Most Used 3D Printing Technologies

Most Used 3D Printing Technologies

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Fused deposition modeling, selective laser sintering, and stereolithography most commonly used 3D printing technologies by Sculpteo survey respondents

Most Used 3D Printing Technologies

2017 (percentage of global respondents)

Note: Data based on Sculpteo’s 2017 State of Printing report that surveyed nearly 1,000 respondents from additive manufacturing industry in 62 countries

Proof Point Findings

  • 3D Printing – Process of creating physical objects from computer-generated three-dimensional models
  • Heat Extrusion Method – Fused deposition modeling, which applies heat to deposit material layer by layer, top used 3D printing technology, selected by 36% of professionals in Sculpteo survey
  • Laser Technologies – Other 3D printing technologies commonly used involve application of laser, such as selective laser sintering (33%) and stereolithography (25%)
  • Metal or Powder-Based Printing – Adoption rates lower for metal 3D printing techniques, including direct metal laser sintering (8%) and selective laser melting (4%), as well as powder-based methods, such as binder jetting (4%) and fusion jet (2%)
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing awareness of 3D printing benefits (e.g. customization, convenience, and efficiency improvements), rapidly-advancing 3D printing technologies, discovery of new filaments, decreasing device and material costs, and improving 3D printing expertise



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Date Last Updated

November 15, 2017

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