By 1990, most simple printing tasks were conducted on personal computers and laser-printed. By the following decade, high-quality printers with Inkjet systems had became commonplace. As of 2017, ink jets made up 5.2 percent of the entire market for printer peripherals. While personal printers are designed to support individual users on a single computer, networked or shared printers are designed for high-volume, high-speed printing. This global production printer market had a size of 4.71 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and is forecast to grow to 5.33 billion U.S. dollars by 2021.
The early 2010s also saw the emergence of additive manufacturing (3D printing). Some of the leading sectors that employ additive manufacturing systems include the aerospace sector, producers of industrial and business machines, manufacturers of motor vehicles and consumer products, as well as for medical use, in academic institutions, and by the military. The 3D printing market continues to grow and is projected to reach a value of around 26.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2021.