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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 13:35

Annual Wohlers Conference at Euromold 2015

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DEMAT GmbH and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 17th Annual International Wohlers Conference, to be held at Euromold 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany. This year’s conference, titled Global Visions of the Future, will occur on Wednesday, September 23. The Euromold 2015 trade fair is September 22–25 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre—the same location as the conference.

For the first time, the Wohlers event will be a part of three days of conference sessions at Euromold. The second and third days are being organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), with support from Wohlers Associates. “We are thrilled to have SME join us to strengthen the AM programming at Euromold,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “We warmly welcome SME as a partner in this year’s conference.”

Jeff Kowalski, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Autodesk, will serve as keynote speaker at the Wohlers conference. He will be joined by 12 carefully selected experts from Australia, Belgium, China, India, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Spain, and the USA. As speakers and panelists, they will provide views and perspective from around the world.

“Information on research, new applications, and technology trends is difficult to obtain in many regions of the world,” said Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates and chairman of a panel session at Euromold. “Pulling together top experts from nine countries on five continents in a single day is rare,” he remarked.

The 17th Annual International Wohlers Conference will feature the following topics, speakers, and panelists:

Welcome
Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, Chief Executive Officer
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)

Keynote: Additive Manufacturing x Generative Design = Another Manufacturing Revolution
Mr. Jeff Kowalski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Autodesk (USA)

Panel Session: 3D Printing Software Tools and Data
Mr. Ed Davis, Chief Technologist & Senior Strategy Manager, 3D Multi Jet Fusion Printing, HP (Spain)
Ms. Hilde Sevens, Director of Business Development, Autodesk (Belgium)
Mr. Emmett Lalish, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Microsoft (USA)
Chairman: Mr. Tim Caffrey, Senior Consultant, Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

Metal 3D Printing in China = Clone Wars?
Mr. Gordon Styles, President
Star Prototype China Limited (China)

Past, Present and Future of AM in Japan
Mr. Hidefumi Aoyama, General Manager, International Business Department
Aspect, Inc. (Japan)

Current Status of Korea’s AM Technology
Dr. Nak-Kyu Lee, Director, Korea AM Innovation Center
Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)

3D Printing State of the Industry in India
Dr. Mukesh Agarwala, Managing Director
3D Product Development (India)

3D Printing Across the Tasman
Ms. Alex Kingsbury
Research Group Leader, Additive Manufacturing
CSIRO (Australia)

AM in South Africa: Growth, New Applications, and Markets
Mr. Gerrie Booysen
Director, Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM)
Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)  (South Africa)

Adventures in 3D Printing and Public–Private Partnerships
Mr. Rob Gorham, Director of Operations
America Makes - National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (USA)

The Future of AM Worldwide
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

For more information, visit: www.euromold2015.com/en/framework-program/3d-printing-conference

Wohlers Associates, Inc., recognized widely as the leading consulting firm and foremost authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide, announced the publication of the Wohlers Report 2015. This annual publication has served as the industry-leading report on the subject for two decades. Over the 20 years of its publication, many have referred to the report as the "bible" of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably.

The market for additive manufacturing, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.2% to $4.1 billion in 2014, according to Wohlers Report 2015. The industry expanded by more than $1 billion in 2014, with 49 manufacturers producing and selling industrial-grade AM machines. The CAGR over the past three years (2012–2014) was 33.8%.

Wohlers Report 2015 provides an in-depth review and analysis of the industry worldwide. It includes growth, competitive products and services, and the future outlook for the industry. The comprehensive study covers all aspects of AM and 3D printing, including its history, applications, processes, materials, and equipment manufacturers. It covers developments in R&D, investment and collaborative activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the AM industry around the world.

Wohlers Associates reports that growth occurred in all segments of the diverse industry, including the low-cost “desktop” 3D printer segment. The use of industrial metal AM systems for demanding production applications in the aerospace and medical markets also grew strongly. The report thoroughly documents the increasingly rich range of technologies, markets, and business models that are emerging within the industry.

“The first Wohlers Report was published in April 1996,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “It was 40 pages in length and represented the first-ever published analysis of the industry worldwide. The AM industry represented a mere $295 million in 1995. A lot has changed in 20 years, and we’ve worked hard to document this change. I am proud to say that no other publication comes close to matching the depth and breadth of data and market analysis that is found in our annual report.”

