This IDC Survey analyzes the responses to the acquisition process for 3D printers. This Survey, which was administered in late 2016, covered a number of critical 3D printer market issues with a qualified manufacturing user base. IDC will publish several analyses on the issues raised in this Survey.
The data is segmented by company size (small 1–99 employees, medium-sized 100-499 employees, large 500–999 employees, and very large 1,000+ employees) as well as by manufacturing subsegments like aerospace and defense, automotive, farming/construction and industrial machinery, chemical/petroleum refining and metals/mining, computers/telecom/semiconductors, contract manufacturing, electronic components (not semiconductors), household products (including health/beauty, footwear and apparel, food and beverage, and toys and sporting goods), consumer durables/electronics, and pulp and paper.
With this segmentation in mind, we examine the following issues in this analysis.
- 3D printer acquisition plans over the next 12 months
- Preferred channels
- Purchasing versus leasing
- Time frame for related software and services acquisitions
- Sources of information for decision making