Impressive Growth of 3D Additive Printer Sales

by Jason King on October 20, 2013

I’m sure most people will agree that the growth of 3D printing in the last few years has been quite impressive.

We’ve been doing a little research today into various indicators which demonstrate the growth rate of additive printing worldwide.

These include the following:

  • Very recent figures released by Gartner regarding enterprise and consumer spending
  • Google searches made over the past 10 years with worldwide regional activity
  • 3D Systems (DDD) stock price growth over the past 3 years

All of these indicators show consistent growth but there are some interesting points made by Gartner in their recent press release that we can see demonstrated in this data.

Spending on 3D Printers

In Gartners Recent (Oct 2nd 2013) Press Release they revealed that spending on 3D printers worldwide is set to grow by 49% in 2013. Here’s an infographic we produced which represents the data Gartner published:

Additive Printer Spending Growth

Google 3D Printing Related Searches

The following information is taken from Google Trends for “3D Printing” and shows the growth of related searches ove the past 10 years.

Interestingly in Gartners press release they quoted the following:

“The 3D printer market has reached its inflection point.”

We can see this in the following relative search data where searches peaked in May 2013 but have since dropped slightly:

3D Printing Search Growth

For completeness, here’s the relative regional searches. What suprises me here is that Australia is top. I would have expected the US to be top as the vast majority of visitors to our website are from the US, with the UK being second:

3D Printing Regional Searches

3D Systems Corp. (DDD) Stock Price

There are a number of additive printing related stocks which are available to buy, 3D Systems (DDD), Stratasys (SSYS) and Organovo (ONVO) being some of the most popular.

Here’s a graph taken from Yahoo Finance demonstrating the stock price growth of 3D Systems Corp.

Note: we are in no way implying that future growth will be anything like past growth. As with any stock price it could drop considerably so you should seek financial advice before purchasing any stock. We’re including it just as a demonstration of past growth:

3D Systems Corp Stock Price Growth

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