Fun facts from Wohlers Report 2015:
–The market for additive manufacturing, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.2% to $4.1 billion in 2014.
–The industry now has 49 manufacturers producing and selling industrial-grade AM machines.
–The CAGR over the past three years (2012–2014) was 33.8%.
These are just a few of the highlights from the 20th edition of the report, published annually by Wohlers Associates, Inc., a company recognized widely as a leading consulting firm and authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide. Notably, this publication is celebrating two decades of serving the additive manufacturing industry.
Other key developments noted in the report include growth occurred in all segments of the diverse industry, including the low-cost “desktop” 3D printer segment. The use of industrial metal AM systems for demanding production applications in the aerospace and medical markets also grew strongly. The report thoroughly documents the increasingly rich range of technologies, markets, and business models that are emerging within the industry.
“The first Wohlers Report was published in April 1996,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “It was 40 pages in length and represented the first-ever published analysis of the industry worldwide. The AM industry represented a mere $295 million in 1995. A lot has changed in 20 years, and we’ve worked hard to document this change. I am proud to say that no other publication comes close to matching the depth and breadth of data and market analysis that is found in our annual report.”
Wohlers Report 2015 is an information-rich 314 pages, and includes 39 charts and graphs, 63 tables, and 279 images and illustrations. The report, which sells for US$495, was developed with support from 87 service providers, 40 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 78 co-authors in 31 countries.