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Wohlers Report 2019 details striking range of developments in AM worldwide

Industry growth trend line going straight up

Wohlers Associates just released the Wohlers Report 2019, the 24th annual installment of its industry-leading report on additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing. The worldwide study provides the “pulse” of the industry by reporting on growth, development, and the future of AM materials, applications, systems, services, design, software, patents, startups, standards, investment, and research.

The 369-page Wohlers Report 2019 includes wide-ranging data on AM materials development and consumption. The overall materials segment of the industry saw record growth in 2018. Revenue from metals grew an estimated 41.9%, continuing a five-year streak of more than 40% growth each year. Such strong activity among materials suppliers and customers is a telling indicator of the increasing use of AM for production applications.

The report highlights notable AM-related activities in many industries, including aerospace. The team collected insights from the likes of Airbus, Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace, and United Technologies Corp., to gain perspective on using AM to produce end-use parts. These companies, along with BMW, Deutsche Bahn, FIT, Jabil, Oerlikon, UPS, the U.S. Marine Corps, and others shared emerging trends from their vantage points. Among the trends are knowledge and skills development, cybersecurity, post-process automation, materials development, partnerships, and industry standards.

Wohlers Report 2019
Sales of materials for polymer powder bed fusion were at an all-time high in 2018. Figures are in millions of dollars. Source: Wohlers Report 2019

New and expanded features of Wohlers Report 2019 include benefits and challenges of designing for AM
Listing of 107 early-stage investments valued at nearly $1.3 billion. The report details production, pricing, and use of metal powders, leveraging expert reports from 32 countries.
Also included are tables of systems, third-party materials, software tools, and emerging developments.
Wohlers Associates tracked growth and sales of 177 producers of industrial AM systems, which are those priced at $5,000 or more. This is nearly one third more than the 135 system manufacturers reported a year ago. While industrial system manufacturers grew notably, desktop 3D printing systems (those that sell for under $5,000) saw a significant decline in annual growth. The overall AM market continues to trend upward, with many new players, hundreds of millions of dollars invested, and innovative new products designed for AM that few envisioned years ago.

Wohlers Report 2019 draws upon the expertise of 80 authors and contributors located in 32 countries. Wohlers Associates also received input from 127 service providers, 71 manufacturers of industrial systems, and 30 producers of desktop 3D printers and third-party materials around the world. This input and perspective combine with 30 years of data and experience accrued by Wohlers Associates to provide the clearest and most comprehensive body of work available in the industry.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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  1. can i have a free copy of the Wohlers Report 2019 ?

    Wadee RAMAHI
    94 Gwendolen Cresent
    Toronto ,ON M2N 2L7
    Canada

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