Additive manufacturing consultancy Wohlers Associates has released its 26th annual Wohlers Report, finding that the global AM industry continued to grow during a difficult 2020.
According to the firm’s research, the market for 3D printing equipment, services and materials grew 7.5 per cent to $US 12.8 billion. This compares to an average annual growth rate of 27.4 per cent in the last decade.
“Most established manufacturers of AM systems saw a decline in equipment sales, but many less-established companies grew in 2020,” WA said in a statement.
A release singles out growth by independent service providers during the year, calculated to have been up 7.1 per cent to $US 5.3 billion in value. (See picture below.)
Wohlers Report 2021 features input from 124 service providers, 113 machine manufacturers, and 24 producers of third-party materials.
Picture: Concept Laser
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