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].

  • Ceramic AM market to grow from $154M in 2020 to $3.4B by 2030

    3dpbm Research, a leading market analysis company specialized in tracking the global additive manufacturing (AM) industry, released the results of its comprehensive study on the ceramic additive manufacturing segment. The study, Ceramic AM Market Opportunities and Trends 2020–2030, was conducted during Q2 and Q3 of 2021 and collects information on…

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  • China accounts for 70% of the global desktop 3D printer market

    Chinese-made desktop 3D printers from manufacturers such as Anycubic, Creality and Flashforged have been constantly improving in terms of quality while maintaining very affordable prices. This is enabled by these companies’ ability to rapidly scale and sell more and more machines all over the world. Now, this dominance in the…

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  • Authentise and team awarded UK Innovation Grant

    Authentise, an expert in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, is leading a team in a project titled “Digital Supply Chain Adoption Curve (DSCAC)”, which has been accepted for a UK Innovation grant for the competition “Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies”. The project, which started on the…

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  • HP AM Trends in EMEA study shows manufacturers look to AM for accelerating production

    With 3D printing making an impact on the digitalization of manufacturing and the disruption of industries, a new study by HP in partnership with 3dbpm Research found that additive manufacturing (AM) is playing a significant role in enabling this transition. According to the AM Trends in EMEA study, which analyzed…

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  • Authentise and nebumind receive prestigious Digifed EU Grant

    Authentise and nebumind have been awarded a competitive grant by the European Union. Their collaboration, born in November 2020, integrates nebumind’s ‘digital twin’ visualizations, which fuses machine parameters and sensor data with the original part geometry, with Authentise’s aMES data-driven workflow management. This reduces time to set up the visualizations…

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  • Additive Manufacturing Trend Report from 3D Hubs sees AM growing by 21% in 2020, despite COVID-19

    The Additive Manufacturing Trend Report 2021 from 3D Hubs revealed the additive manufacturing market grew by 21 percent in 2020, to a total of $12.6B, and is expected to continue to grow by 17 percent annually over the next three years. The report found further evidence of market growth on…

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  • 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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