But the other side of the 3D printing story is that it is not yet clear what 3D personal printing is good for and many suppliers of these machines are small companies with limited resources.
With all this in mind this new report from SmarTech provides the first thorough market analysis of the personal 3D printer space. It offers an in-depth discussion of applications where we believe personal 3D printers can generate new business revenues and includes a ten-year (volume and value) forecasts of personal 3D printers with breakouts by application. Also included in this report are 10-year projections of software, 3D scanners and services used in the personal 3D printer sector.
The report also provides SmarTech's assessment of the market shares of all the leading suppliers of personal 3D printers, along with a discussion of the strategies of the key firms influencing this market. Likely long-term financing trends for the 3D personal printing sector are also discussed.
This report will be invaluable to product marketing and business development executives in the 3D printing sector, as well as the investment community.
1.1 Revenue Generation for Personal 3D Printing Firms: The Next Five Years
1.2 Long-Term Opportunities for Personal 3D Printing Firms
1.3 Evolution of Printing Services for Personal 3D Printing
1.4 Opportunities for Software Companies in the Personal 3D Printing Space
1.5 Ten Companies to Watch in the Personal 3D Printing Sector
1.5.2 3D Systems
1.5.3 Beijing Tiertime
1.6 Summary of Ten-Year Forecasts of Personal 3D Printing Markets
Chapter Two: Emerging Markets for 3D Personal Printing
2.2 Hype and Reality in Personal 3D Printing
2.1 Current and Future Hobbyist Markets
2.1.1 Factors Driving and Shaping the Hobbyist Market
2.1.2 Likely 3D Price Trends for Personal 3D Printing
2.1.3 10-Year Forecast of Personal 3D Printer Shipments: Hobbyists
2.2 Small Scale Manufacturing and Home Businesses
2.2.1 Which Small Businesses Will Use Personal 3D Printers: A Roadmap
2.2.2 Use of Personal 3D Printers in Developing Countries
2.2.2 Likely Price Trends
2.2.3 10-Year Forecast of Personal 3D Printer Shipments: Small Business
2.3 Educational Markets
2.3.1 Use of Personal 3D Printers by K-12 and Secondary Education
2.3.2 3D Personal Printers in Universities and Colleges
2.3.3 10-Year Forecast of Personal 3D Printer Shipments: Education
2.4 Medical and Dental Markets for 3D Personal Printers
2.4.1 Possible Uses of 3D Printers in Medicine and Dentistry
2.4.2 10-Year Forecast of Personal 3D Printer Shipments: Medical and Dental
2.5 Personal 3D Printing: Derivative Markets
2.5.1 10-Year Forecast of 3D Scanners for the 3D Personal Printing Sector
2.5.2 10-Year Forecast of Software Expenditures by 3D Personal Printing
2.5.3 10-Year Forecast of Service Revenue Generated by 3D Personal Printing
2.6 Major Barriers to Adoption for 3D Printing
2.7 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Three: Product and Technology Evolution for Personal 3D Printers
3.1 Printing Technology for Personal 3D Printers: Current Use and Future Trends
3.1.1 Are Personal 3D Printers Ready for Prime Time?
3.2 Major Suppliers of Personal 3D Printers
3.2.1 Market Shares
3.2.2 Key Strategies Employed by Personal 3D Printer Firms
3.2.3 Financing Trends: VCs, Strategic Investments and Crowdsourcing
3.3 3D Printing Service Bureau Strategies for Personal 3D Printing
3.3.1 Entry of large firms into the 3D Service Bureau Business
3.4 Current and Future Personal 3D Printing Software Products
3.4.1 Design and Modeling Software
3.4.2 Solid Modeling CAD
3.4.3 3D Computer Graphics
3.4.4 Scanning Software
3.5 Supply Chain/Marketing Channel Evolution for the Personal 3D Printing Industry
3.6 The Future of Open Source in 3D Printing
3.7 Key Points Made in this Section
About the Author
From the report:
There may be as many as 40 companies supplying personal 3D printers at the present time, but the author says that three-fourths of the revenue will come from just three companies: MakerBot (soon to be part of Stratasys), 3D Systems and Beijing Tiertime. More than 90 percent of revenues from the 3D personal printer segment will come from the “3D Personal Printing Top Ten,” which also includes Aleph Objects, Fabbster, Formlabs, German RepRap, Printrbot, Solidoodle and Ultimaking.
The author notes that personal 3D printing is gaining credibility as the result of support from major brands such as Amazon, Microsoft, Staples, Sainsbury’s, and UPS. Meanwhile, the report projects that a growing number of large firms will subsidize their engineering staff to buy personal 3D printers in order to enhance innovation in their companies.
The author also believes there is a major opportunity for 3D personal printing software. It notes that currently much of this opportunity is designed for members of the “Maker” movement and less for regular consumers and small businesses. Indeed, the author wonders aloud whether personal 3D printing could someday spawn a new Microsoft. Or could that firm actually be Microsoft? Software for personal 3D printing will reach $310 million by 2018.
Nonetheless, the author expresses concern that lower end printers – those costing just a few hundred dollars – may disappoint buyers and this could act as a retarding influence on the personal 3D printing market.