This is a post by Cat McClintock on PTC site.

How big is the 3D printing industry? More than $6 billion USD big, according to the 2017 report by industry experts Wohlers. And it keeps getting bigger. Revenues were up more than 25% in 2015 and 17% in 2016. The number of companies who sell additive manufacturing systems has nearly doubled from 49 in 2014 to 97 in 2017.

 For design engineers that means that if you haven’t encountered additive manufacturing technology yet, you probably will very soon. And when you do, hopefully, your 3D CAD system will be ready for it.

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