Report: 3D printing market hits $3.3 billion worldwide

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Nearly 133,000 3D printers were shipped globally in 2014, says research firm Canalys.

If you thought 3D printing was merely a fad, you thought wrong. According to a new report from Canalys, the market will continue to build upon its momentum from last year where 133,000 printers were shipped — a 68% jump from 2013. This resulted in $3.3 billion in revenue generated by printer sales and their associated materials.

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“We’ve seen the 3D printing industry go from strength to strength in 2014,” explained Canalys analyst Joe Kempton. “As we expected, the holiday season saw the most significant growth, particularly in the consumer segment, with many users buying their first 3D printer.”

The growth is being contributed to a combination of lower prices, a diverse range of technologies and improved printing speeds. Beyond that, the ability to accelerate product creation via crowdfunding platforms has also spurred more demand for 3D printers.

“Low-priced consumer and prosumer 3D printing has made leaps in terms of…

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