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10 Hottest 3-D Printer Systems To Watch In 2019

Vendors that are teaming with channel partners on 3-D printer sales include HP Inc., Markforged and Formlabs.

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A New Dimension In Printing

Demand for 3-D printers and materials continues to surge, according to IDC. The research firm predicts that spending in the category will reach $13.8 billion this year, up 21 percent from last year--and will ultimately hit $22.7 billion by 2021. "We’ve seen a lot of development on the 3D printing technology side in 2018. Rapid increases in production speeds combined with major advances in 3D printing materials is enabling the use of 3D printing in manufacturing across a wider range of applications," said Tim Greene, research director for hardcopy peripherals and 3-D printing at IDC, in a statement. "As more users recognize these benefits they are looking for more ways to use the technology, which drives higher levels of equipment utilization for prototyping, tooling, and real manufacturing."

However, 3-D print systems bring new complexities and often require vertical expertise, as well as a solutions-oriented selling approach. Solution providers are thus playing a critical role in the growth of the 3-D print market, and vendors such as HP Inc., MakerBot, Formlabs and Markforged are all working hand-in-hand with channel partners.

As part of CRN Printer Week 2019, we've rounded up 10 of the hottest 3-D printers that are available through channel partners.

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