3D Printing Service Bureaus Market

Global Market Study on 3D Printing Service Bureaus: Market Expected to Surge 8X Over Next Ten Years

3D Printing Service Bureaus Market Segmented By Plastic 3D Printing Services, Metal 3D Printing Services, Resin 3D Printing Services in Fused Deposition Modeling, Direct Metal Laser Sintering, Laser Sintering, Multi Jet Fusion, Binder Jetting, Stereolithography Technology

Market Snapshot

The 3D printing service bureaus market was valued at around US$ 5.5 Bn in 2020, and is set to surge over the next ten years. Latest forecasts by Persistence Market Research predict an impressive 23% CAGR for the market, with its value bloating approx 8X over the next ten years.

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  • Stratasys Direct, Inc.
  • Sculpteo
  • Shapeways, Inc.
  • Materialise NV
  • Vexma Technologies
  • Fisher Unitech
  • Laser Lines
  • 3D Matters
  • Makelab

Report Also Addresses:

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2016-2031)
  • Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand Share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on 3D Printing Service Bureaus and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

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Sales of 3D Printing Service Bureaus from 2016 to 2020 Vs Market Projections for 2021 to 2031

Historically, from 2016 to 2020, demand for 3D printing services increased at around 20.7% CAGR, wherein, developed countries such as the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the U.K. held significant share in the global market.

The advent of 3D printing services is changing the scenario across different industry verticals, including manufacturing, consumer goods, industrial goods, construction, aerospace, automotive, and medical, among others.

3D printing design services are expected to take the guess work out of designing processes of new products. This helps users have an actual view of how the end product will look like.

Overall, the global market is anticipated to expand at around 23% CAGR from 2021 to 2031.

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What are the Key Opportunities for 3D Printing Service Bureaus?

With the advent of 3D printing technology, there has been drastic change in the ways products are designed, manufactured, developed, and distributed.

3D printing is capable of revolutionizing ever industry vertical with its services, right from printing prosthetic limbs and organs, to education, space stations, science, fashion, jewelry, manufacturing, etc.

3D printing happens to be a combination of hardware, software, and design services. Since 3D printing service bureaus are coming up with different design and manufacturing services, and the market is just opening up, there will be thousands of jobs created in the near future.

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What are the Challenges Faced by 3D Printing Service Bureaus?

3D printing, while exciting, is still a very niche market. There is a common consciousness regarding 3D printing services, but many applications of the technology are nowhere near as prevalent as they should have been. Conventional machining has been taught and standardized for decades, and a majority of engineers nowadays are still not aware how to design parts that are optimized for 3D printing processes. Applications such as rapid prototyping are particularly time-consuming and expensive in nature.

Owing to continuous advancements in 3D printing technologies, companies across the globe are facing difficulties in finding technical expertise. However, various companies are taking steps to cross-train their staff with 3D printing in order to overcome this challenge.

Which Region Offers the Largest Opportunity for Sales of 3D Printing Service Bureaus?

With an incremental opportunity of around US$ 10.3 Bn, East Asia is expected to be the most lucrative market for 3D printing service bureaus. China is leading the East Asian market, and is expected to witness a double-digit growth during 2021-2031.

China is the strongest force propelling demand for 3D printing in the East Asia region, besides Japan and South Korea. Growth of 3D printing in these countries is being boosted by huge government support. Government initiatives are nurturing 3D printing service providers while supporting technology standardization and investing in training the 3D printing workforce.

Local additive manufacturing start-ups such as Spare Parts 3D, Anatomics, and 3D Metal Forge are proving to be quite successful in finding new additive manufacturing applications and increasing technology penetration across all industry verticals. As such, Japan is in a decent position to increase the adoption of industrial 3D printing technologies to enhance performance and real-cost benefits.


Which Service is Expected to Drive Demand for 3D Printing Service Bureaus?

On the basis of service, the market for 3D printing service bureaus is bifurcated into plastic 3D printing services, metal 3D printing services, resin 3D printing services, and others.

The plastics 3D printing services segment held the largest share of over 44% in 2020. However, the metal 3D printing services segment is anticipated to expand at the highest CAGR of 31% over the forecast period.

Metal happens to be one of the most popular materials used for 3D printing processes, which is used through a process known as direct metal laser sintering or DMLS. Metals are capable of producing a stronger and more diverse array of everyday items. Moreover, the technology for metal-based 3D printing is also paving the way for machine manufacturers to use DMLS in order to produce at higher speeds and greater volumes.

Country-wise Analysis

Is Artificial Intelligence Driving Demand for 3D Printing Service Bureaus in the U.S.?

