Projected global additive manufacturing market size from 2010 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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This graph shows the size of the global additive manufacturing market size between 2010 and 2018. In 2018, the global additive manufacturing market is expected to be sized at 12.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are predicted to be a highly disruptive force within the global manufacturing industry. Between 2016 and 2030, the global additive manufacturing market is set to shift from prototyping to mass production of parts and accessories. By 2030, it is expected that additive manufacturing technologies will enable companies to produce finished products on a large scale. In the era of additive manufacturing, it is no longer necessary to use welding machines to fuse steel sheets or to employ cutting machines to mill components, as the job is done by industrial 3D printers. These marvelous machines are produced by the likes of Stratasys, 3D Systems, ExOne, SLM Solutions, Voxeljet and Arcam. The main materials used in 3D printing include metal and ceramic powders, resins and plastics, such as polyactic acid.

The rising number of application areas is expected to drive industry revenue, with the production of tooling components and patterns for metal castings being the most promising fields of growth. The market for additive manufacturing products and services is predicted to increase seven-fold and, by 2020, will likely exceed 20 billion U.S. dollars.
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Release date
April 2016
Survey time period
2010 to 2013
Supplementary notes
The figures for 2010 and 2013 are already accurate; includes products and services

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