INDIA

  • 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

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Key Applications

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

    62%
  • 3D printing can offer extensive benefits to bring new concepts and design ideas to life

    84%
  • 3D printing offers a much more effective way of making tools, jigs, and fixtures than traditional methods

    81%
  • 3D printing is the most efficient way to
    produce small batches of products and components

    80%

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.

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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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