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3D Printing Trend Report 2024

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Discover the Cutting-Edge Trends Shaping the 3D Printing Industry

Are you ready to explore the latest innovations and market trends in the world of 3D printing? Our comprehensive 2024 3D Printing Trend Report is here to provide you with invaluable insights into the rapidly evolving landscape of additive manufacturing. Through key market data and a survey of more than 700 members of the global engineering community, Protolabs’ annual report depicts a healthy level of confidence in the 3D printing market, driving more potential for production-level manufacturing as the technology’s uses expand beyond prototyping.

Key Highlights

  • The 3D printing market is growing 10.5% faster than predicted
  • 2024 market size estimated at $28.1 billion
  • Market to reach $57.1 billion by the end of 2028
  • 70% of businesses printed more parts in 2023 than in 2022
  • 77% reported the medical sector has the most potential for impact

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Get design feedback from our experienced engineering team that has helped thousands of customers bring their products to market with quality 3D printed parts. We will also work with you to determine optimal part orientation based on your application's requirements.

Wide Material Selection

Across our five 3D printing technologies, we use a range of commercial-grade thermoset resins, and thermoplastic and metal powders to 3D print parts that are suitable for various part applications and industries. 

Precision & Repeatablity

Our industry-leading tolerances and surface finish quality stems from a dedicated process engineering and quality team for each 3D printing technology. We also offer a proprietary material called Microfine™, which can build features as small as 0.07mm.

Unmatched Scale

Our facility is home to more than 120 3D printing machines that produce metal and plastic parts. This means we'll always have capacity when you need parts fast.

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Why Download the Report?

In-Depth Analysis: Dive deep into the data and understand the factors driving the 26.8% annual growth rate in the 3D printing market.
Expert Insights: Learn from industry leaders and experts who share their perspectives on the future of 3D printing, from AI integration to new material developments.

Market Predictions: Get ahead of the curve with our forecasts on the market's growth, which is expected to reach $88.3 billion by 2030.


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