Trends for 3D Printing in 2022

May 9, 2022
A new survey outlines how manufacturers used 3D printing in 2021 and what they expect from the technology this year.

Hubs, a division of Protolabs, on May 4, 2022 released its 3D Printing Trend Report 2022, highlighting market and technology changes in the 3D printing industry. The report argues that prototyping no longer defines the use of 3D printing in manufacturing and production of end-use parts and large-scale applications represent the future of this technology.

The report was written based on a survey conducted by Hubs and completed by several hundred engineers, designers, manufacturers and other industry leaders, a systematic review of news and media related to 3D printing and comparatively reviewing reports by recognized analysts and consultants.

According to the report, industrial 3D printer shipments rose 39% in the first three quarters of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Demand was greater than supply in 2021 and the number of respondents that produced 10 or more parts via 3D printing rose from 36% in 2021 to 49% in 2022.

HUBS provided IndustryWeek with some interesting charts that dig into the report’s details.

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