3D Printing Technician

3D Printing has opened up a whole new world for mass customization. Estimates indicate that 3D Printing market has topped $7 billion in annual revenues, and the market could reach $32 billion by 2023. 3D Printing is transforming several industries including everything from aerospace 

and automotive to cosmetics and textiles. The good news for VBOs is that there's a shortage of skilled technicians. Significant growth opportunities exist for tech-savvy individuals who sharpen their skills in this industry.


3D Printing is a relatively new technology, but it's incredibly popular, and it's an innovative-industry disruptor. Currently a $7 Billion industry, 3D printing is expected to grow nearly five-fold in the next five years. The 3D printing process involves using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs to create digital models, which are then printed individually in layers.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a 3D Printing VBO:

  • It's a relatively new, but fast-growing industry.
  • 3D printing affords technicians creativity and flexibility in their work.
  • 3D printing techs help companies minimize their carbon footprints by cutting back on material costs while reducing waste.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for a 3D Printing Technician
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Primary Niche

3D Printing

SUB Niche

​3D Printing For Large Companies

VBO Niche

3D Printing Innovative Prototypes For Fortune 500 Companies

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as a 3D Printing Technician. If you have questions about becoming a 3D Printing Technician, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Evaluate client orders for printability.
  • Develop printer ready custom orders in a timely manner.
  • Determine automated processes to enable scaling as needed.
  • Possess a working knowledge of 3D Printing and CAD software.
  • Possess a keen eye for detail.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with clients.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $35.00 to $95.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $60.00 to $80.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.



The sculpteo blog delivers news and trending topics regarding the 3D printing industry. In addition to news, they also offer 3D files and tutorials, and important updates on software.


Fabbaloo is a blog dedicated to 3D printing events, updates, and announcements. They test and analyze new equipment and software and post about them for their readers.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Lynda has been around a long time and might just be one of the granddaddy's of online training. Pretty much all courses are well vetted and professionally done. While there courses may be a little more expensive, they are top quality. Since they were recently acquired by LinkedIn, some premium accounts get access to Lynda at no additional charge which is a great deal.







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