Global 3D printing market still grew 7.5 per cent during 2020

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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