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Special Report on 3D printing: Manufacturing's Changing Landscape

March 19th, 2015

Special Report on 3D printing: Manufacturing's Changing Landscape

Elizabeth Engler Modic , Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

March 19th, 2015

Additive manufacturing, a rapidly advancing technology, is growing in acceptance with plenty of support from industry and public initiatives.

The term does not matter – additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3D) are interchangeable. Understanding the market, where it’s going, how it’s used, what it means to manufacturers, and who to turn to for more knowledge and support does matter.

AM/3D printing is growing. According to the 19th edition of the Wohlers Report, published by Wohlers Associates Inc., companies are pushing the limits of AM/3D printing and applying the technology in new ways. The research projects the AM/3D printing industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018, estimating it grew $3.07 billion in 2013. By 2020, forecasted revenue should exceed $21 billion.

“The industry is experiencing change that has not been seen in 20-plus years,” states Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates, and one of two principal authors on the report. “What’s most exciting is that we have barely scratched the surface of what’s possible.”

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