3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing (AM) can be characterised as hardware devices the purpose of which is to instantiate physical objects through the gradual accretion of matter. The matter that is accreted ranges from plastic or polymer in low-end devices, through to metals and ceramics in high performance devices. There are three key contexts in which AM can be deployed, including the design of objects, the manufacture of objects, and the field support of various assets.
In this Forecast Insight Report we discuss our forecasts of devices that support AM in an enterprise context. The focus is on quantitative analysis, examining numbers of AM devices across verticals and geographies, and in different contexts. For further discussion of the market for AM propositions, including analysis of key market trends, see the Additive Manufacturing Technology Insight Report.