Wohlers Report 2015 is an information-rich 314 pages, and includes 39 charts and graphs, 63 tables, and 279 images and illustrations. The report, which sells for $495, was developed with support from 87 service providers, 40 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 78 co-authors in 31 countries. Wohlers Associates is fortunate to have developed the largest network of friends and contacts in the industry. This access and trust has resulted in a report that offers an unparalleled window into AM and 3D printing.

For more information, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:18

16th Annual International Wohlers Conference

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DEMAT GmbH and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 16th Annual International Wohlers Conference, to be held at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s conference, titled The Truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain, will occur on Thursday, November 27. Past conferences have focused on the most important developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing. The EuroMold trade fair is November 25–28 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt. This year’s event marks the 21th anniversary of EuroMold.

The Wohlers conference will concentrate on the supply of AM machines, materials, and services worldwide. Over the past 24 months, AM has gripped the attention of the media, national governments, investors, and corporations around the world. Some of the biggest companies and brands are investigating AM. Adobe, Amazon, Airbus, Autodesk, Boeing, Dell, GE, Google, Hewlett–Packard, Microsoft, Staples, and UPS are among the companies that have made some level of commitment to the technology. Many others are evaluating it.

Speakers at the conference will discuss the many opportunities and challenges associated with the present and future AM supply chain. “It is not as evolved as it may seem,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “Investment is at an all-time high, and it will certainly help, but enormous hurdles must be overcome,” Wohlers explained.

Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT, the company that organizes EuroMold, agrees. “EuroMold exhibitors are presented with vast opportunities in additive manufacturing,” he said. “However, so much work needs to be done. EuroMold is the perfect place to discuss problems and solutions, negotiate partnerships, and initiate new projects that can make a difference,” Döring stated.

The conference includes expert speakers from Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA. They were selected for their expertise in research, development, and business, as well as their strong reputation internationally in additive manufacturing. Collectively, they represent decades of knowledge and experience in AM and 3D printing. Anyone exploring opportunities in AM will not want to miss this event.

EuroMold 2014 is expected to draw more than 50,000 international visitors and 1,000+ exhibitors from over 30 countries. Among them will be 100 first-time exhibitors. Last year, designers, engineers, managers, executives, and others from 92 countries attended EuroMold.

The November 27, 2014 conference will feature the following topics and speakers:

Welcome
Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, Chief Executive Officer
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)

Keynote: Opportunities and Challenges for Future Industrial Production
Mr. Peter Sander, Vice President and Manager, Emerging Technologies & Concepts
Airbus Operations GmbH Hamburg (Germany)

The Impact of Recent Developments in AM
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

Implications of AM on the Supply Chain and Vice Versa
Dr. Olaf Rehme, Project Manager for Additive Manufacturing
Corporate Technology, Research & Technology Center, Siemens AG (Germany)

HP’s Digitization Journey in Print Manufacturing: Lessons for 3D Printing
Mr. J. Scott Schiller, Worldwide Director, HP 3D Printing
Graphics Solutions Business, Hewlett-Packard Company (Spain)

The Industrialization of Metal Powders
Mr. John E. Barnes, Director of High Performance Metal Technologies
CSIRO (Australia)

Current AM Production and Near Term Evolution
Mr. Paolo Gennaro, Additive Manufacturing Sales Director
AvioAero (Italy)

Additive Manufacturing in China
Dr. Xiaoshu Xu, CEO and Technical Director
Hunan Farsoon High-tech Co., Ltd. (China)

Printing the Future of Optics
Mr. Richard van de Vrie, President and CEO
LUXeXceL Group (Netherlands)

The Realities of Direct Metal Printing
Dr. Ing. Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, Operations Manager, Direct Metal Printing
LayerWise (Belgium)

Business-to-Consumer Supply Chains in 3D Printing
Mr. Tim Caffrey, Senior Consultant
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

For more information, visit: www.euromold.com/index.php?id=115&l=1

MecklerMedia (OTCQX: MECK) and Wohlers Associates have jointly announced a special consulting dinner with additive manufacturing and 3D printing consultant and analyst Terry Wohlers. It will coincide with the Inside 3D Printing event, taking place in Santa Clara, California, October 21-23, 2014.

