Top 3D Printing Adoption Barriers

Top 3D Printing Adoption Barriers

Proof Point

High system cost, lack of expertise, and higher cost of materials and services top reasons hindering 3D printing adoption, according to EY survey

Top 3D Printing Adoption Barriers

2016 (percentage of respondents)

Note: Data based on Ernst & Young’s 2016 3D Printing Global Survey covering 900 companies from 12 countries and nine industries

Proof Point Findings

  • 3D Printing – Use of additive techniques to create physical objects from digital models
  • High Cost – 40% of respondents identified high cost of systems as top barrier to 3D printing adoption, with another 20% saying expensive materials and services also a factor
  • Technology Limitations – Respondents also highlighted limitations of current technology, including product quality (15%), size of printed products (12%), materials or multi-materials used (10%), and number of parts and speed of production (9%)
  • Lack of Skilled Personnel – Lack of expertise (28%) another factor keeping companies from implementing 3D systems
  • Key Drivers – Include increasing awareness of 3D printing benefits (e.g. customization, convenience, and efficiency improvements), rapidly-advancing 3D printing technologies, discovery of new compatible materials or inks, lower device and material cost, and improving 3D printing applications expertise





Date Last Updated

August 18, 2017

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