Metal Additive Manufacturing market by technology

Pre-pandemic level of machine sales could be held

Powder Bed Fusion continues to lead in terms of installed and annually sold machine units. Having the highest maturity index for metal Additive Manufacturing technology, PBF is used as production technology throughout all verticals. However, already in 2019 the number of sold units stagnated and was marked by no growth in sales. Despite this, many PBF system suppliers had an optimistic outlook and strong growth expectations as many industrial users are on track to prepare a larger scale use of AM technology. In 2020, these expectations could not be met as the pandemic led to delays or complete stops of sales projects. The struggles of many users and important industries for AM technology were followed by budget cuts and refocusing of efforts. Furthermore, the general restrictions in travel and transport did not only hinder the machine sales, but also the installation and service activities.