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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, March 27, 2018—Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced today the release of Wohlers Report 2018, the industry-leading global report on the state of the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry, terms used interchangeably. Wohlers Associates has published its series of annual reports on AM for 23 consecutive years.

Wohlers Report 2018 is filled with insightful data and perspective to inform the reader of the most critical developments. According to the new report, an estimated 1,768 metal AM systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016, an increase of nearly 80%. This dramatic rise in metal AM system installations accompanies improved process monitoring and quality assurance measures in metal AM, although more work is ahead. Increasingly, global manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of producing metal parts by additive manufacturing.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, April 3, 2017—Wohlers Associates, Inc., recognized widely as the leading consulting firm and top authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide—terms that are used interchangeably—today announced the publication of the Wohlers Report 2017. This edition marks the 22nd consecutive year of the undisputed industry-leading report.

According to Wohlers Report 2017, 97 manufacturers produced and sold industrial 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 industrial AM systems.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, April 5, 2016—Wohlers Associates, Inc., recognized widely as the leading consulting firm and preeminent authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide—terms that are used interchangeably—today announced the publication of the Wohlers Report 2016. The 2016 edition marks the 21st consecutive year of its availability.

According to Wohlers Report 2016, the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew 25.9% (CAGR) to $5.165 billion in 2015. The CAGR for the previous three years was 31.5%. Over the past 27 years, the CAGR for the industry is an impressive 26.2%.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, April 6, 2015—Wohlers Associates, Inc., recognized widely as the leading consulting firm and foremost authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide, today announced the publication of the Wohlers Report 2015. This annual publication has served as the undisputed industry-leading report on the subject for two decades. Over the 20 years of its publication, many have referred to the report as the "bible" of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably.

The market for additive manufacturing, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.2% to $4.1 billion in 2014, according to Wohlers Report 2015. The industry expanded by more than $1 billion in 2014, with 49 manufacturers producing and selling industrial-grade AM machines. The CAGR over the past three years (2012–2014) was 33.8%.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 21, 2014—Additive manufacturing (AM) systems for metal parts are increasing in popularity, according to Wohlers Report 2014. The 19th annual edition, published recently, includes an in-depth review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably. The worldwide study includes industry growth, competitive products and services, and a futuristic view on an industry that is creating unprecedented interest and excitement.

Wohlers Associates has been tracking the market for machines that produce metal parts for 14 years. Wohlers Report 2014 marks only the second time for the company to publish detailed information on metal-based AM machine unit sales by year. The following chart shows that 348 of these machines were sold in 2013, compared to 198 in 2012—growth of an impressive 75.8%.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 1, 2014—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2014. The report marks the 19th consecutive year of its availability. The new publication provides an in-depth review and analysis of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably—worldwide. It includes industry growth, competitive products and services, and a futuristic perspective on an industry that has created tremendous interest and excitement in the recent past.

The market for 3D printing, consisting of all products and services worldwide, grew to $3.07 billion last year, according to the new report. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.9% is the highest in 17 years. The growth of worldwide revenues over the past 26 years has averaged 27%. The CAGR for the past three years (2011–2013) was 32.3%.

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.

FORT 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.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 15, 2012—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2012, an in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide. This new edition marks the 17th consecutive year of its publication. The report is the most thorough and comprehensive document of its kind. Its 287 pages are packed with up-to-date and practical information that includes 30 charts and graphs, 55 tables, and 219 photographs and illustrations. The annual study was created with support from 71 service providers, 27 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 57 co-authors from 21 countries.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of additive manufacturing was 29.4% in 2011, according to the new report. The CAGR for the industry’s 24-year history is 26.4%. The AM industry is expected to continue strong double-digit growth over the next several years. By 2015, Wohlers Associates believes that the sale of AM products and services will reach $3.7 billion worldwide, and by 2019, surpass the $6.5 billion mark.

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 16, 2011—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2011, an annual global study on the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing state of the industry. This 270-page report, considered by many to be the industry’s “Bible,” marks its 16th consecutive year of publication.

Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Additive manufacturing is used to build physical models, prototypes, patterns, tooling components, and production parts in plastic, metal, and composite materials.

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