Many of the more common and useful 3D printed items. Learn more now!
The overall 3D printing market is growing rapidly in the industrial sectors. Growth rates range from 18% to 39% annually. This trend is expected to continue through 2030 and beyond. This growth has helped drive down the price of 3D printing technology, allowing the hobbyist segment of the market to take off. In 2020, the hobbyist segment was almost $1.7 billion. By 2030, the market is expected to grow to approximately $5.4 billion. This technological growth opens a new realm of practical and creative applications for hobbyists.
The useful items that a hobbyist may print include broken and missing parts around the home or office, customized items, decorations, props, and tools. The 3D printing hobbyist has a platform with the freedom to print products upon demand, including parts designed to user specifications. The popularity is not limited to hobbyists. Another fast-growing part of the hobbyist segment of the market is the student population. Already, 46% of college students majoring in engineering, computer science, and mathematics have worked with a 3D printer.
The most popular type of hobbyist printer is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). FDM is easily the most popular 3D printing technology, followed by Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The most popularly printed materials include Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). PLA is generally recognized as the easiest material to print. Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) has food-safe filaments available for projects that may come into contact with food.
Below are many of the more useful items that are being 3D printed:
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