Trends 2021

As 2020 comes to a close (’bout time), in this month’s AM Focus, we are going to look at what we– and other key industry stakeholders– see as the key Trends 2021 for additive manufacturing.

At this time last year, we were closing up a fantastic year for AM and looking forward to a new year of significant growth, driven by aerospace, automotive and major investments from large multinational groups entering the market. We had predicted that automation and automated workflows would be one of the most relevant trends and that AM market communication would become increasingly digital. With the exception of aerospace (but only to a certain extent), we were correct on all these points.

What does this show? Simply that—as many have noted—the pandemic has accelerated trends that were already strongly underway: automation, digitization, while also introducing more urgency toward some other ones—such as supply chain resiliency, on-demand short batch production, re-localization—that were also in the works.

Continue reading this analysis in our editorial here or scroll down for the latest Trends 2021 news [updating].

  • Wohlers Report 2021 finds 7.5% growth in the AM industry

    For the 26th year, Wohlers Associates released the Wohlers Report 2021, providing an overview and analysis of the entire AM industry. According to this latest edition, the AM industry grew by 7.5% to nearly $12.8 billion in 2020. Growth was down considerably, compared to the average growth of 27.4% over…

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  • Industry 2030 CECIMO

    CECIMO survey sees growth in AM total business and AM exports

    Between September and October 2020, CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies, organized the first round of its European Additive Manufacturing Survey, which aims to assess key market trends in the Additive Manufacturing (AM) sector. Among the key findings, the CECIMO survey shows that…

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  • 3dpbm’s map of bioprinting technologies and companies* (v8)

    In this month’s AM Focus on Bioprinting—and the eBook edition which will be released on March 1st—we will take a deep dive into the different bioprinting technologies that are commercially available today. Starting with 3dpbm’s map of bioprinting technologies and companies.     When cell cultures went 3D 3D cell…

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  • AM Trends 2021 Focus eBook

    Welcome to our 12th and final ebook of 2020! In the following publication, we look back on the additive manufacturing industry’s evolution over the past year and look forward to what 2021 will bring. 2020 has, on the whole, been a bad year. But it has also been an eye-opening…

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  • 3D printing boats is becoming standard practice

    A new project just published by Emil Johansson, Research Scientist Additive Manufacturing at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, demonstrated a functional fully 3D printed boat (shown in the video above). This is the latest of a long string of projects that has shown how new large-format extrusion systems—either based on…

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  • A pair of HP 5210s at GoProto

    HP AM trends 2021 forecast sees economic growth driven by digital manufacturing technologies

    Just in time for 3dpbm’s AM Focus on AM Trends 2021, HP has contributed by outlining key predictions about how 3D printing will further transform the manufacturing landscape in 2021 and beyond. Key anticipated trends include increased demand for personalization, along with higher productivity, new materials, increased focus sustainability of…

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  • Equispheres expects aluminum powder for binder jetting and decreasing prices in 2021

    2020 was a unique and challenging year for everyone, the manufacturing sector included. As the year begins to sunset and vaccines for COVID-19 breach the horizon, high-performance metal powder manufacturer Equispheres has taken the opportunity to look ahead to what comes next, in particular with respect to aluminum powder for…

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  • ADG talent trends 2021

    Five talent market trends that will shape 2021

    Looking back at 2020, it can seem like a year where hardly anything has gone to plan; a year where we have been forced to transition into a new way of working, meeting and thinking about business. While many would probably appreciate a ‘New Year, New Me’ scenario, COVID-19 leaves…

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  • Materialise trends outlook for 2021, a “year of radical renewal”

    As we mark our entry into the 4th decade of 3D printing in 2021, we also enter a decade with the potential for radical renewal. The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous effect on every industry and continues to propel us into a space where we need to think differently.…

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  • Shapeways 2021 predictions see more scaled up and distributed production

    Shapeways 2021 predictions see an ever more relevant role of advanced AM-specific software to increase production scale, along with more distributed manufacturing. To date, the leading AM service provider, for both B2B and B2C customers, has manufactured more than 12 million 3D printed parts on over 10 technologies using 75…

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