Wohlers is the founder, principal consultant, and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that has provided technical and strategic assistance to more than 240 organizations in 24 countries. The company has also provided detailed insight to nearly 150 companies in the investment community. Wohlers associates was established in 1986 and provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development.

Although consultations with the firm can be difficult to obtain, Inside 3D Printing will provide the opportunity to spend two hours with Wohlers discussing business opportunities and speaking in depth about his company’s predictions for 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

The Wohlers Associates Consulting Dinner is limited to 40 guests, all of whom will receive dinner, wine, and a detailed highlights package. The dinner will take place on the first day of the event.

For more information or to register, visit: www.inside3dprinting.com/santa-clara/2014/register

Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2014. The report marks the 19th consecutive year of its availability. The new publication provides an in-depth review and analysis of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably—worldwide. It includes industry growth, competitive products and services, and a futuristic perspective on an industry that has created tremendous interest and excitement in the recent past.

The market for 3D printing, consisting of all products and services worldwide, grew to $3.07 billion last year, according to the new report. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.9% is the highest in 17 years. The growth of worldwide revenues over the past 26 years has averaged 27%. The CAGR for the past three years (2011–2013) was 32.3%.

Wohlers Report 2014 is a comprehensive study that covers all aspects of 3D printing, including its history, applications, processes, materials, and manufacturers. It covers developments in R&D, investment, collaborative activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the industry from around the world.

Wohlers Associates believes the industry will continue strong growth over the next several years, fueled by sales of under $5,000 “personal” 3D printers, as well as the expanded use of the technology for the production of parts, especially metal, that go into final products. "The industry is experiencing change that we have not seen in 20+ years of tracking it," stated Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at the company and one of two principal authors of the new report. He added, "What's most exciting is that we have barely scratched the surface of what's possible."

The 276-page annual study is packed with up-to-date and practical information that includes 35 charts and graphs, 60 tables, and 248 images and illustrations. The report was created with support from 82 service providers, 29 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 70 co-authors in 24 countries.

About Wohlers Associates: Established in 1986, Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development. Wohlers Associates has completed consulting projects for more than 240 client organizations in 24 countries around the world. The company has also provided detailed advice to 150 companies in the investment community.

For more information, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:13

Olaf Diegel Joins Wohlers Associates

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Wohlers Associates announced today that Olaf Diegel, PhD has joined the company as an associate consultant. The company also announced that Tim Caffrey has been promoted to senior consultant.

Dr. Diegel is a professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. As founder and CEO of ODD Guitars, he has designed, built, and finished an impressive and widely recognized line of 3D-printed guitars. Over the past 10 years, Diegel has developed more than 60 commercial products for theater lighting, security, marine, and home health monitoring.

Dr. Diegel was born in New Zealand and grew up in Canada, and has lived in Japan, South Africa, Germany, and the UK. He returned to New Zealand with his wife, where they have lived for past 21 years. His international perspective, coupled with impressive CAD, design, and product development experience, further enhances the global and technical capabilities at Wohlers Associates.

Mr. Caffrey has worked with Wohlers Associates since 2000 and has brought a unique combination of experience in aerospace, engineering, additive manufacturing, and technical writing. In 2010, he accepted a much larger role at the company and has since managed many consulting projects and presented at industry events internationally. Caffrey is one of two principal authors of the Wohlers Report, the company’s annual state of the industry publication on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide.

“I am excited to have Olaf as part of our team,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “He has an excellent reputation and his work is renowned internationally. I’m also happy about Tim’s advancement in the company. His performance and professionalism have been outstanding over the years.”

The independent consulting firm provides technical and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. The company has worked with more than 240 client organizations in 24 countries around the world, as well as over 100 companies in the investment community.

For more information, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com

Monday, 07 October 2013 09:04

15th Annual International Wohlers Conference

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DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 15th Annual International Wohlers Conference to be held at EuroMold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s conference, titled Business and Investment Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, takes place on Thursday, December 5. Past conferences have featured major developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing. The EuroMold trade fair is December 3–6 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt. This year’s trade fair marks the 20th anniversary of EuroMold.

