Our database considers all companies and all products available today in the additive manufacturing industry. The hardware dataset is organized into six categories based on price points. These categories include Consumer (priced under $1,000), Prosumer (priced $1,000–$5,000), Professional (priced $5,000–$50,000), Entry-level Industrial (priced $50,000–$100,000), Mid-level Industrial (priced $100,000–$300,000), and High-level Industrial (priced over $300,000).
This is important in order to give nuance to our analyses.
For example, the sale volume of Consumer 3D printers is carefully considered in our analyses. This is because the number of low-cost 3D printer units shipped each year, almost entirely in the polymer segment and predominantly from Chinese manufacturers, is orders of magnitude larger than that of professional-level systems. Without price segments, the data would be significantly skewed.
To put this into context, whilst industrial systems (those priced between $100,000 and $300,000+) sales represented 78% of the overall revenues generated in 2022, they accounted for just 1% of all units sold. An easy option is to remove low-cost systems from our analyses, but at 22% of all hardware revenues generated (a figure close to $1 billion), we believe that any accurate analysis of the global additive manufacturing market cannot ignore this price point segment.