Global shipments of personal/desktop 3D printers, priced under $5,000, rose by 24% in Q1 2015, resulting in a 114% year-on-year increase according to IT market analysis company, CONTEXT. The North American market continued to lead the way in adoption terms, with 63% of all global shipments with Western Europe next at 20%.

The latest Q2 2015 figures from CONTEXT show that while growth in the Desktop/Personal segment of the 3D printer market continued to grow (worldwide shipments were up 25%), the Industrial/Professional segment stalled. The specialist IT market analysis company says key indicators suggest that, in the short term, demand for desktop printers will continue to be strong while that in the Industrial/Professional sector is less quantifiable.