The upcoming conference will concentrate on business and investment opportunities in the AM and 3D printing industry. AM technologies have captured the attention of the mainstream media, government agencies at all levels, and investors around the world. Interest and investment are at an all-time high, and they are leading to new businesses, business models, products, services, and organizations. Anyone exploring opportunities in AM and about to make important business decisions will want to attend this event.

AM is transitioning from a technology used for prototyping to technology for the production of final products. Speakers at the conference will discuss many of the issues and challenges related to this transition to final products. “The industry is experiencing extraordinary change,” said Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT (the company that sponsors EuroMold). “Countless opportunities are developing, and they extend beyond the engineering and scientific communities. Some of the largest corporations and brands in the world are engaging in AM.”

The conference includes nine speakers from Belgium, China, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA. They were carefully selected for their expertise in research, development, business, and investment in additive manufacturing. Collectively, they represent decades of knowledge and experience in AM and 3D printing. Each speaker brings unique insight to the event.

Last year, 1,086 exhibitors from 35 countries and 55,965 designers, engineers, managers, and executives from 92 countries participated in EuroMold. These individuals and organizations represent many industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, packaging, household appliances, furniture, sporting goods, and toys. DEMAT organizes some of the most successful trade fairs in Europe and other parts of the world.

The December 5, 2013 conference will feature the following topics and speakers:

Welcome
Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, Chief Executive Officer
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)

Keynote: Additive Manufacturing Tales from the Antipodes
Dr. Olaf Diegel, CEO
ODD Guitars (New Zealand)

Unprecedented Opportunities Abound
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

3D Printing Investments in China
Mr. James Yu, CEO and Chairman
WestingCut Group (China)

New AM Business Opportunities and Investments in South Africa
Prof. Deon de Beer, Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Innovation
Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)

Future AM Business Opportunities from the “Marble Model” Perspective
Wilfried Vancraen, CEO
Materialise (Belgium)

The Value Proposition for Medical Applications of AM
Mr. Andy Christensen, President
Medical Modeling Inc. (USA)

Intellectual Property Considerations When Investing in AM
William J. Cass, Partner
Cantor Colburn LLP (USA)

A Material Producer’s Perspective on Additive Manufacturing
Ms. Sylvia Monsheimer, Director of Additive Manufacturing
Evonik Industries AG (Germany)

AM Investments in the USA
Tim Caffrey, Associate Consultant
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

For more information, visit: www.euromold.com/index.php?id=115&l=1

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:18

Wohlers Associates Publishes 2013 Report

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Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced the release of the Wohlers Report 2013, the company's annual in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide. The report reveals trends that suggest the U.S. may be losing its competitive advantage in the AM industry.

Wohlers Report 2013 covers all aspects of additive manufacturing, including its history, applications, processes, manufacturers, and materials. It documents pertinent developments in the past 18 months, covers R&D and collaboration activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the industry in countries around the world. This edition marks the report's 18th consecutive year of publication.

According to the new report, 38% of all industrial AM installations are in the U.S. Japan is second with 9.7%, followed by Germany with 9.4%, and China with 8.7%. Sixteen companies in Europe, seven in China, five in the U.S., and two in Japan now manufacture and sell professional-grade, industrial additive manufacturing systems. "This is a dramatic change from a decade ago, when the mix was ten in the U.S., seven in Europe, seven in Japan, and three in China," said Tim Caffrey, a principal author of the new report and associate consultant at Wohlers Associates.

To maintain a competitive advantage, the White House launched the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) last year with the support of several agencies, including the Department of Defense. This initiative seeks to accelerate the position of the U.S. in the development and use of AM technology. "It will not be easy, given what organizations in China and other regions of the world have planned," explained Terry Wohlers, a principal author of the report and president of Wohlers Associates. China, Singapore, South Africa, and many countries in Europe have committed hundreds of millions of dollars in AM development and commercialization over the next few years.

Wohlers Associates' advice to key leaders in the U.S. is to focus on the big picture with big goals, such as the development of metal-based powder bed fusion systems and other advanced AM system technology. Market forces and competitive pressures will take care of the smaller challenges and incremental technology improvements.

According to Wohlers Report 2013, revenues from all additive manufacturing products and services worldwide were $2.204 billion in 2012. This is up 28.6% (CAGR) from 2011. An estimated 28.3% of the $2.204 billion is tied to the production of parts for final products, rather than models, prototypes, patterns, and other types of parts.
 
