Educational Technology

October 29, 2016

3D Printer Shipments to Double This Year

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Global sales of 3D printers will more than double from last year to this one, growing 108 percent from 219,168 shipments to 455,772, according to a new report from Gartner. 3D printing is experiencing widespread acceptance beyond specialist industries and is being used for prototyping, to augment manufacturing and to produce finished products. “Industries in a broad range employ 3D printing to a modest extent,” according to Gartner, and the company predicts wider and more diverse use as new providers and processes emerge. The 3D printing market comprises seven technologies, with material extrusion predicted to lead the market through the end of the forecast period in 2020. Stereolithography printers will also grow at a fast pace according to Gartner. Education will account a significant portion of that growth, at least for lower-cost units.

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