4/12/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Wohlers Report 2017 Indicates New Business Activity in 3D Printing

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The 22nd edition of the report shows more manufacturers producing and selling AM systems than in past years.

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Wohlers Associates has published the Wohlers Report 2017, the 22nd consecutive edition of the publication.

According to Wohlers Report 2017, 97 manufacturers produced and sold additive manufacturing (AM) systems in 2016. This is up from 62 companies in 2015 and 49 in 2014. These manufacturers are providing interesting products and unprecedented competition in the AM industry. This wave of development and commercialization is putting pressure on the established producers of AM systems.

The AM industry grew by 17.4 percent in worldwide revenues in 2016, down from 25.9 percent the year before, according to the new report. Much of the downturn came from declines by the two largest system manufacturers in the business. Together, they represent $1.31 billion (21.7 percent) of the $6.063 billion AM industry, according to Wohlers Report 2017. If these two companies were excluded from the analysis, the industry would have grown by 24.9 percent.

Each year, the Wohlers Report is anticipated by industry insiders and knowledgeable observers because the analysis it provides is based on many years of data. For Wohlers Report 2017, input was collected from 100 service providers, 61 industrial system manufacturers, and 19 producers of third-party materials and low-cost desktop 3D printers.

Separately, 76 experts and organizations in 31 countries contributed information and insight to the new publication. 

The 344-page Wohlers Report 2017 and supplemental online information is available at wohlersassociates.com

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