Methodology of the 3D Printing Report
The personal interviews were conducted directly by AMPOWER staff. The respondents were typically the respective 3D Printing managers or directors with insight into the technological as well as economical company figures. The total number of data points of the AMPOWER 3D Printing Report data acquisition exceeds 23,600. Additional historical data and qualitative information was used to describe the 3D Printing Market most accurately.
The system suppliers that contributed with direct input to the 3D Printing Report represent more than 90 % of the worldwide installed base of metal and polymer 3D Printing systems. Secondary sources such as indirect data sources, press releases, financial reports, etc. were used to provide coverage of the remaining installed 3D Printing machine base. The machine buyers, or users, that contributed direct input for the report represent 10 % and 4 % of the worldwide installed base of metal and polymer 3D Printing systems, respectively.
More than half of all respondents of the supply chain are associated to companies with revenues below EUR 10 million. Many of the supplier group companies are startups and therefore small and micro in terms of revenue. The market valuation of some of these entities might far exceed the perceived company category, however, since they have not yet introduced their products into the market or are still in the growth phase with high costs, the revenue is still low.
The largest share of buyer or user respondents of the AMPOWER 3D Printing Report are very large companies with a revenue of above EUR 1 billion. 3D Printing is still mainly a B2B market, where hardly any components are sold directly to a private customer. Many large companies use AM to produce components for larger machines, systems or products, that provide a functional and ultimately cost benefit.
The share of large companies also well reflects the capital-intensive 3D Printing technology. A full process chains is required for successful in-house production, which not only includes the printer system, but also design and simulation capabilities, periphery for post processing and finishing as well as engineering capacity.
The polymer 3D Printing supplier landscape is strongly divided into a B2B and B2C market. Today many part manufacturing suppliers have established separate entities or organizational structures to provide their services and product to industrial customers as well as private customers. The AMPOWER 3D Printing Report 2022 only covers the industrial 3D Printing activities neglecting system sales below EUR 10,000 and material clearly targeted at private consumers.