At present, in the global 3D printer industry, the products of American 3D_Systems and Stratasys occupy the vast majority of the market share. In addition, companies/R&D teams with strong technical strength and characteristics in this field include Fab@Home and Shapleways in the United States and Reprap in the United Kingdom.
3D Systems is the world's largest rapid prototyping equipment development company. After the acquisition of Z Corporation, the earliest inventor and patent owner of 3D printing technology in November 2011, 3D Systems has established its leading position in the field of 3D printing. Stratasys signed an OEM cooperation agreement with Hewlett-Packard, a traditional printing giant, in 2010 to produce HP-branded 3D printers. Following the acquisition of Solidscape in May 2011, Stratasys announced a merger with Objet, Israel's leading provider of 3D printing systems, in April 2012. At present, the international 3D printer manufacturing industry is in the process of rapid merger and integration, and the industry giants are accelerating their rise.
At present, in developed countries in Europe and America, 3D printing technology has initially formed a successful commercial model. For example, in the fields of consumer electronics, aviation and automobile manufacturing, 3D printing technology can produce small batches of customized components with low cost and high efficiency, and complete complex and fine modeling. In addition, the field in which 3D printing technology has been applied is the individualized consumer goods industry. For example, Quirky, a creative consumer goods company in New York, has been able to launch 60 innovative products annually with an annual revenue of US$1 million by soliciting users'design plans online, making physical products with 3D printing technology and selling them in the electronic market.