• World rank:3
  • Index score:121.9

In the market

  • Awareness The percentage of respondents who are aware of either the term ‘3D printing’ or ‘additive manufacturing’ 72%
  • Adoption The percentage of respondents who have adopted 3D printer technology in their business 33%

Among users


Key Applications

  • 69% Prototyping
  • 71% Production tools
  • 35% End-use parts

Key materials

  • 77% Plastic/polymers
  • 25% Carbon fiber
  • 16% 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 to bring 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


German economy drives Europe’s most significant 3D printing growth prospect

Germany has the third largest installed base of 3D printers globally, behind the US and the UK. Of course, Germany also represents one of the larger economies in our survey. The actual level of adoption in Germany is in line with the global average (around one in three have adopted the technology, but fewer than one in ten believe the technology is fully embedded in their business).

The proportion of people claiming expert or advanced knowledge is reasonably strong at 15% but not significantly different from the global average. That said the sheer size of the German economy would make its future potential the most significant in Europe over the longer term. One in three Germans believe the technology will have a positive impact on their own business next year and its benefits are acknowledged by around three quarters.

Printing with carbon fiber is a little less prevalent that elsewhere and Germany recorded one of the higher levels of interest in printing in metal (albeit not quite statistically significant). Printing end-use parts in Germany tracks lower than the global average, although they have adopted prototyping and production tools related applications as enthusiastically as most other countries.

As with other countries, Germans see the primary challenges as knowledge and skills related. 42% worry they lack the skillset to get the best out of the technology.


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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