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Wohlers Report 2018 Shows Increase in Metal Additive Manufacturing, Overall Industry Growth of 21%

By Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International Press Release

Wohlers Associates Inc. (Fort Collins, CO) announced the release of Wohlers Report 2018, a global report on the state of the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry. Wohlers Associates has published its series of annual reports on AM for 23 consecutive years.

Wohlers Report 2018 is filled with data and perspective to inform the reader of the most critical developments. According to the new report, an estimated 1768 metal AM systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016, an increase of nearly 80%. This rise in metal AM system installations accompanies improved process monitoring and quality assurance measures in metal AM, although more work is ahead. Increasingly, global manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of producing metal parts by additive manufacturing.

Wohlers Associates found that 135 companies around the world produced and sold industrial AM systems in 2017, up from 97 companies in 2016. These systems are defined as machines that sell for more than $5000. New system manufacturers are entering the AM market at a dizzying pace, while releasing machines with open material platforms, faster print speeds and lower pricing.

Read Manufacturing Engineering’s coverage of “AM Continues Rapid Ascent, Targets New Markets” by Ray Huff and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates. This article includes all the highlights from Wohlers Report 2018.


More than 70 co-authors and contributors from 32 countries shared data and expertise to form the basis of analysis in Wohlers Report 2018. This wealth of resources further strengthened the team at Wohlers Associates with insights into the AM industry.

Wohlers Report 2018 includes new and expanded sections on design for additive manufacturing, post-processing, and an impressive range of startup companies and research initiatives. These and many other new sections of the report provide practical and cautionary advice and guidelines for managers, researchers, educators and investors in organizations around the world.

The 344-page Wohlers Report 2018 includes 36 charts and graphs, 110 tables, and 192 photographs and illustrations. It also includes more than 160 pages of supplemental online information that is available to buyers of the report. Details on the new annual state of the industry report are available at:

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