Sales 3D Printing in the Netherlands set to increase by 20 percent in 2017

Published on 8 March 2017

The sales volume of 3D Printing in the Dutch market is set to increase from 100 to 120 million euros in 2017. The Netherlands is leading in desktop printers at an international level and Dutch online platforms are leading worldwide.

Dutch 3D printing market size is 100 million euros

The international market for 3D printing is still growing fast. An increasing number of finished products are printed. In particular metal printers are used for manufacturing at industrial scale for sectors such as aerospace, aviation, medical appliances, machine builders and other manufacturing industries. In 2015, worldwide sales in the 3D Printing market amounted to 4.9 billion euros according to Wohlers Associates. This equals a 25.9 percent increase compared with 2014. Dutch sales are also growing faster than expected, according to a report jointly prepared by ABN AMRO and Berenschot. In 2016, the Dutch 3D Printing market was good for about 100 million euros. This implies the market has doubled compared with 2015. ABN AMRO and Berenschot expect sales to increase to 120 million euros in 2017.

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Desktop printers increasingly professional

An increasing number of desktop 3D printers are purchased by industrial users. They are not always used for experimental purposes; they are also used for producing tooling and finished products. 3D printers are also increasingly used in the educational sector. Dutch desktop printer manufacturers are great performers. Worldwide, Ultimaker is one of the market leaders. Other manufacturers, including Builder 3D, Felix, Leapfrog, Nectar, Opiliones, Atum3D and dddrop, make for a broad range. ABN AMRO and Berenschot expect the Dutch market for desktop printers to increase to 3 million euros in 2017. This growth is possible based on new user-friendly models with dual extrusion, higher accuracy, wider choice of materials and larger building volumes.

Metal printers show fastest growth

In the market for professional printers, the metal printers are growing harder than the plastics printers.
Worldwide, a 47 percent increase was measured in 2015 compared with 2014 (from 505 to 808 metal printers). Traditional builders of metal processing machines, such as Trumpf and DMG Mori, are also extending their product line with 3D metal printing. “With the introduction of the MetalFab1 by Additive Industries, the very first Dutch metal 3D printer was created. In the Netherlands, metal printers are mostly used in the medical and dental sectors”, says David Kemps, Sector Banker Industry at ABN AMRO. “Selling the printers to schools, fablabs and knowledge institutions is good for the adaptation of 3D printing.”

Global market

3D printing is an international market, forcing players to compete at worldwide level. Online platforms for purchasing 3D printed products do not stop at country borders. The originally Dutch Shapeways is the largest online market place for 3D printed products. 3D Hubs, also Dutch, currently serves one billion people in finding their local 3D printer for producing their private designs. “The Netherlands is in the lead group now. To ensure that we keep this lead, we need significant investments, for example in education”, says Onno Ponfoort, Practice Leader 3D Printing at Berenschot. “We also have a need for larger, industry-specific service providers in 3D-printing.”

RapidPro will be held on March 7, 8 and 9. This is the main 3D printing trade fair event in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Onno Ponfoort and David Kemps will reveal the results of their research on March 8.

Onno Ponfoort

Onno Ponfoort

Senior managing consultant