The 3D printing industry is anticipated to touch US$17.2 billion mark by 2020, according to www.

This follows an increase in investment in research and development (R&D) across industries like aerospace, automotive, healthcare, oil and gas. A shift from designing prototypes to producing end-user products can be seen in various US industries, market researchers suggest.

The printers sector could grow at the highest CAGR of 29% through 2015-2020 and is expected to reach US$6.48 billion by 2020. In contrast, the service and maintenance segment could show the slowest growth rate from 2015-2020, expanding at a CAGR of 22% to reach USD 3.46% over the next five years from 2015 to 2020.

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