Wohlers Report

Wohlers Report 2010

State of the Industry
Annual Worldwide Progress Report ISBN 0-9754429-6-1

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the author
Focus of this report
Introduction to additive fabrication

PART 1: BACKGROUND

  • History of additive manufacturing
    • The past 12 months
  • Industries and regions benefiting from the technology
    • How companies are applying AM processes
    • Installations by country
  • Applications
    • Custom manufacturing
    • Communication
    • Engineering changes
    • Powerful ideas and proposals
    • Concept models
    • Verifying CAD databases
    • Styling and ergonomics
    • Fit and functional testing
    • Prototyping
    • Metal castings
    • equests for quotes
    • Tooling
    • Biomanufacturing
    • Unlimited potential

PART 2: INDUSTRY GROWTH

  • Revenue growth and forecasts
    • Products and services
    • Annual revenue growth percentages
    • Material sales
    • Revenue from service providers
    • Secondary market
    • Revenue from other services
  • Unit sales growth and forecasts
    • Long-range forecast
    • Unit sales growth percentages
    • Market shares
    • Systems sold by region
    • Market shares by manufacturer
    • Unit sales by manufacturer and year
    • 3D printer sales
    • 3D printers are dominating
  • Service providers
    • Measuring growth trends
    • Difficult economy
    • Remarks on the recent state of business
    • The future

PART 3: SYSTEM MANUFACTURERS

  • Arcam
  • Bits From Bytes
  • Concept Laser
  • Create It Real
  • DWS
  • EasyCLAD Systems
  • Envisiontec
  • EOS
    • Part Property Profiles
    • New materials
    • DMLS mold inserts
    • Other developments
  • Ex One
  • Fab@Home
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Honeywell
  • Huntsman
  • MakerBot Industries
  • Mcor
  • MTT
    • SLM 125 and SLM 250
    • Selective laser printing
  • Objet Geometries
    • Connex350
    • New materials
    • Other developments
  • Optomec
  • Phenix Systems
  • POM
  • ReaLizer
  • Sintermask
  • Solidica
  • Solido
  • Solidscape
  • Stratasys
    • Agreement with HP
    • uPrint
    • Other developments
  • 3D Systems
    • Flurry of acquisitions
    • SL and LS
    • 3D printers
  • Voxeljet
  • Z Corp.
    • ZPrinter 350
    • Newest material
    • Other developments
  • Investor update
    • Revenues and earnings
    • Outlook

PART 4: ASIA AND EUROPE

  • Asia/Pacific
    • China
    • Major technology players
    • Chinese machines
    • Taiwanese machine
    • Korean machines
    • India
  • Japan
    • Stereolithography
    • FDM
    • Laser sintering
    • Service providers
    • The future
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • France
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • The Netherlands
    • Denmark
    • Finland
    • Belgium
    • Portugal
    • Slovenia
  • Other regions
    • South Africa
    • Groups and associations

PART 5: METAL PARTS AND TOOLING

  • Direct metal parts
    • Laser-based, powder-bed systems
    • Powder deposition systems
    • Other approaches
    • Materials testing and international standards
  • Cast metal parts
    • Investment casting
    • Sand, V-Process, and plaster mold casting
    • Systems that create molds and cores directly
    • Die casting
  • Tooling solutions
  • High-performance tooling
  • Direct tooling approaches
    • DMLS
    • Laser consolidation
    • FDM tooling
  • Indirect tooling approaches
    • Silicone rubber tooling
    • Reconfigurable Tooling Systems
    • Other options
  • Alternatives
    • CNC-machined tooling
    • Hybrid tooling

PART 6: DIRECT PART PRODUCTION

  • Changing the way you manufacture
  • Why use AM for production?
    • Reduction of tooling
    • Part consolidation
    • Part quality
    • ASTM F42 Committee
  • Cost analysis and economics
    • Production implications
    • Strategic implications
  • Economic and environmental considerations
    • Displacing energy intensive processes
    • Raw material consumption and waste
    • Optimized and efficient shapes
    • Reducing supply chain transportation
    • Producing lightweight parts
  • Applications and industries
    • Aerospace
    • Military and marine
    • Automotive
    • Machinery
    • Medical and dental
    • Consumer products
    • Games and entertainment
    • Furniture and home accessories
    • Art and jewelry
    • Gifts, awards, and trophies
    • Museum displays
  • Challenges and required research
    • AM processes
    • AM materials and related considerations
    • Organization, management, and supply chain issues
    • Future growth potential

PART 7: OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

  • CAD solid modeling
    • Interoperability matures, sustainability on hold
    • CAD/PLM revenue woes
    • Seat count estimates more difficult
  • Materials
    • LS powders
    • PolyJet resins
    • SL resin
    • Plastic filaments
    • Coatings and other treatments
  • Medical applications
    • Anatomical and surgical models
    • Medical imaging options
    • Medical imaging-processing software
    • Materials for medical modeling
    • Additive methods for medical modeling
    • Personalized metal implant production
    • Acetabular cups
    • DMLS for surgical implants
  • 3D scanning and reverse engineering
    • 3D-scanning applications
    • 3D-scanning hardware
    • Hardware limitations
    • Processing software

PART 8: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Patents
  • Technology development
    • Metallic materials
    • Ceramic materials
    • Biomanufacturing
  • Open-source systems
    • RepRap
    • Fab@Home
    • Development direction
  • Nanomanufacturing
    • Examples
    • Liquid glass nanospray
    • World's smallest radio
  • U.S. government-sponsored R&D
    • National Science Foundation
    • Meso, micro, and nanoscale technology
    • Applications of existing AM technology
    • Education
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Department of Defense
  • College and university education and research
    • Educational activities in additive manufacturing
    • Research and teaching
    • Institutions with AM capabilities
    • Future trends and contributions

PART 9: WHERE IT'S ALL HEADED

  • Professional markets
    • Orthopedics
    • Dentistry
    • Aerospace
    • New kinds of products
  • Consumer markets
    • Video games
    • 3D imaging
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurs
    • Neighborhood manufacturing
    • 21st century ThingMaker
  • Challenges
    • Material choice and cost
    • Old design habits
    • Processing orders
    • The future
    • Where to learn more

APPENDICES

  • Appendix A: Glossary of terms
  • Appendix B: System and material manufacturers
    • Canada
    • China
    • England
    • France
    • Germany
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • United States
  • Appendix C: U.S. system specifications
  • Appendix D: Systems manufactured outside the U.S.
  • Appendix E: Material properties
  • Appendix F: Metal fabrication comparison matrix
  • Appendix G: 3D scanning systems
  • Appendix H: 3D scan processing software