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Trends... Analysis... Commentary. Commentary. Additive Manufacturing and 3d Printing State of the Industry Year 2015 Annual Worldwide Progress Report
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Wohlers Report 2015, available as a color PDF, provides a worldwide review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably. This edition marks the 20th consecutive year of publication.
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The report has served as the undisputed industry-leading report on the subject for two decades. Many have referred to it as the “bible” of 3D printing.
Wohlers Report 2015 includes 314 pages, 39 charts and graphs, 63 tables, and 279 images and illustrations. The report was developed with the support from 87 service providers, 40 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 78 co-authors in 31 countries.
Wohlers Associates is fortunate to have developed the largest network of friends and contacts in the industry. This access and trust has resulted in a report that offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing.
This study has established a tradition of covering all facets of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, including business, product, market, technology, research, and applications.
Preface: 20 years later Acknowledgments About the principal authors
The following 78 individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2015 and served as important sources for information.
The report PDF is for a single user and cannot be placed on a server or any other multi-user device or system. You can order a print/bound copy of the report here. More information for libraries can be found here.
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