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Unless otherwise noted, the blog post was written by Terry Wohlers.

FORT COLLINS, Colo., August 4, 2022 – Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International, recently launched a new, more interactive website. The site will serve as a hub for knowledge acceleration within the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

Through the new site, visitors can access the Wohlers Report using a new automated ordering and provisioning system. They can also connect with the team of consultants and learn about what’s happening in the AM industry. Visitors can peruse resources, including a blog and audio series, and learn about upcoming training and other events.

By Clare Scott

A lot of attention surrounding 3D printing has focused on industrial applications in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and medical devices. Another area where the technology is making an impact is in fashion and apparel. 3D-printed wearables have the potential to reduce material waste, create complex shapes and geometric features, and shorten time-to-market.

By Olaf Diegel

Engineers tend to think the way they have been taught. It can be difficult to get someone to rethink how to design parts when they have been creating “conventional” designs for decades. They are often based on traditional thought processes, software, and methods of manufacturing. To get the most value from AM, it is important for engineers and designers to think differently and consider methods of design for AM (DfAM).

FORT COLLINS, Colo., and YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, June 7, 2022—Wohlers Associates and America Makes are partnering to offer a three-day design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) course. The September 28-30, 2022 course will be held at America Makes’ headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio. The course is open to the public, with members of America Makes enjoying discounted pricing.

“AM offers fascinating opportunities for new types of products and businesses,” said Terry Wohlers, head of advisory services and market intelligence at Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International. “Rethinking methods of design, coupled with understanding the true capabilities of AM, presents immeasurable options for organizations of all sizes,” he explained. Wohlers will assist lead instructor and global DfAM expert Olaf Diegel with the three-day course.

At RAPID+TCT 2022, we offered a “live” version of Wohlers Report 2022. The event built upon a similar all-day event held for top management for one of the largest companies in the AM industry. For five consecutive years, it was conducted for the top 30 managers and executives at the company. This year’s event bundled the report to help attendees prepare for the half-day program. It was open to the 93 co-authors and contributors of the report and several took advantage of the offer.

At RAPID+TCT 2022, I presented key industry trends found in Wohlers Report 2022 each of the three days of the event. Among them: 1) a growing number of system manufacturers around the world, 2) growth and development of materials for AM, and 3) customer buying trends.

By Stephan Mansour

Throughout my career, I have always enjoyed unique and challenging projects. My 17 years of experience in the construction sector for a major general contractor based in Athens, Greece, were no exception. My role involved exploring and enabling the adoption of innovative construction solutions that most notably culminated with a 3D-printed house project in Saudi Arabia in 2018.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, April 7, 2022 — ASTM International and SME present the first-ever Wohlers Report LIVE event. It will be held on May 16, 2022—the day before RAPID + TCT begins at the Huntington Place (1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226). The event will include concise presentations and interactive questions and discussion from 2:00 to 5:00 pm EDT, followed by a networking reception.

Wohlers Report LIVE will uncover some of the most interesting findings and trends in additive manufacturing (AM). By attending, you will gain direct access to some of the principal authors of Wohlers Report 2022 and experts from the ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Hear views and insights on content from the report, along with challenges facing the AM industry. Ask questions about the future and where you and your organization fit in.

Creating Wohlers Report 2022 would have been impossible without our team of 93 experts and 250 contributing organizations from around the world. The publication requires months of coordinated planning and effort among the principal and associate authors, contributors, and many others. A key differentiator of Wohlers Report 2022 is the 27 years of data and relationships used to create the undisputed, industry-leading report.

Securing industry data is one of the most challenging parts of creating the report but also one of the most rewarding. All data received from organizations is confidential. The only exception is unit sales from system manufacturers. Over the history of creating the Wohlers Report, we have gained trust from these organizations, and they know their data is safe. We spend countless hours with the data better understand the additive manufacturing industry. We also use it to create composite totals and trends that are presented in many charts and graphs.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, March 15, 2022 — Today, Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International, announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2022. This marks the 27th consecutive year of publishing the industry-leading annual report. It provides new content and expert analysis on additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide.

Research for Wohlers Report 2022 shows AM industry growth of 19.5% in 2021. This is up from 7.5% growth in 2020, which was impacted greatly by the pandemic.

by Shane Collins

The first time I saw additive manufacturing (AM) was in late 1999 at 3D Systems in the Valencia, California. A stereolithography machine was near the end of a build cycle. I recall seeing parts rise out of a vat of liquid photopolymer. My first position in the AM industry was aerospace market segment manager at 3D Systems. I had previously been involved in high-tech scientific instruments.

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