Growth continued in many segments of the industry, particularly in metal AM, according to the report.
Growth continued in many segments of the industry, particularly in metal AM, according to the report.

According to the recently published Wohlers Report 2016, the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew 25.9% (CAGR) to US$5.165 billion in 2015. The CAGR for the previous three years was 33.8%. Over the past 27 years, the CAGR for the industry is a massive 26.2%.

The report was published by Wohlers Associates Inc, a leading consulting firm and the preeminent authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide. The report, which has been published each year for the past 21 years, is based on more than 20 years of data from companies in the AM industry. For Wohlers Report 2016, input was collected from 51 industrial system manufacturers, 98 service providers, 15 third-party material producers, and many manufacturers of low-cost desktop 3D printers.

According to Wohlers Associates, despite some challenges, growth continued in many segments of the industry, particularly in metal AM and the desktop 3D printer segments. In 2015, 62 manufacturers sold industrial-grade AM systems (valued at more than US$5,000), compared to 49 in 2014, and twice as many as the 31 companies that sold industrial systems in 2011. 

This story uses material from Wohlers, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.