Wohlers Report 2019, the 24th annual installment of the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing publication, says that the materials segment of the 3D printing industry saw record growth in 2018, with revenue from metals growing an estimated 41.9%, continuing a five-year streak of more than 40% growth each year. ‘Such strong activity among materials suppliers and customers is a telling indicator of the increasing use of AM for production applications,’ the report said.

Wohlers also noted that while industrial system manufacturers grew notably, desktop 3D printing systems that sell for under US$5,000 saw significant decline in annual growth. However, the overall AM market continues to trend upward, with many new players, hundreds of millions of dollars invested, and innovative new products designed for AM.

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