The annual study is packed with up-to-date and practical information. It includes 35 charts and graphs, 55 tables, and 200 photographs and illustrations. The report was created with support from 74 service providers, 31 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 69 co-authors from around the world.

For more information, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:50

14th Annual International Wohlers Conference

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DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 14th Annual International Wohlers Conference to be held at EuroMold 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled Advances in Metal Additive Manufacturing, takes place on Thursday, November 29. The EuroMold trade fair is being held November 27-30 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.

Past conferences have featured major developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing. This year's event will focus on high-value metal parts produced by additive manufacturing. Aerospace companies are hard at work qualifying materials and processes and certifying new designs. Medical companies in Europe are using AM to produce metal orthopedic implants in the tens of thousands. Metal products for consumers are also being produced by additive manufacturing. Meanwhile, new AM processes are being developed that are capable of producing relatively large metal parts at a much faster rate.

"Metal-based additive manufacturing has developed more impressively in 10 years than AM for plastics developed in more than two decades," said Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT. Already, hundreds of thousands of series production parts have been produced in this way. "This segment of the industry has quickly gained impressive traction," Döring stated. The degree of attention that additive manufacturing is currently receiving, including metal parts from AM systems, is at an all-time high.

The conference includes nine speakers from England, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and the USA, selected for their expertise in metal additive manufacturing. With differing backgrounds and experiences, each speaker brings a unique perspective to the event. Collectively, they represent decades of knowledge in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Last year, 1,324 exhibitors from 38 countries and 57,955 designers, engineers, managers, and executives from 97 countries participated in EuroMold. These individuals and organizations represent many industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, packaging, household appliances, furniture, sporting goods, and toys.

DEMAT organizes some of the most successful trade fairs in Europe and other parts of the world. Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing.


The November 29, 2012 conference will feature the following topics and speakers:

Welcome
Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, Chief Executive Officer
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)

Growth of Metal Additive Manufacturing
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

Keynote: High-Speed Laser Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Ing. Ingomar Kelbassa, Department Head
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Germany)

AeroSwift: The Development of an AM System for Aerospace
Mr. Marius Vermeulen, Program Manager of Additive Manufacturing
Aerosud (South Africa)

Additive Metals: Thinking Outside the Build
Mr. Greg Morris, CEO
Morris Technologies (USA)

National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Mr. Tim Caffrey, Associate Consultant
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

Transforming Metal Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Ryan Dehoff, Technical Lead for Metal Additive Manufacturing
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA)

The Production of Orthopaedic Implants Using Electron Beam Melting
Dr.-Ing. Michele Pressacco, Product Development Manager
Lima Corporate (Italy)

Electron Beam Melting for Implants: Past Experiences and a Look into the Future
Mr. Andy Christensen, President and Owner
Medical Modeling Inc. (USA)

The Commercial State of Precious Metal Laser Sintering and Melting
Mr. Frank Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre
Birmingham City University School of Jewellery (UK)


For more information, visit: www.euromold.com/index.php?id=115&l=1

Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2012, an in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide. This new edition marks the 17th consecutive year of its publication. The report is the most thorough and comprehensive document of its kind. Its 287 pages are packed with up-to-date and practical information that includes 30 charts and graphs, 55 tables, and 219 photographs and illustrations. The annual study was created with support from 71 service providers, 27 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 57 co-authors from 21 countries.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of additive manufacturing was 29.4% in 2011, according to the new report. The CAGR for the industry’s 24-year history is 26.4%. The AM industry is expected to continue strong double-digit growth over the next several years. By 2015, Wohlers Associates believes that the sale of AM products and services will reach $3.7 billion worldwide, and by 2019, surpass the $6.5 billion mark.

Wohlers Report 2012 covers all aspects of additive manufacturing, including its history, applications, processes, manufacturers, and materials. It documents pertinent developments in the past year, covers R&D and collaboration activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the industry in countries around the world. It also tracks the extraordinary growth of personal 3D printers—machines priced under $5,000, with the majority in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

“No other organization has access to this depth of data and statistics,” said Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates and a principal author of the new report. The information is used to track industry growth, provide views and perspective, uncover trends, and offer insight into the future of additive manufacturing. “The 2012 edition is the most ambitious effort in the report’s history,” Wohlers said. Major new parts on applications, materials and processes, and front- and back-end considerations were added. The final part of the report concludes with 19 trends that are expected to shape the future of the technology and industry.

