3D printer sales are set to more than double worldwide by end of year, as 3D printing becomes widely adopted as an easy and efficient design tool for enterprise applications.
According to a report by analyst firm Gartner, sales of 3D printers are expected to total almost 456,000 units in 2016. This represents more than twice the number of 3D printers sold in 2015.
The sales growth is expected to continue. While sales will no longer boom indefinitely like they have during the past couple of years, Gartner expects 3D printer sales to total more than 6.7 million by 2020.
"3D printing has rapidly evolved from a niche market to a broad-based mainstream technology that addresses the needs of consumers as well as enterprises," Pete Basiliere, a Gartner research vice president, said.
The main drivers for consumer 3D printers that retail for $2,500 or less are educational institutions and engineering, marketing, and creative departments.