USA Leads as Most Advanced Country in 3D Printing: 3D Printing Sentiment Index
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Press release from the issuing company
Inaugural research commissioned by Ultimaker shows positive growth potential for 3D printing on global scale
Frankfurt, Germany – Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, today released its first annual 3D Printing Sentiment Index. Independent research conducted by Savanta, an international research firm, details a comprehensive view of the current and future potential for 3D printing in 12 countries worldwide, while covering the widest range of verticals and professions, including education. The quantified index reveals the USA, UK, and Germany have the highest expectations for implementing additive manufacturing and capitalizing on its opportunities.
The index is a measure of market awareness and adoption; adoption levels over time; as well as overall sentiment towards the potential impact of the technology. It is based on 2548 interviews with qualified professionals and in-depth analysis of macro-economic factors. Six key elements were investigated: market awareness, adoption and install base, 3D printing growth indicators, perceived future impact and optimism, and technology infrastructure and ease of adoption. Overall, 67 percent of respondents are currently aware of the terms '3D printing' and 'additive manufacturing'. However, only 35 percent have adopted the technology. Two thirds -- 65 percent -- think that 3D printing will revolutionize their industry and nearly 40 percent say that 3D printing will bring significant operational efficiencies and cost savings to their businesses over the coming 12 months, indicating the market's rapid evolution.
Market awareness of 3D printing or additive manufacturing
Level of adoption of 3D printing technology
Current 3D printing budget and plan to increase investment in the future
"Sentiments are the start of a domino effect," says Rohit Jhamb, Director Global Research & Analytics at Ultimaker. "Positive sentiments lead to positive behaviour and investments, resulting in a future of significant and sustainable growth. This research is the widest and most in-depth in terms of coverage that combines end customer voice with macro-economic indicators. It offers a complete view of the current ecosystem and future growth potential for 3D printing and shows that we have moved past the hype often associated with 3D printing. For potential stakeholders who haven't embraced the additive manufacturing market and are hesitant about entering, this Index shows they should be unafraid to contribute and can expect a healthy return on that contribution."
"Being close to end-customers is something we always highly value," says Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. "These findings confirm our current strategy for delivering easy-to-use, reliable solutions that anyone can leverage to gain a fast ROI with 3D printing. In that sense, Ultimaker is uniquely positioned, since we provide the market with an open ecosystem of hardware, software and materials. By delivering a complete solution that seamlessly integrates with existing workflows, we are on track to facilitate this positive future growth potential and continue to be the driving force to achieve true digital distribution and local manufacturing."
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