• World rank:8
  • Index score:96.5

In the market

  • Awareness The percentage of respondents who are aware of either the term ‘3D printing’ or ‘additive manufacturing’ 82%
  • Adoption The percentage of respondents who have adopted 3D printer technology in their business 37%

Among users


Key Applications

  • 74% Prototyping
  • 58% Production tools
  • 42% End-use parts

Key materials

  • 74% Plastic/polymers
  • 42% Carbon fiber
  • 58% 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


Swiss market small, but moderately advanced in its use of 3D printing

Switzerland is a small market. Being the smallest country in population terms covered in our survey, this is not surprising.

Awareness of 3D printing is fairly high but overall adoption levels are nevertheless in line with global averages.

Knowledge levels (considering overall awareness levels) are on the low side and the variety of materials used is lower than elsewhere (being more restricted purely to plastics and polymers). Applications 3D printing is used for are fairly typical however.

When considering its longer-term potential, this needs to be viewed in the context of a country with a population only around 10% the size of Germany.


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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