“The information in the new report represents 17 years of collecting and analyzing data, which is unique to the AM industry,” said Tim Caffrey, associate consultant at Wohlers Associates and a principal author of Wohlers Report 2012. “We’ve added a considerable amount of new content and reorganized much of the material. We hope that this year’s edition, which uses ASTM standard terminology, serves as a valuable resource for its many readers.”

The report sells for $495 worldwide and is available in PDF form. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at wohlersassociates.com.

Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Additive manufacturing is used to build physical models, prototypes, patterns, tooling components, and production parts in plastic, metal, and composite materials. AM systems use thin, horizontal cross sections from computer-aided design (CAD) models, 3D-scanning systems, medical scanners, and video games to produce parts that can be difficult or impossible to produce any other way.

Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing.

For more information, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com

DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 13th Annual International Wohlers Conference to be held at EuroMold 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled Design Innovation from Additive Manufacturing, takes place on Thursday, December 1. The EuroMold trade fair is November 29 – December 2 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.

Past conferences have brought into focus trends and major developments in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing. This year's event will concentrate on how AM is allowing people to unlock ideas and produce designs that were impossible to manufacture in the past. Many of the parts and assemblies being developed are unprecedented. AM is allowing designers and engineers to reduce the number of parts that would otherwise go into a product, as well as cut inventory, assembly, labor, maintenance, material, weight, and carbon emissions.

"Innovations in design are inspiring others to use AM to create products that were before unimaginable," said Dr. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT. This work is expected to lead to a staggering amount of design innovation in the future. "What we have seen thus far is exciting, but it's only the tip of the iceberg," Döring stated.

The conference features nine carefully-selected speakers from Belgium, England, Germany, South Africa, and the USA. Together, these individuals represent an impressive amount of knowledge and experience in product development and additive manufacturing. With design innovation believed to be at an all-time high, due to advances in AM technology, the speakers are expected to reveal some mind-blowing concepts that bear little resemblance to designs from the past.

Last year, 1,384 exhibitors from 38 countries and 55,301 designers, engineers, managers, and executives from 86 countries participated in EuroMold. Those in attendance represented a wide range of industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, packaging, household appliances, furniture, sporting goods, and toys.

DEMAT organizes some of the most successful trade fairs in Europe and other parts of the world. For more information on the December 1 conference and EuroMold, visit: euromold.demat.com/index.php?id=115&l=1

Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. For more information, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com


The December 1, 2011 conference will feature the following topics and speakers:

Welcome Address
Dr. Eberhard Döring, Chief Executive Officer
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)

Keynote: Atoms Are the New Bits
Dr. Ping Fu, CEO
Geomagic, Inc. (USA)

Light Weight and Complex Part Design
Dr. Ian Halliday, CEO
3T RPD Ltd. (UK)

Design Innovation Capabilities and New AM Material Opportunities at EADS
Mr. Frank Palm, Senior Expert, Welded Structures & Processes
EADS (Germany)

AM’s Impact on Design: A Veteran’s Perspective
Mr. David Leigh, President
Harvest Technologies (USA)

Design Innovation with AM Starts at the Idea Phase
Dr. Eric Klemp, Commercial Director
Direct Manufacturing Research Center (Germany)

AM Inspired Design
Prof. Deon de Beer, Executive Director, Technology Transfer & Innovation
Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)

Revolutionizing Design through Additive Manufacturing
Mr. Wim Michiels, Executive Vice President
Materialise NV (Belgium)

Providing Added Value through Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Lionel Theodore Dean, Creative Director
FutureFactories (UK)

The Future of Design Innovation with AM
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:46

Industry Briefing from Wohlers Associates

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Service Providers

Service providers, also referred to as service bureaus, offer part building services to design and manufacturing organizations as an outsourced service. These services typically include parts made by additive manufacturing as well as secondary services such as design, CAD, reverse engineering, cast urethane parts, custom painting, CNC, metal castings, and injection molding.