The market in the U.S. is anticipated to record a CAGR of over 21% from2021 to 2031. The 3D printing market in North America has been recording high deployments of 3D printers and services, especially in the U.S. With rising adoption of 3D printers and other sensors offering enhanced insights into the build process, end users are collecting huge volumes of manufacturing data.

Artificial intelligence is an incredibly powerful technology that has the ability to process huge volumes of data and create actionable insights in real time. Today, AI is being researched for future use in improving additive manufacturing.

High investments are being made to enhance research and innovate 3D printing techniques in the U.S. Manufacturers are entering into cross-industry partnerships and collaborations in order to successfully incorporate AI for data processing in the 3D printing arena.

What Makes Germany Hold the Largest Share of 3D Printing Service Bureaus in Europe?

In 2020, Germany accounted for over 21% share of the European market for3D printing service bureaus. The 3D printing industry in Western Europe, especially the United Kingdom and Germany, is highly susceptible to economic fluctuations, and 3D printing technology has primarily served as a prototyping technique in the region.

3D printing technology complements the manufacturing process of final products across a wide range of industry verticals. The technology has matured quite well in Western Europe, and does not represent high cost or a risk in this regional market.

End users are relying on 3D printing services with more trust in order to deliver secure manufacturing benefits and deliver customized product designs. Even more users are estimated to turn to 3D printing techniques in order to enhance their sales and market attractiveness.

Category-wise Insights

Why are Fused Deposition Modeling-based 3D Printing Services Most Popular?

Fused deposition modeling accounted for the largest share of the market, and is expanding at a CAGR of 21.5% during 2021-2031. Fused deposition modeling happens to be most commonly offered by service providers, followed by stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) technologies.

Fused deposition modeling is the most extensively adopted and user-friendly 3D printing technology. FDM printers make use of hardened feed material that is then fed into the printer and melted layer by layer to produce the final object.

FDM helps in building concept models, functional prototypes, and end-use parts in standard, engineering-grade, and high-performance thermoplastics. Owing to this, there has been a rise in demand for FDM-based 3D printing services.

Which Application of 3D Printing Service Bureaus Generates Most Revenue?

In 2020, prototypes application held the largest share of 3D printing service bureaus, accounting for a market value of close to US$ 2.6 Bn.

In the consumer goods industry, application of 3D printing is mostly focused on creating prototypes used in product design and development stages. Semiconductor and electronics manufacturers are procuring 3D printing technologies primarily to manufacture Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Other 3D printing applications in the electronics industry include 3D printed antenna for mobile devices, complex moulded interconnect devices, creation of heater patterns, and sensor structures.

Which Industry Vertical Holds Lucrative Avenues for 3D Printing Service Bureaus?

By industry vertical, healthcare and medical devices are projected to progress at the highest CAGR of more than 26% from 2021 to 2031.

In the healthcare industry, where mistakes can risk the life of a patient, the system of balances and checks is quite critical. The potential for 3D printing services in the healthcare industry is huge.

Healthcare providers are focused on adopting technologies that reduce errors, increase efficiency, and boost patient satisfaction. Implementation of 3D printing technologies in the healthcare sector can help attain efficient gains and innovations. This can be obtained via production of surgical models to streamline complex operations and manufacturing of accessible personalized prosthetics.

Moreover, increasing awareness of health and fitness is creating demand for a range of complex healthcare systems, which is further creating potential growth opportunities for 3D printing. Also, healthcare professionals, research organizations, and hospitals are using 3D printed models as reference tools for intraoperative visualization, preoperative planning, and sizing medical equipment for highly complex as well as routine procedures.

Why is Demand for 3D Printing Service Bureaus Witnessing a Rise During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 3D printing service bureaus providers to rapidly shift gears, while managing the extreme swings in demand and uncertain supply chains.

At the beginning of the pandemic, many countries were not prepared for the influx of COVID-19 patients. Many hospitals lacked adequate hospital beds and equipment to cope with the surging number of cases.

However, the 3D printing service industry has done a mighty job during the pandemic. The broad spectrum of 3D-printing applications in the fight against COVID-19 includes personal protective equipment (PPE), medical and testing devices, personal accessories, visualization aids and emergency dwellings among others. 3D printing is also being used to provide training and visualization aids for healthcare workers to cope with the limited pool of trained personnel.

