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3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Services in the US
IBISWorld, February 2012, Pages: 33
Breaking the mold: Developing technologies and a growing customer base will boost revenue
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Services
3D printing and rapid prototyping has evolved since its introduction in the late 1980s, especially in more recent years as technology advances and companies demand more of these services. Despite some hard times during the recession, the industry has largely recovered and seen positive average growth since 2007. As prices decline and a greater variety of materials is used, demand will likely expand. Profit margins are expected to expand, even in the face of increasing competition in this growing industry.
Firms in this industry offer 3D printing and rapid prototyping, which is the automatic construction of physical objects using additive manufacturing technology. The competing technologies in the marketplace are differentiated by the way layers are built to create parts. Some melt or soften material to produce layers, while others lay liquid material thermosets that are cured. In the case of lamination systems, thin layers are cut to shape and then joined together.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.
ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY
INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE
Key External Drivers
Industry Life Cycle
PRODUCTS & MARKETS
Products & Services
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Technology & Systems
Regulation & Policy
JARGON & GLOSSARY
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