A New Dimension In Printing
The market for 3-D printers and materials is heating up, according to research firm IDC. The firm forecasts that spending in the category will cross $12 billion this year -- a roughly 20-percent increase over last year -- before surging to $20 billion by 2021.
"Advancements and breakthroughs on the technology side are fueling wider adoption and greater utilization of 3-D printing systems across a range of industries," said Tim Greene, research director for hardcopy peripherals and 3-D printing at IDC, in a statement. Though there are already "amazing innovations" in the use of 3-D printers in sectors such as manufacturing and health care, "we believe that we're still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3-D printing as an enabler of digital transformation," Greene said.
Because 3-D print systems are relatively complex -- often requiring a solutions-oriented selling approach and vertical expertise -- solution providers are playing a central role in the way that new 3-D printer innovations are reaching customers. A number of 3-D printer manufacturers are currently working with channel partners, including HP Inc., MakerBot, Formlabs, Desktop Metal and more.
As part of CRN Printer Week 2018, we've rounded up 10 top 3-D printers that are available through channel partners.