Competitive Landscape

Persistence Market Research has profiled the following key 3D printing service bureaus providers in its report:

  • Stratasys Direct, Inc.
  • Sculpteo
  • Shapeways, Inc.
  • Materialise NV
  • Vexma Technologies
  • Fisher Unitech
  • Laser Lines
  • 3D Matters
  • Makelab
  • Graphite Additive Manufacturing
  • Forerunner 3D Printing
  • Varia 3D, Inc.
  • Industrial Plastic Fabrications Ltd.
  • GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services, LLC
  • ZiggZagg NV
  • Solidscape
  • FacFox, Inc.
  • HP Inc.
  • Shandong Sandi Shikong 3D Technology Co., Ltd.
  • HLH Prototypes Co. Ltd.
  • Duch Group
  • LK-Mould Ltd.

Majority of companies discussed in the report have focused on product launches and expanding their manufacturing units in developing regions. Strategies include innovation, collaborations with key players, partnerships, strategic alliances, and strengthening of regional and global distribution networks. Some of the key developments are:

  • For instance, in March 2021, Materialise, one of the leading companies offering medical 3D printing and planning solutions, added new technology to support left atrium appendage occlusion procedures to its cardiovascular planning software suite. The new addition is helping the company in leveraging the Mimics Enlight 3D planning technology for this procedure in order to improve efficiency and mitigate the risk factor.
  • In June 2020, Sculpteo entered into a partnership agreement with Coastal Genomics in order to automate the DNA purification process of the latter with the help of 3D printing solutions.
  • In October 2018, Sculpteo entered into a partnership agreement with Kupol, a Canada-based company focused on providing bike helmets, to launch the world’s first 3D-printed bike helmet imbedding a revolutionary safety system.

Similarly, recent developments related to companies manufacturing 3D printing service bureaus have been tracked by the team at Persistence Market Research, which are available in the full report.

Report Scope



Forecast Period


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Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • The Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • Turkey
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Service
  • Technology
  • Application
  • Industry
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Stratasys Direct, Inc.
  • Sculpteo
  • Shapeways, Inc.
  • Materialise NV
  • Vexma Technologies
  • Fisher Unitech
  • Laser Lines
  • 3D Matters
  • Makelab
  • Graphite Additive Manufacturing
  • Forerunner 3D Printing
  • Varia 3D, Inc.
  • Industrial Plastic Fabrications Ltd.
  • GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services, LLC
  • ZiggZagg NV
  • Solidscape
  • FacFox, Inc.
  • HP Inc.
  • Shandong Sandi Shikong 3D Technology Co., Ltd.
  • HLH Prototypes Co. Ltd.
  • Duch Group
  • LK-Mould Ltd.


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Key Market Segments Covered

By Service

  • Plastic 3D Printing Services
  • Metal 3D Printing Services
  • Resin 3D Printing Services
  • Others

By Technology

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
  • Laser Sintering (LS)
  • Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)
  • Binder Jetting
  • Stereolithography (SL)
  • Others

By Application

  • Prototypes
  • Tools & Fixtures
  • Production Parts

By Industry

  • 3D Printing Service Bureaus for Automotive
  • 3D Printing Service Bureaus for Healthcare & Medical Devices
  • 3D Printing Service Bureaus for Aerospace & Aeronautics
  • 3D Printing Service Bureaus for Consumer Goods
  • 3D Printing Service Bureaus for Industrial
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • How much is the 3D printing service bureaus market worth?

    Persistence Market Research has projected a US$ 6.6 Bn market valuation for 3D printing service bureaus in 2021, with demand expected to skyrocket over the next ten years.

  • What will be the sales forecast for 3D printing service bureaus over the decade?

    Sales of 3D printing service bureaus are projected to balloon 8X through 2031.

  • At what CAGR did the market for 3D printing service bureaus expand over the last 5 years?

    Though this is a very niche market, from 2016 to 2020, the market surged at 20.7% CAGR.

  • What are the key trends in 3D printing service bureaus across the world?

    Innovation is driving this market, especially with regards to medical 3D solutions.

  • Which factor is driving demand for 3D printing service bureaus?

    3D printing service bureaus will take the guess work out of designing processes and help get an actual view of how the end product will look like.

  • What is the market share of the top players in this space?

    Tier-1 companies such as Stratasys Direct, Inc. and Sculpteo, among others, together accounted for around 24% market share of global revenue in 2020.

  • Which are the top 5 countries driving demand for 3D printing service bureaus?

    China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia are countries set to drive most of the demand for 3D printing service bureaus over the decade.

  • What is the outlook for the market in North America?

    The market in North America is projected to increase at over 22% CAGR through 2031, and account for 1/3 global share by the same year.

  • At what percentage is 3D printing service bureaus projected to register growth in Europe?

    The European market is slated to expand at close to 22% CAGR over the next ten years.

  • What are the key market statistics for Korea and Japan?

    The market is Korea and Japan is expected to expand at 23% and 28% CAGR, respectively. Together, both countries would hold around 55% market share in East Asia.


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