3D printing an economic niche for small businesses and enthusiasts
From：Taiwan Trade Center, Kyiv
As in most high-tech areas of the economy, Ukraine remains in the role of catching up and in relation to 3D printing. As before, such equipment is available mainly to large state or commercial holdings because of their high cost. Nevertheless, the situation is gradually changing for the better ...
For today, Ukraine's contribution to the world market 3D is extremely modest - this concerns both services related to printing, and sales of specialized equipment. If we talk about specific figures, the picture for 2017 looks like this:
- the world market of 3D printing - 16 billion USD
- the market of volumetric printing of Ukraine - no more than $ 1 million (ie less than 0.007% of the world)
But the progress of domestic business is obvious. In our country not only imported components and printers are sold. In Ukraine, the production of such demanded products as a plastic thread used for filling into 3D equipment is mastered. In addition, the number of business structures that specialize in volumetric printing and related maintenance from 2013 to 2017 has tripled and already exceeds 20.
It is also important that Ukrainians are offered not only industrial printers, but also models that are relatively affordable even for home use. The catalog of https://3ddevice.com.ua presents models from 33000 hryvnia. For comparison - "advanced" iPhone reaches a price of 34 thousand UAH. It's easy to see that a 3D printer, although not publicly available, is not just a toy for millionaires or officials. As Ukrainians will recognize its capabilities, our country's contribution to the development of this technology. And it's worth it - according to experts, in 2020 the world market will grow to 18 billion dollars.