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May 16, 2010

Filed under: additive manufacturing,CAD/CAM/CAE — Terry Wohlers @ 07:55

I am relieved to have published Wohlers Report 2010, our annual industry report on additive manufacturing (AM). This edition marks the 15th consecutive year to publish the report. I’d be lying if I said it is getting easier to produce each year, because it’s not. From January until very recently, many people from around the world gave a great deal of time and energy toward the creation of this 250-page publication.

Fifty-four co-authors wrote sections of the report. Some wrote a page or two, while others accepted responsibility for considerably more. I am especially thankful to Bill Beaver of York Technical College, Ping Fu of Geomagic, Ismail Fidan of Tennessee Tech University, Tim Gornet of the University of Louisville, Tom Mueller of Express Pattern, Michael Siemer of Mydea Technologies, and the teams at Loughborough University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Utah State University. All 54 contributors are named here.

I’m also appreciative of the 64 service providers and 33 system manufacturers that provided information, much of which is considered confidential. I am grateful for their trust and understanding of how the data is used to create composite totals on the current state of the industry. These totals allow us to produce charts and graphs that show overall trends and where the industry is headed.

My sincere thanks to all of these individuals and organizations. Without their help year after year, the report would not provide the degree of qualitative or quantitative analysis that we believe is important for any industry to better understand itself and advance to the next level.


  1. Hi Terry.
    In past years your reports have included market share estimates of cumulative commercial CAD seats. Can you tell me whether the 2010 report includes updated estimates? I ask because the 2010 Table of Contents contains an entry under Part 7: CAD solid modeling that reads “Seat count estimates more difficult.”

    Comment by mlevitt — July 15, 2010 @ 11:23

  2. Wohlers Report 2010 includes a table that shows the 2009 and cumulative commercial seat counts from the “big four” CAD companies. The table also includes annual revenues from these companies. The format of the table is identical to the past editions of the report. It also includes three pages that discuss the most recent developments and trends in CAD solid modeling.

    Comment by Terry Wohlers — July 24, 2010 @ 09:30