Competition in desktop 3D Printing continues to be fierce—especially with the least expensive printers. We are seeing leaders emerge now, however, and stabilization is occurring for each segment.
On the low-end Creality, Anet and XYZPrinting dominate, but there is a large number of smaller players. The midrange is the fiefdom of Prusa. On higher-end systems, Ultimaker does well, especially for businesses.
Whereas initially, our market was a hell-bent dash for a future that no one understood, now we see rational approaches to the market. Companies are finding segments to conquer and honing propositions. Printers have become much more reliable as seasoned R&D and production people, as well as more well-organized firms, make their mark. Automated bed leveling, better components, longer-lasting parts, better displays, better user interfaces, and tighter integration with software have become more prevalent. Players, especially in the midrange and beyond, have now moved toward curated “ecosystems” and […]
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