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Wohlers Associates, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. leads the world with the largest installed base of additive manufacturing users, international competition gaining
COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 21, 2013—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the release of the Wohlers Report 2013,
the company’s annual in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing (AM)
and 3D printing worldwide. The report reveals trends that suggest the
U.S. may be losing its competitive advantage in the AM industry.
Wohlers Report 2013 covers all aspects of additive manufacturing, including its history, applications, processes, manufacturers, and materials. It documents important developments from the past 18 months, covers R&D and collaboration activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the industry in countries around the world. This edition marks the report’s 18th consecutive year of publication.
According to the new report, 38% of all industrial AM installations are in the U.S. Japan is second with 9.7%, followed by Germany with 9.4%, and China with 8.7%. Sixteen companies in Europe, seven in China, five in the U.S., and two in Japan now manufacture and sell professional-grade, industrial additive manufacturing systems. “This is a dramatic change from a decade ago, when the mix was ten in the U.S., seven in Europe, seven in Japan, and three in China,” said Tim Caffrey, a principal author of the new report and associate consultant at Wohlers Associates.
To maintain a competitive advantage, the White House launched the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) last year with the support of several agencies, including the Department of Defense. This initiative seeks to accelerate the position of the U.S. in the development and use of AM technology. “It will not be easy, given what organizations in China and other regions of the world have planned,” explained Terry Wohlers, a principal author of the report and president of Wohlers Associates. China, Singapore, South Africa, and many countries in Europe have committed hundreds of millions of dollars in AM development and commercialization over the next few years.
Wohlers Associates’ advice to key leaders in the U.S. is to focus on the big picture with big goals, such as the development of metal-based powder bed fusion systems and other advanced AM system technology. Market forces and competitive pressures will take care of the smaller challenges and incremental technology improvements.
According to Wohlers Report 2013, revenues from all additive manufacturing products and services worldwide were $2.204 billion in 2012. This is up 28.6% (CAGR) from 2011. An estimated 28.3% of the $2.204 billion is tied to the production of parts for final products, rather than models, prototypes, patterns, and other types of parts.
About Wohlers Associates: Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. For more information, visit wohlersassociates.com.
About Wohlers Report 2013: The 297-page annual study is packed with up-to-date and practical information. It includes 35 charts and graphs, 55 tables, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations. The report, which sells for US$495, was created with support from 74 service providers, 31 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 70 co-authors from around the world.
Report Development Team
The following individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2013
and served as important sources for information.
|Nadra Angerman||Angerman Communications Group||U.S.|
|Mukesh Agarwala||3D Product Development||India|
|Paulo Jorge Bártolo||Institute Polytechnic of Leiria||Portugal|
|Joseph Beaman, Jr.||University of Texas at Austin||U.S.|
|Josh Berman||William Blair & Company||U.S.|
|Alain Bernard||Ecole Centrale de Nantes||France|
|Craig Blue||Oak Ridge National Laboratory||U.S.|
|Milan Brandt||RMIT University||Australia|
|Craig Brice||NASA Langley Research Center||U.S.|
|David Bourell||University of Texas at Austin||U.S.|
|Ian Campbell||Loughborough University||England|
|William Cass||Cantor Colburn||U.S.|
|Andy Christensen||Medical Modeling||U.S.|
|Shane Collins||Oxford Performance Materials||U.S.|
|Mel Cossette||Edmonds Community College||U.S.|
|Frank Cox||Edmonds Community College||U.S.|
|Deon de Beer||Vaal University of Technology||South Africa|
|Olaf Diegel||Massey University||New Zealand|
|Brian Drab||William Blair & Company||U.S.|
|Igor Drstvenšek||University of Maribor||Slovenia|
|Sara Ebright||Direct Dimensions||U.S.|
|Claus Emmelmann||LZN Laser Zentrum Nord||Germany|
|Ismail Fidan||Tennessee Tech University||U.S.|
|Tim Gornet||University of Louisville||U.S.|
|Ola Harrysson||North Carolina State University||U.S.|
|Dirk Herzog||LZN Laser Zentrum Nord||Germany|
|Forrest Higgs||Brosis Innovations||U.S.|
|Neil Hopkinson||University of Sheffield||England|
|Luca Iuliano||Politecnico di Torino||Italy|
|Jason Jones||De Montfort University||England|
|Volker Junior||Junior & Tacke||Germany|
|Karolien Kempen||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven||Belgium|
|Eric Klemp||Direct Manufacturing Research Center||Germany|
|Jannis Kranz||LZN Laser Zentrum Nord||Germany|
|Janet Krech||Wohlers Associates||U.S.|
|Jean-Pierre Kruth||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven||Belgium|
|Tom Kurfess||Georgia Institute of Technology||U.S.|
|Feng Lin||Tsinghua University||China|
|Blake Marshall||U.S. Department of Energy||U.S.|
|Wilhelm Meiners||Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology||Germany|
|Jorge Mireles||University of Texas at El Paso||U.S.|
|Ed Morris||National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute||U.S.|
|Greg Morris||GE Aviation||U.S.|
|Tim Mulrooney||William Blair & Company||U.S.|
|Randall Newton||Jon Peddie Research||U.S.|
|John Obielodan||University of Wisconsin–Platteville||U.S.|
|Michael Raphael||Direct Dimensions||U.S.|
|Alex Rekout||Moscow Business College #11||Russia|
|Stephen Rouse||Medical Applications of Additive Manufacturing||U.S.|
|Jeff Rowe||Cairowest Group||U.S.|
|Kevin Scanlan||Anubis Manufacturing Consultants Corp.||Canada|
|Joel Segal||University of Nottingham||England|
|Michael Siemer||Innovative Medical Device Solutions||U.S.|
|Chris Spadaccini||Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory||U.S.|
|Jürgen Stampfl||Vienna University of Technology||Austria|
|Ian Stewart||Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker||U.S.|
|Brent Stucker||University of Louisville||U.S.|
|Jukka Tuomi||Aalto University||Finland|
|Bart van de Vorst||TNO||Netherlands|
|Juan Vargas||University of Texas at El Paso||U.S.|
|Marius Vermeulen||Aerosud||South Africa|
|Andreas Wegner||University of Duisburg–Essen||Germany|
|Ryan Wicker||University of Texas at El Paso||U.S.|
|David Wimpenny||Manufacturing Technology Centre||England|
|Gerd Witt||University of Duisburg–Essen||Germany|