First, over the past 25 years, the compound annual growth rate of the 3D printing industry was 25.4 percent. Over the past three years — during the ascent of 3D printing excitement — the growth rate was 27.4 percent. All that talk, all those magazine profiles, all those segments on television, and you get…. (drumroll please)… a slightly faster growing 3D printing market than from when few people had ever heard of 3D printing.
Not surprising. Most people don’t want to prototype designs and it’s hard to beat the economies of scale if you only need to buy a few trinkets occasionally.