We’re back from CeBIT with some fresh market insight about the future of desktop 3D printing.
Since CeBIT started, our booth was constantly full of people interested in knowing more about desktop 3D printing, multitool machines, and ZMorph 2.0 SX multitool 3D printer in particular. These visitors gave us a direct insight into needs and expectations of the market that allows us to answer some of the most pressing questions about 3D printing.
Who buys desktop 3D printers?
Professionals and educators remain main target groups for desktop 3D printing. We spoke with many engineers, product developers, and heads of production departments from machine, automotive, chemical, and many more industries. For them, 3D printing already became an everyday tool for rapid prototyping, and product development, with market-ready products being the next big thing to come in the next few years.
More and more professionals know about possibilities of 3D printing and already use it in their work. For most companies it’s no longer the matter of buying a 3D printer. They look for the best one that can deliver the highest quality results within the budget. We were very glad to hear that ZMorph 2.0 SX fits that description and soon could be introduced in several renowned companies.
Education remains the second biggest market for 3D printing. During CeBIT we met with professors and rectors of many European universities interested in expanding their 3D printing workshops. Again, more often it’s a matter of expanding and improving their 3D printing capabilities rather than building one from scratch. For educators it’s also important to receive dedicated software to operate the machine – that’s why our guests praised Voxelizer software that offers dedicated workflows for all fabrication technologies supported by the machine.
What’s the future of multi-material 3D printing?
DUAL PRO extruder and multi-material samples were the biggest hit of the ZMorph booth. Professionals, educators, and other visitors were eager to learn about printing objects with various materials, mixing colors, and our own Image Mapping technology that enables placing colorful images on 3D objects. Even in the most common applications, like rapid prototyping, jigs and fixtures, or creating educational aids, multi-materiality gives new possibilities that soon can entirely replace standard single material printing.
Do people want to go beyond 3D printing?
Definitely yes. There’s a huge potential to grow in multitool niche. Most of the visitors to our CeBIT booth already had contact with 3D printing or works with the technology on daily basis. What got them excited and interested in ZMorph 2.0 SX is the ability to go beyond this technology without the need to buy additional machines. It’s more cost and time efficient, especially when the machine provides high quality of works.
CNC, laser cutting and engraving were almost as much popular as the DUAL PRO sample prints. They were especially interesting to educators, who would be able to use one machine for several different courses and even introduce multi-materiality into some of them, while saving money on equipment without compromising the quality of works. This is a very promising prospect for professionals too, especially self-employed architects, designers, jewelers, or artists.
Back from CeBIT
Just like in Las Vegas during CES, we had a really great time in Hannover! We spoke with hundreds of amazing people, met with potential new business partners and clients. We received tons of market insight, and very positive feedback about ZMorph 2.0 SX from our clients, visitors, and journalists. Now we’re getting back to work to provide you with the best all-in-one solution for multi-material 3D printing.