The X line 2000R additive manufacturing machine from Concept Laser.
The X line 2000R additive manufacturing machine from Concept Laser.

AM specialist Concept Laser has reported a 54% increase in sales in 2015 compared to the previous year. In 2014 orders were received for 110 machines, while 161 machines were ordered in 2015, equating to a growth in volume of 46%. By the end of 2015, more than 550 laser melting machines have been installed by Concept Laser around the world.

The company’s number of employees also rose by 67% from 103 (2014) to 172 (2015).

‘All the signs are that additive manufacturing is currently undergoing a paradigm shift towards series production on an industrial scale,’ the company said. ‘New, more economical machine concepts are therefore required.’

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