Trends in 3D Printing at Scale


CATEGORY: 3D Services BRAND: Essentium

This study highlights the current state of 3D printing in production for manufacturing companies to capture data on current experiences, challenges, and trends, as well as understand any changes from prior years.


Participants were asked a wide range of topics related to the present and future use of industrial 3D printing and their opinions on outcomes.


The following report, sponsored by Essentium, is based on an online survey of 161 managers and executives working at manufacturing companies with responsibility for 3D printing at scale. Certain questions were repeated from similar 2018, 2019, and 2020 studies to enable trend analysis.


Key Findings

3D printing for production continues to accelerate

• 86% report more than doubling 3D printing of production parts in the past year

• 57% have completed a 3D printing production run of more than 10,000 parts

• Improved part performance and design freedom are ranked as the leading business drivers for growth in 3D printing at scale


There are tremendous future possibilities for 3D printing at scale

• 96% agree the industry could save billions of dollars in production costs — the highest level of agreement in the four years this question has been asked

• 97% believe that 3D printing enables designers to be more creative

• 77% say 3D printing will be “very” important to sustainability initiatives


Persistent innovation is needed to realize the full potential of 3D printing at scale

• 86% report they still face obstacles with 3D printing for large-scale production

• Platforms and software are the primary desired areas of innovation

• 74% say it is “very” important that their 3D printing vendors are part of an open ecosystem



About Essentium

Essentium, Inc. provides industrial 3D printing solutions that are disrupting traditional manufacturing processes by bringing product strength and production speed together, at scale, with a no- compromise engineering material set. Essentium manufactures and delivers innovative industrial 3D printers, materials, software, and services, enabling the world’s top manufacturers to bridge the gap between 3D printing and machining and embrace the future of advanced manufacturing. Essentium is AS9100D certified and ITAR registered.


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