Sculpteo presents their Industry Report “State of 3D Printing”

Read the introduction by Clément Moreau, CEO & Founder of Sculpteo. The results herein come from a quantitative study of users of 3D printing who were surveyed in regards to their practice, perceived challenges, and priorities for the year 2015 and beyond.

More than 1,100 people responded to our survey, making it the largest statistical study ever conducted on the state of our industry. Across all continents, from  every business sector, we gathered details on people’s daily work and listened to their feedback, which was always useful, almost always positive, and for many respondents, 3D printing was more than just a hobby—it was a passion! I would like to thank each and every one of them for their time and I invite you to participate in our survey at if you would like to see how you stack up against the rest of the community.

Of course we are aware of the shortcomings and drawbacks present in this first report, and for example we’re not under any illusions that it compares to the annual Wohlers Report, which is indispensable for people in our industry. However whereas the Wohlers Report collects expert data we have opened up a direct line to the crowd of users themselves.  We will leave it up to the specialists among you to study the differences between the two.
We designed the study and the final report to be practical: we want to make sure that fledgling 3D printing entrepreneurs are asking the right questions and show them what best practice looks like in their industry. What changes can they implement to their business to help them catch up. What can they do to become leaders in their field? Various 3D printing ‘power users’ (regardless of whether they happen to be Sculpteo clients) have shared their best practices in this report. We hope you have asmuch fun reading it as we did putting it together.
The report has 4 main components:

  • Trends for 2015 have been gathered from every respondent and comprise the majority of the study
  • The geographical insights section compares and contrasts the habits of users on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Executing a 3D printing strategy takes a detailed, practical look at the habits of ‘power users’
  • The sectorial insights allows you to compare yourself to others within your industry

According to our panel, 2015 will be a year of growth for 3D printing. Don’t get left behind—3D printing is a key tool for innovation and production!

You can read the entire Sculpteo “State of 3D Printing” industry report here. The report was expertly written by Allison Simonot, Arthur Cassaignau, and Marine Coré-Baillais and it is quite friendly and easy to understand. It should be worth a look to anyone interesting in 3D printing, not just businesses using the technology or looking to invest in it.

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