Industry expanded by more than $1.25 billion.
Wohlers Associates, Inc. has released the Wohlers Report 2018, the 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.
The Wohlers Report 2018 is filled with insightful data and perspective to inform the reader of the most critical developments. According to the new report, an estimated 1 768 metal AM systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016, an increase of nearly 80%. 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.
76 co-authors and contributors from 32 countries shared data and expertise to form the basis of analysis in the Wohlers Report 2018. This wealth of resources further strengthened the team at Wohlers Associates with insights into the AM industry unmatched by any other organisation.
The 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 organisations around the world.
The 344-page Wohlers Report 2018 includes 36 charts and graphs, 110 tables, and 192 photographs and illustrations. It also includes more than 160 pages of supplemental online information that is available to buyers of the report. Details on the new annual state of the industry report are at http://wohlersassociates.com/2018report.htm.
Wohlers Associates offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The independent consulting firm of 31 years provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and AM. Wohlers Associates counts 260 organisations in 26 countries among its clients. Separately, the company has provided advice to more than 175 companies in the investment community.