For many years, Wohlers Associates has sought input from service providers to help determine the state of the industry. This year, 70 companies in 19 countries participated in a formal survey. Thirty-seven are from the U.S., six from Germany, four from India, three from Belgium and the UK, two each from Australia, Italy, and Turkey, and one each from Brazil, Canada, China, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand.

Most of the service providers offer services other than additive manufacturing. The most popular are design and CAD services, which are offered by 75% of those surveyed. Urethane casting, sometimes referred to as vacuum casting, is the second most popular and offered by 68.8% of the respondents. Engineering services, at 59.4%, is third. Other popular services include injection mold tooling (45.3%), 3D scanning/reverse engineering (43.8%), and injection molding (40.6%). Only 26.6% of the respondents offer metal casting.

The chart at www.wohlersassociates.com/sp.htm shows the percentage of survey respondents that added additive manufacturing systems to their operations. Nearly 40% added new machines in 2010, compared to less than 22% the year before. In 2009, companies showed that they neither had the cash to invest in additional systems nor the confidence that business would be there if they did. Several companies sold off unused capacity to lower overhead and provide additional working capital. With an improving economy and increasing product development and manufacturing, the situation changed in 2010.

Note: The previous information was taken from Wohlers Report 2011, a 270-page global study focusing on the advances in additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide. A detailed overview of the report, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at: www.wohlersassociates.com

Wohlers Talk: Universities Create Wealth

Someone once said that our university system is the envy of the world. I don’t know whether this is true, but I do know that we have many special institutions of higher education within our borders. One is Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an organization that has produced more than I would have ever thought.

MIT graduates have founded 25,800 companies, according to the January 22, 2011 issue of The Economist. These companies employ 3.3 million people and generate annual sales of $3 trillion, according to the article. This is more than three times the gross domestic product (GDP) of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and many other countries.

Another article in the same issue of The Economist stated that 41% of millionaires worldwide live in the U.S. This is an extraordinary percentage when considering the world population. The article went on to say that the world’s most wealthy are entrepreneurs that started a business.

Our university system has undoubtedly contributed greatly to entrepreneurism, which has led to personal and national wealth. If one university can do what it has done—albeit MIT—imagine what the more than 4,800 colleges and universities spread across the U.S. are achieving. Regardless of what you might hear from others, supporting higher education is a wise investment..

Note: Wohlers Talk is a blog that offers views, perspective, and commentary on rapid product development and a wide range of other topics. Nearly 230 commentaries have been published. To view them, visit: www.wohlersassociates.com/blog

Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2011, an annual global study on the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing state of the industry. This 270-page report, considered by many to be the industry’s “Bible,” marks its 16th consecutive year of publication.

Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Additive manufacturing is used to build physical models, prototypes, patterns, tooling components, and production parts in plastic, metal, and composite materials.

The new report documents the latest developments in additive manufacturing technologies, including the explosive growth of low-cost “personal” systems that support the do-it-yourself “maker movement.” It discusses other trends in the industry, such as the rapid development of metal materials and the increasing use of these technologies for the production of end-use products.

According to Wohlers Report 2011, the AM industry rebounded strongly in 2010 from the global economic recession. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of revenues produced by all AM products and services in 2010 was 24.1%. In 2009, the industry declined by 9.7%. The CAGR for the industry's 23-year history is an impressive 26.2%.

“I am happy to see the additive manufacturing industry recover as quickly as it has,” said Tim Caffrey, associate consultant at Wohlers Associates and a major contributor of content and editorial for the new edition of the report. “We expect the industry to continue its strong double-digit growth over the next several years,” Caffrey stated. Wohlers Associates conservatively forecasts industry-wide growth to be $3.1 billion by 2016 and $5.2 billion by 2020.

The report includes new sections on intellectual property and product liability implications, and expanded information on end-use part production. It also includes industry growth estimates and forecasts, new developments and business opportunities, emerging applications, research and development, and where the industry is headed in the future. The study was created with support from 58 co-authors, 70 service providers, 32 system manufacturers, and many others worldwide. To support the review and analysis, the report includes 43 charts and graphs, 60 tables, and 176 photographs and illustrations.

The report is priced at US$495 worldwide and is available in PDF form. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at: www.wohlersassociates.com

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