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Global 3D Printer Market Up 19% in 2015 as Industrial and Commercial 3D Printer Sales Drop, XYZprinting Remains on Top

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_3dpsales2015_context_logoAs computer desktop 3D printing device sales started to sfrequently at the end of 2014 and into 2015, most in the industry were predicting that the public’s love affair with 3D printing was over. The sense was that the industry may rat any timet back to its focus on pro-grade 3D printing devices while computer desktop 3D printing devices remained a novelty. Not only did Stratasys, the biggest 3D printing device developer in the world, scale back their MakerBot line in response, but their closest competitor 3D Systems retired the Cube and Cubify to exit the computer desktop market entirely. Whilst this left a big gap in the market, it was rapidly filled by tinyer in size computer desktop 3D printing device developers with sales figures that seem to be suggesting that it may not have been 3D printing that the public had tired of, but the companies who were selling them 3D printing devices.

According to new sales figures released currently by IT market research company CONTEXT, the market for computer desktop or very own 3D printing devices increased 22% year-on-year in the 4th quarter of 2015 and rose 33% overall for the year. The end of 2015 in addition saw Taiwanese 3D printing device developer XYZprinting extend its major market share actually additional. Meanwhile, sub-$500,000 industrial and pro grade 3D printing device sales were down 24% for the quarter and 9% overall for the year. At the same time metal 3D printing applications priced above $500,000 to $2,000,000 remained really in demand, with the sector seeing a 35% jump in machines sold over last year.3dp_3dpsales2015_topfive_marketshare_ractuallyue

According to the CONTEXT figures, all markets combined lead to actual of the world shipments of 3D printing devices rising by 19% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a year ago. Of the 73,012 total 3D printing device units that were shipped in the final quarter of last year, 96% of them were sub-$5,000 computer desktop or very own printing devices, that was a 22% increase over last year. With 2,907 units in total shipped, the 24% drop in sales for the additional expensive models of industrial, pro or commercial grade 3D printing devices was really a noticeable drop.

“This nascent side of the 3D printing device market again saw excellent changes in 2015. Companies with a long standing presence in the additive making market scaled back their assumeations for this newer, computer desktop side of the market, retooling to concentrate additional on their core B2B competences. Other brands appear to capitalize on these refocused efforts, yet with start-ups, toy companies, IT companies and tool companies all competing in the market of different types of angles, yet all appearing to get a piece of the go ond sturdy demand for these devices,” explained the VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT Chris Connery in his industry report.

CONTEXT 3D Printing Research Update

Whilst the 2015 fourth quarter figures are dramatic adequate, the entire year’s sales numbers show what an impact that last quarter had on the market. For 2015’s full calendar year, the 3D printing device market saw an overall growth of 30% in terms of total printing devices shipped and 33% overall growth only for computer desktop and very own 3D printing devices, while 2015 in addition saw an overall drop of 9% in sales for industrial, pro or commercial 3D printing devices. It is most likely that as the high end of computer desktop 3D printing devices has risen and prices have dropped, additional tiny businesses are forgoing the additional costly commercial 3D printing devices and their expensive service contracts for less expensive computer desktop options.

As assumeed, XYZprinting kept the top spot for global computer desktop 3D printing device sales in the fourth quarter of 2015. They extended their market share up to 31% for the quarter and an astounding 21% for the entire calendar year. This coincides with the exit of 3D Systems of the computer desktop market and Stratasys scaling down MakerBot’s market presence. XYZprinting and other up and coming 3D printing device companies like M3D, Ultimaker and FlashForge happily picked up the slack left by the industry’s larger developers. The fourth quarter of 2015 in addition saw the biggest crowdfunding campaign for a 3D printing device at any time with the Tiko 3D Printer Kickstarter delivering in just about $3,000,000 in backing, pre-selling a total of 16,000 units.3dp_3dpsales2015_topfive_computer desktop

Most of the growth in the computer desktop 3D printing device market trended towards lower-priced 3D printing devices like the $179 Tiko 3D printing device, the $349 Micro of M3D or the $399 Printrbot Play. CONTEXT said that they assume the trend of lower-cost 3D printing devices to go on in 2016, with XYZprinting may already revealing off their new $269 printing device assumeed this year and toy maker Mattel releasing a sub-$300 printing device by the end of the year. Big name brands like Polaroid are in addition assumeed to enter the affordable 3D printing device market with their own printing devices at a few point in 2016.

“Since the 3D Printer industry consists of a wide range of prices for the different types of types of 3D Printing technologies, the market is frequently benchmarked not only on units, but in addition on ractuallyue of the sale of printing devices. Doing so helps to show the growing importance of Metal 3D Printing overall with 2015 seeing three of the top five vendors all mostly concentrating on metal additive making (EOS, SLM Solutions and Arcam),” go ond Connery.

3dp_3dpsales2015_topfive_proStratasys remained top dog on the industrial and pro side of the 3D printing device market in the fourth quarter of 2015. They shipped 48% of all industrial and pro 3D printing devices in the fourth quarter, yet they yet sold 29% fewer printing devices than a year ago. Whilst the industrial and pro side of the 3D printing device market unquestionably struggled in 2015, the numbers may not be telling the full story. The CONTEXT report suggests that the sagging commercial market may just be the industry holding back until sat any timeal well-known brands finally bring their new printing devices into the sector. HP Inc can finally be releasing their hotly anticipated Multi Jet 3D printing device this year, while Canon and Ricoh are in addition assumeed to reveal their new commercial 3D printing devices.

2016 is assumeed to go on the trend of the global 3D printing device market growing, with sat any timeal healthy areas of the market continuing to grow. CONTEXT is predicting that the total global market for 3D printing devices, 3D printing materials, 3D printing device accessories and 3D printing services can grow of a $4.1 billion industry in 2015 to a $16.2 billion industry by the year 2020. Are you surprised at this information? Discuss in the Global 3D Printing Trends forum over at 3DPB.com.