These and many other fascinating insights are from Sculpteo’s 4th edition of their popular study, The State of 3D Printing. Prototyping, production and Proof of Concept models are the three most popular 3D printing applications in 2018 with R&D departments being the most active adopters. Adoption of 3D Printing in production environments is soaring, increasing 21% between 2017 and 2018. The following graphic compares adoption rate of 3D printing applications and 3d printing users by. Accelerating product development is the highest priority companies are relying on 3D printing for, jumping from 29% in 2017 to 39% in 2018. Offering customized products and services is also increasing as manufacturers rely on 3D printing to streamline and grow their mass customization and build-to-order product strategies. 38% of companies spent between $1K to $10K on 3D printing last year and those spending over $100K increased 3X, jumping from 4% in 2017 to 12% in 2018.

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