Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm that provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in Additive Manufacturing, has announced the publication of its Wohlers Report 2016. The 2016 edition marks the 21st consecutive year of the report’s publication.
According to Wohlers Report 2016, the Additive Manufacturing industry, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew 25.9% (CAGR) to $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 an impressive 26.2%.
For the 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. The report also included contributions from 80 experts in 33 countries.
Wohlers Associates reports that despite challenges growth continued in many segments of the diverse industry, particularly in metal AM and the desktop 3D printer segments. In 2015, 62 manufacturers sold industrial-grade AM systems (valued at more than $5,000), compared to 49 in 2014, and twice as many as the 31 companies that sold industrial systems in 2011. All of these companies, and many others, are profiled in Wohlers Report 2016.
Wohlers Report 2016 provides an in-depth review and analysis of the worldwide industry. It includes growth, competitive products and services and the future outlook. The report covers the technology’s history, applications, processes, materials and equipment manufacturers. It documents developments in R&D, investment and collaborative activities in government, academia and industry.
The 335-page Wohlers Report 2016 includes 35 charts and graphs, 68 tables, and 322 photographs and illustrations. It also includes more than 160 pages of supplemental online information that is available to the buyers of the report.