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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


  

Wohlers Report 2013 Reveals Continued Growth in
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Growth of low-cost "personal" 3D printers cools signficantly

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 23, 2013—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the release of the Wohlers Report 2013, the company’s annual in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide.

Wohlers Report 2013 covers all aspects of 3D printing, 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.

Wohlers Report 2013 provides an in-depth look at market forces, competitive products and services, and industry growth. The market for 3D printing in 2012, consisting of all products and services worldwide, grew 28.6% (CAGR) to $2.204 billion. This is up from $1.714 billion in 2011, when it grew 29.4%. Growth was 24.1% in 2010. The average annual growth (CAGR) of the industry over the past 25 years is an impressive 25.4%. The CAGR is 27.4% over the past three years (2010–2012).

Growth of the low-cost (under $5,000) “personal” 3D printer market segment averaged 346% each year from 2008 through 2011. In 2012, the increase cooled significantly to an estimated 46.3%, according to research by Wohlers Associates. Most of these machines are being sold to hobbyists, do-it-yourselfers, engineering students, and educational institutions.

The 3D printing industry is expected to continue strong double-digit growth over the next several years. By 2017, Wohlers Associates believes that the sale of 3D-printing products and services will approach $6 billion worldwide. By 2021, Wohlers Associates forecasts the industry to reach $10.8 billion. It took the 3D printing industry 20 years to reach $1 billion in size. In five additional years, the industry generated its second $1 billion. It is expected to double again, to $4 billion, in 2015.

About Wohlers Associates: Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. (The company uses the terms interchangeably.) For more information, visit http://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. 


                                                                                               

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Report
Development Team
The following individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2013
a
nd 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

Carl Dekker

Met-L-Flo

U.S.

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.

Pablo Elenter

Robtec

Brazil

Claus Emmelmann

LZN Laser Zentrum Nord

Germany

Ismail Fidan

Tennessee Tech University

U.S.

Tim Gornet

University of Louisville

U.S.

Joan Guasch

Ascamm

Spain

Ola Harrysson

North Carolina State University

U.S.

Seiji Hayano

Aspect

Japan

Ed Herderick

EWI

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

Ulf Lindhe

netfabb

Germany

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.

Erkut Neğiş

TurkCADCAM

Turkey

Randall Newton

Jon Peddie Research

U.S.

  John Obielodan  University of Wisconsin–Platteville  U.S.
  Charles Overy  LGM  U.S.
  Joris Peels  Voxelfab  Netherlands
  Michael Raphael  Direct Dimensions  U.S.
  Phil Reeves  Econolyst  England
  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