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Wohlers releases annual report on additive manufacturing/3-D printing

Wohlers Associates Inc. has released its Wohlers Report 2013, the company’s annual in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing worldwide.


The 297-page annual study costs $495, and was created with support from 74 service providers, 31 system manufacturers and the contributions of 69 co-authors from around the world. It includes 35 charts and graphs, 55 tables and 200 photographs and illustrations.

Wohlers Report 2013 covers all aspects of 3-D 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.

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Wohlers Associates Inc. has released its Wohlers Report 2013, the company’s annual in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing worldwide.

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

Growth of the low-cost (under $5,000) “personal” 3-D 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 3-D 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 5 years, the industry generated its second $1 billion. It is expected to double again, to $4 billion, in 2015.

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Posted May 29, 2013.