Report: 2018 Sees Dramatic Rise in Metal Additive Manufacturing and Overall Industry Growth of 21%
FORT COLLINS, CO — About 1,768 metal additive manufacturing systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016, an increase of nearly 80%, according to Wohlers Report 2018, a global report on the state of the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry, terms used interchangeably. Wohlers Associates has published its series of annual reports on AM for 23 consecutive years.
This dramatic rise in metal AM system installations accompanies improved process monitoring and quality assurance measures in metal AM, although more work is ahead. Increasingly, global manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of producing metal parts by additive manufacturing.
Wohlers Associates found that 135 companies around the world produced and sold industrial AM systems in 2017, up from 97 companies in 2016. These systems are defined as machines that sell for more than $5,000. New system manufacturers are entering the AM market at a dizzying pace, while releasing machines with open material platforms, faster print speeds, and lower pricing.
Seventy-six co-authors and contributors from 32 countries shared data and expertise to form the basis of analysis in Wohlers Report 2018.
Wohlers Report 2018 includes new and expanded sections on design for additive manufacturing, post-processing, and an impressive range of startup companies and research initiatives. These and many other new sections of the report provide practical and cautionary advice and guidelines for managers, researchers, educators, and investors in organizations around the world.
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