Who are the Most Prominent 3D Printing Market Leaders?

24 July 2020

The global 3D printing market is projected to reach approximately $29 billion, growing at a CAGR of over 18% during 2019-2025. This growth trajectory will create lucrative opportunities for the 3D printing market leaders operating in the market.

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In 2018, VC funding exceeded $300 million in start-ups related to 3D printing. The US, UK, Germany, France and China are the top 5 countries with the highest 3D printing adoption and investment rates.

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3D printing solutions are most commonly used for prototyping followed by repair, research and development and production parts. The use of 3D painting technology solutions across industry-wide businesses continue to pursue emerging technology use cases. Competition is increasingly enhanced by consolidating companies with complementary products and technologies, as well as the possibility that competitors in one vertical segment may enter other vertical segments that they serve. Furthermore, emerging markets such as China, India, the UAE, Brazil, and South Africa are attracting huge investments opening up lucrative possibilities for vendors operating in the market.

The prominent 3D printing market leaders are:

3D Systems

3D Systems has facilities in Israel, US, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Its competitors are suppliers of 3D printer, materials, software & healthcare solutions as well as suppliers of conventional manufacturing solutions for customers as well as channel partners. The company got 1000 patents issued in the last decade which provides it a competitive advantage.

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ARC Group

ARC provides one-stop shop solution to its customers by offering a spectrum of highly advanced products, processes, and services, thereby delivering highly engineered precision components at efficient production yields. The company has an established customer base, diverse metallurgy background, and scalable injection molding capabilities which helps in its positioning in the industrial metal 3D printing industry.


EOS offers systems and solutions which include modular solutions for 3D printing from polymer materials such as part property management, systems and equipment, materials, software, material management, and technical and consulting services. The company has strong R&D capabilities to develop and introduce innovative products in the industry.


HP competes on the basis of technology, innovation, performance, price, quality, reliability, brand, reputation, distribution, range of products and services, ease of use of our products, account relationships, customer training, service and support, security, availability of application software and internet infrastructure offerings, and our sustainability performance. The company focuses on developing products and sales models that target developing countries.


Materialise is among the global 3D printing market leaders. The company offers products that cater to a wide range of industries such as healthcare automotive, aerospace consumer products, and art and design among others. The company is focusing to seek potential M&A or partnership opportunities along payment value chain to enhance technological expertise or market share.

Proto Labs

Proto Labs entered the 3D printing services market in 2014 by acquiring FineLine Prototyping, a US-based additive manufacturing services provider. In 2015, the company, further expanded its 3D printing capabilities and strengthen its foothold in Europe by acquiring Alphaform, a Germany-based 3D printing leading service bureau. The processes offered by the company are stereolithography, selective laser sintering (SLS), direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).


Stratasys competes with a wide variety of producers of systems that create models, prototypes, other 3D objects and end-use parts as well as producers of materials and services for these systems, including both additive and subtractive manufacturing methodologies, such as metal extrusion, computer-controlled machining and manual modelling techniques.

SLM Solutions

SLM Solutions provides products for various industries such as aerospace and defense, tool construction, mechanical engineering, and automotive, and also serves sectors such as medical technology and energy through a wide distribution network. The company focuses on research and development (R&D) to secure and extend the technology leadership it claims in the metal-based 3D printing area.


EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D printing solutions. Headquartered Michigan, US, the company invents, develops, manufactures, and sells 3D printers and proprietary materials worldwide. The company’s intellectual property includes more than 100 pending and granted patents and 70 proprietary materials.

GE Additive

GE Additive is engaged in supplying 3D printers, 3D printing materials, and engineering consulting services in the additive manufacturing domain. The company has been aggressively expanding its core focus on additive manufacturing and has acquired related companies in this field. The company is mainly focused on producing 3D printed parts and components for aerospace industry. In June 2017, the company announced to produce the world’s largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine named ATLAS.


XYZprinting is the world’s largest 3D printer manufacturer, covering more than a fifth of the global market. The company has offices across Europe, the US, Japan, Thailand, China, South Korea and Taiwan, with more on the way. The company has an employee strength of around 8500 which gives it a benefit over other small companies with a smaller employee base.

Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal provides solutions for every stage of the manufacturing process from prototyping and pilot runs to mass production and aftermarket parts. The company is reinventing the way engineering teams produce metal and composite parts across a wide range of applications and industries. The company has been awarded two seminal Separable Support patents for its metal 3D printing technology.

Other vendors operating in the market include 3D Hubs, Aleph Objects, Carbon, Cookson Precious Metals (Cooksongold), ExOne, Kraftwurx, Autodesk, Voxeljet, New Kinpo Group, Beijing Tiertime Technology, Formlabs, Groupe Gorgé, Ultimaker, Höganäs, Koninklijke DSM, M3D, Makexyz, Markforged, Mcor Industries, Monoprice, Optomec, Ponoko, Renishaw, Nano Dimension, Organovo, Prototype Projects, SGD, Simplify3D, Sculpteo, Shapeways, Denford, Ricoh Company, Trinckle, BigRep, ReaLizer, and Taulman3D.

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