment
3.1 Value drivers of personal 3DP equipment
3.1.1 Build envelope
3.1.2 Build speed
3.1.4 Ease of user
3.1.6 Smart printers
3.1.7 Value at cost
3.2 New innovations in FDM equipment
3.3 Current price trends in the personal 3DP industry
3.3.1 Accessing current price categories
3.3.2 Characterizing downward price movement
3.3.3 Is there a magic price point for personal 3DP?
3.4 Opportunities in SL personal printers
3.5 Opportunities in compact personal 3DP
3.5.1 Big companies will lead the charge downward
Chapter Four: Materials, software, services, scanners, and other peripherals
4.1 Opportunities in personal 3DP peripherals
4.1.1 Personal 3DP scanners
4.1.2 3DP pens
4.1.3 Services generated by personal 3DP users
4.1.4 Filament extruders
4.1.5 Other 3DP novelties
4.2 Opportunities on personal 3DP materials
4.3 Opportunities in personal printing software
4.3.1 “Killer” apps
Chapter Five: Opportunities in educational markets and home businesses
5.1 3DP as an entrepreneurial catalyst
5.2 Opportunities for personal 3DP in education
5.3 Education has a different set of value drivers
5.4 Big companies are emphasizing education
5.5 Integrating personal 3DP into Curriculums
Chapter Six: Personal 3DP forecasts
6.1 Total personal 3DP market
6.2 Personal 3DP market share forecast
6.3 Personal FDM printer market
6.4 Personal FDM printer materials market
6.5 Personal SLA printer market
6.6 Personal SLA printer materials market
6.7 Total sub $5,000 printer market
6.8 Total personal 3D materials market
6.9 Personal 3DP software market
6.10 Personal 3DP services market
6.11 Personal 3DP scanner market
About SmarTech Markets Publishing
About the Analyst
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Market overview
Exhibit 1-2: Market share analysis overview
Exhibit 6-1: Total personal 3DP market
Exhibit 6-2: Personal 3DP market share forecast
Exhibit 6-3: Personal FDM printer market
Exhibit 6-4: Personal FDM printer materials market
Exhibit 6-5: Personal SLA printer market
Exhibit 6-6: Personal SLA printer materials market
Exhibit 6-7: Total sub $5,000 printer market
Exhibit 6-8: Total personal 3D materials market
Exhibit 6-9: Personal 3DP software market
Exhibit 6-10: Personal 3DP services market
Exhibit 6-11: Personal 3DP scanner market