• World rank:4
  • Index score:119.2

In the market

  • Awareness The percentage of respondents who are aware of either the term ‘3D printing’ or ‘additive manufacturing’ 70%
  • Adoption The percentage of respondents who have adopted 3D printer technology in their business 42%

Among users


Key Applications

  • 76% Prototyping
  • 65% End-use tools
  • 48% End use parts

Key materials

  • 87% Plastic/polymers
  • 25% Carbon fiber
  • 26% Composites

Perceived benefits
of 3D printing

  • 3D printing will have a significant positive impact on the business next year

  • 3D printing can offer extensive benefits in bringing new concepts and design ideas to life

  • 3D printing offers a much more effective way of making tools, jigs, and fixtures than traditional methods

  • 3D printing is the most efficient way to
    produce small batches of products and components


A sizeable market with strong adoption and knowledge levels

France has a reasonably sized installed base of printers and, along with Germany and the UK, is one of the larger European markets.

Adoption rates are in line with global averages and are on the whole towards the upper end of these averages.

The French market contains a fairly significant number of people who characterise their knowledge as expert or advanced and this confidence is reflected in a fairly optimistic/positive view of the future potential of 3D printing.

Ranked 4th in the 3D Printing Sentiment Index in 2019, the country’s optimistic outlook for the technology looks set to maintain its position in future.


Why does 3D printing sentiment matter?

Sentiments are the start of a domino effect. Positive sentiments lead to positive behavior and investments, resulting in a future of significant and sustainable market growth.

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