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An Industry 30+ Years in the Making

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The additive manufacturing industry has hit its stride, with countless startups offering a new breath of products and services around the world. They come at a time when mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings are at an all-time high. This cumulation of activity was anticipated by some many years ago, but it has taken decades to develop. Over this time, the AM industry has grown by 26.1% per year, on average, based on research conducted by Wohlers Associates since 1989. It is difficult to name another industrial sector that has grown at this level over such a lengthy period. Even so, the company’s research shows that AM represents 0.1% of the world's manufacturing economy and is only scratching the surface of what is possible.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a perspective of the past to better understand the future
  • Recognize the obstacles that prevent organizations from realizing the benefits of AM
  • Learn what your organization can do to take advantage of what AM has to offer