• World rank:9
  • Index score:94

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 40%

Among users


Key Applications

  • 80% Prototyping
  • 76% Production tools
  • 48% End-use parts

Key materials

  • 82% Plastic/polymers
  • 21% Carbon fiber
  • 25% 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


A smaller than average market for Europe, keeping pace with global adoption averages

Ranked 9th on the 3D Printing Sentiment Index currently, Italy’s adoption rates are in line with the global average (as is awareness of 3D printing technology).

Knowledge levels relating to 3D printing technology appear typical of the general global picture and Italians acknowledge the similar positives and negatives to other countries.

In terms of sentiment, Italy is quite positive about the future potential of the technology and, economic constraints not withstanding, is keen to make greater use of the technology in the 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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