Additive manufacturing (AM) systems for metal parts are increasing in popularity, according to Wohlers Report 2014. The 19th annual edition, published recently, includes an in-depth review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing - terms that are used interchangeably. The worldwide study includes industry growth, competitive products and services, and a futuristic view on an industry that is creating unprecedented interest and excitement.
Wohlers Associates, an independent consulting firm that provides technical and strategic advice on new developments and trends in AM, 3D printing, and rapid product development, has been tracking the market for machines that produce metal parts for 14 years. This report marks only the second time for the company to publish detailed information on metal-based AM machine unit sales by year. In 2013, there were 348 of these metal AM machines sold, compared to 198 in 2012, an impressive growth rate of 75.8%.