Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose +25% in the first three quarters of 2016 thanks again to shipments of low priced personal/desktop 3D printers, according to figures from researcher Context.
This represents a 27% year-on-year growth for this sub-category compared to a decline in shipments of -12% YTD in the Industrial/Professional segment which saw only 7,726 units shipped through the first three quarters of 2016.
While the market is still largely defined by the shipment of Industrial/Professional printers - which accounted for 78% of the global revenues - the market is settling into two distinctive segments says Context.
'Examples of success in the industry are typically male. As an industry we need to address this imbalance, to share and embrace a different success model that women can bring. The question is - how do we break the mould?'
Elsa Chen, CEO, Entanet