3D Printing Timeline

3D Printing Timeline

Proof Point

3D printer cost drastically dropped from $300,000 in 1987 to $49 in 2016 as open source models became increasingly available

3D Printing Timeline

1987 – 2016

Proof Point Findings

  • SLA-1 3D Printer – First commercial 3D printer introduced in 1987 by 3D Systems for $300,000
  • Low-Cost Variants – Open-source innovation driving emergence of low-cost 3D printers, enable for increased commercial and consumer adoption, with lowest-priced available models starting at $49
  • Other Key Drivers – Include intensifying competition, proliferation of consumer variants, increasing number of compatible materials or filaments, and growing number of potential applications



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Date Last Updated

January 11, 2018

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