• World rank:12
  • Index score:68.1

In the market

  • Awareness The percentage of respondents who are aware of either the term ‘3D printing’ or ‘additive manufacturing’ 30%
  • Adoption The percentage of respondents who have adopted 3D printer technology in their business 18%

Among users


Key Applications

  • 84% Prototyping
  • 84% Production tools
  • 62% End-use parts

Key materials

  • 90% 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 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


Currently lagging behind but with substantial future potential

Awareness of 3D printing is low in India. Many companies have simply never heard of the technology. Adoption is, consequently, limited to a minority (18%).

As a result, knowledge levels are also low in India overall – but among those who are already aware of 3D printing technology, the level is fairly high.

India is, in many ways, a market of ‘haves and have nots’ – a small minority of businesses are fairly advanced in their use of 3D printing but beyond this well-educated core the technology has only been adopted to a limited degree.

Those who have the technology are printing in plastics and polymers to a significant degree (their use of other materials is generally in line with the global averages). They are also more likely to be printing production tools and even end-use parts. However, these advanced behaviors have yet to spread beyond the core of more advanced users to wider Indian industry.


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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