An in-depth worldwide progress report on the rapid prototyping and manufacturing state of the industry.
Reviews. Trends. Analysis. Commentary.
250-page report includes:
Wohlers Report 2006 offers a worldwide review and analysis of additive fabrication (also known as rapid prototyping). The technology encompasses modeling, prototyping, tooling, and series production applications. The report covers the growing range of applications and technologies, as well as the challenges that organizations face when trying to understand and make use of this fast-developing technology.
The report was developed with input from 47 co-authors, 53 service providers, 27 system manufacturers, and many others worldwide. To support the review and analysis, the softbound publication includes 26 charts and graphs, 44 tables, 131 photographs and illustrations, and seven appendices. This annual study has established a tradition of covering all facets of additive fabrication, including business, product, market, technology, research, and application.
2006 addresses many facets of
additive fabrication, including its history, the wide mix of applications,
the industries embracing the technology, annual revenues from products and
services, growth estimates, sales forecasts, and investor information. It
also provides current information on trends and developments in the areas
of service providers, system manufacturers, cast metal parts, direct metal
fabrication, advanced approaches to tooling, and exciting new applications
of rapid manufacturing.
report provides updates on new developments in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and
other parts of the world, follows the growth of CAD solid modeling,
reports on the advances in materials used for additive processes,
highlights opportunities in medical modeling, and lists applications and
technologies for 3D scanning and reverse engineering.
The final parts of
the report cover emerging technologies, government-sponsored research and
development, and college and university education and research. Wohlers
Report 2006 concludes with a discussion on the future of additive
fabrication—where it is headed and what to expect—to assist in
strategic planning and investing.
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