What you will learn in this report

  • Current trends and micro-trends in the 3D Printing industry
  • 3D Printing’s long term growth prospects
  • The depth of the 3D Printing market, comprising hundreds of small businesses
  • The impact of 3D Printing on global industries

The report includes 3 major sections:

Company index

The company index contains a categorized listing of companies, broken into geographical locations and specific industries, from 3D printer manufacturers to service bureaus that specialize in customization, makerspaces and hubs for 3D printing enthusiasts, to 3D printing software vendors and marketplaces where designers can upload files and users can order 3D printed objects of choice. company index

Who 3D Prints What in 2033?

This section is based on a 10-day crowdsourced simulation in which over 60 analysts from around the world collaboratively explored who will 3D print what in the year 2033. The analysts generated 55 scenarios that were bundled into four master narratives or broad strategic directions.

In this simulation, Wikistrat - a company that accurately predicted Russia’s invasion of Crimea and riots in Venezuela - asked its strategic community to generate competing scenarios of which products will lead the way and prove to be the most decisive in re-shaping their industry sector.

The panel of analysts consisted of generals, professors and other outstanding professionals in their respective fields. It was compiled by Dr. Amanda Skuldt and James McGirk, Contributing Analysts in consultation with Dr. Thomas PM Barnett, Wikistrat’s Chief Analyst.

3D Printing in 2015

In this section a number of experts and industry insiders present their predictions on what will be the main developments in 2015. Supported by their own intimate experience with 3D printing, these individuals cover diverse areas ranging from 3D printing’s impact on education and retail, the evolution of exotic filaments, the crowdfunding craze of 2014 and its implications, to the advancements of software for 3D printing. The contributors share their views on areas where they identify opportunities, bottlenecks and trends.

"That [Wikistrat] could out-forecast the world’s leading intelligence agencies seems almost farcical. But it is an eye-opening example of yet another way that crowdsourcing is upending conventional wisdom."

– Aaron Stanley, Financial Times

"Wikistrat gave us a way of seeing our biases […] We’re predominantly ex-military males, and by the time we get into authority positions we’re quite similar."

– Dick Bedford, branch head of strategic engagement at the Allied Command Transformation division of NATO