• World rank:7
  • Index score:101.8

In the market

  • Awareness The percentage of respondents who are aware of either the term ‘3D printing’ or ‘additive manufacturing’ 51%
  • Adoption The percentage of respondents who have adopted 3D printer technology in their business 30%

Among users


Key Applications

  • 91% Prototyping
  • 82% Production tools
  • 56% End-use parts

Key materials

  • 95% Plastic/polymers
  • 28% Carbon fiber
  • 20% 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


AMexico’s large market benefits from manufacturing relationship with US

Mexico is a fairly well-developed market. It has been estimated that there are 113,000 printers in use in Mexico in 2019 – that’s more than Japan. However, it has a significant number of businesses that could potentially use 3D printing that are currently unaware of it (nearly half, making the overall level of awareness mediocre compared to other countries). Just under one in three have adopted 3D printing – in line with the global average. Only a very small number currently feel they are at an advanced stage in their use of 3D printing.

US outsourcing to Mexican factories can help to act as a spur for adoption as US customers and parent companies seek to promote more efficient manufacturing practices in their Mexican partners. Some local commentators predict significant growth in 3D printing driven by the role played by many Mexican companies in automotive, aerospace, medical parts, and other industries. 1

The market in Mexico may be set for significant future growth and many Mexican respondents could see the benefits the technology could bring. However, there remains a significant market education job still to be done (37% acknowledge there are issues with knowledge levels among their colleagues that may hamper faster adoption) and while nearly one third possess some kind of 3D printing only 2% feel the technology is as yet fully embedded (which is lower than the global average).


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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