3D Printing Is A Billion Dollar Industry [Infographic]

    August 13, 2012
    Zach Walton
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It’s a statement that I’ve said many times, but it still bears repeating – 3D printers are amazing. People are using 3D printers to innovate in just about every field imaginable. The technology could one day be used to save your life with an artificially created kidney, or it could just be a way to provide your child with the care they need.

Those are just some examples of what 3D printing can do, but how exactly is the market for 3D printing going to evolve over the years? A lovely infographic from the fine folks at HighTable shows that the 3D printing industry is worth $1.3 billion at this very moment. It’s expected to grow to $.52 billion by 2020. That’s a 300 percent growth.

It also points out that 3D printing companies are already going public. Their share prices are actually doing quite well with Stratasys having the highest publicly traded amount of $66. As 3D printing becomes more mainstream, we can expect more companies to emerge and go public.

As we move further into the future, it will be exciting to see how 3D printing develops. Some people even believe that 3D printers can usher in the existence of a post-scarcity economy. It’s too early to tell at the moment, but people can dream, right?

3D Printing Is A Billion Dollar Industry

  • Jim Donovan

    It would be nice if we had some un-biased investment advisory service evaluate the companies in the market at the present time so that investors could invest wisely.

  • http://www.directconnectgroup.com/ Digital Printing USA

    Great article. Looking forward for more information on this rapidly growing industry.
    3D printing will soon come to the masses at prices they can afford and will undoubtedly unleash a whole new wave of innovation.
    And when that happens creativity will have the potential to increase exponentially.
    There will be no more spending thousands of dollars to have a specialty firm make a mold before you can even build the prototype.
    Lastly, I would say 3D printing is going to have a huge impact on the global economy.