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Infographic: 3D printing is slow to catch on in the enterprise

In a follow-up to a 2014 survey, a Tech Pro Research poll found that many companies still see no business need for 3D printers.

A recent survey by TechRepublic's sister site, Tech Pro Research, found that 3D printing in the enterprise changed very little in two years, between 2014 and 2016. Rates of use and business purposes stayed almost the same, as did the reason given for not adopting the technology. Two thirds of those not using 3D printers said they simply see no reason to.

This isn't to say that attitudes are completely negative. In the 2016 survey, 28% of respondents said 3D printing would have a strong positive effect on their industry, increasing sales, profits, contracts or jobs. Two years earlier, 19% of respondents said the same.

And those who are using 3D printers appear to be spending more money on them. Spending in the upper tiers, particularly the $500,000-$1 million range, has increased. So it's possible that while 3D printers haven't gained traction in the general market, they're becoming increasingly important for those who have found a use for them.

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Image: Erik Underwood/TechRepublic

The stats in this infographic come from Tech Pro Research's report on 3D printers, where you can find more research results and analysis. Click here to download the full report, 3D Printing 2017: Benefits, trends, enterprise applications. (Tech Pro Research subscription required.)

Also see:
3D printing hands on: Making a replacement part (ZDNet)
Stratasys takes the next step in its software strategy (ZDNet)
Road to the future: Why carmakers are in love with 3D printing (CNET)
GE makes $1.4B bet on 3D printing, acquires two firms to boost additive manufacturing (TechRepublic)

About Amy Talbott

Amy Talbott is an editorial assistant at TechRepublic. She was previously a writer and special publications editor at Louisville Magazine.

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