IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue <$100 million that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology — or both. This IDC Innovators study profiles Desktop Metal, ExOne, Rapidia, and Velo3D in the 3D metal printing market. 3D printing has the potential to enable smarter, more flexible, and more efficient manufacturing processes. 3D metal printing is particularly compelling because of the volume of metal parts used in automotive, aerospace, medical, and industrial markets. Metal 3D printers are widely used in these markets but primarily for prototypes because the historical challenge for 3D metal printers has been speed. There are numerous companies attempting to overcome the challenge of speed in metal 3D printing, including the companies profiled within this IDC Innovators study.
"These companies, and others like them, are transforming markets by providing important advantages and opportunities to their customers," says Tim Greene, research director, IDC Hardcopy Solutions group. "New technologies and new approaches to the market are expanding the use of 3D printing with metal and, in turn, advancing the digitization of manufacturing."