The Global 3D Printer Market Just Passed 500k Units Shipped
Helped by the recent surge in excitement around (and availability of) the technology, global 3D printer shipments hit a major milestone this year, according to IT market research company CONTEXT. Over half a million 3D printers have been shipped since the earliest days of the industry in the 1980s.
According to CONTEXT, over 85 percent of those shipments are from the relatively new “sub-category” of low-cost desktop models that began emerging within the last few years. While still a relatively high-priced item (the average price point is $1,415, CONTEXT said), they’ve become much more attainable for the 3D printing hobbyist and Average Joe consumer. That said, the remaining 15 percent of those 3D printer shipments represent the largest portion of the total revenues, CONTEXT said. The higher-end products have a price point that ranges from $25,000 to over $2 million, which raises the weighted price point average to just over $96,000.
"Growth in 3D printing has been phenomenal in recent years," Chris Connery, VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT, said in a statement. "This year has been challenging especially in the long standing Industrial/Professional market. Through the first half of this year, there have been 1 percent fewer printers shipped in this high-end sector than in the first half of last year, a stark contrast to the shipment growth of 29 percent seen from 2013 to 2014.