Growth of 3D Printers
Wohlers Associates estimates that Stratasys, Z Corp., 3D Systems, Objet
Geometries, Envisiontec, and Solidimension sold 3D printers valued at
$100.2 million in 2005. This is up 35.2% from the $74.1 million in 3D
printers sold in 2004, although down from the 99.5% growth in 2004.
In unit sales, most 3D printer manufacturers had a solid 2005. The graph
shows the impressive growth in recent years.
3D printers account for 70% of all additive systems sold in 2005. This is
up from 66.8% in 2004. Meanwhile, 3D printers represent 44.3% of all
additive systems installed worldwide through the end of 2005. This is up
from 37.9% in 2004, 30.7% in 2003, and 25.8% in 2002.
Several indicators suggest strong growth for 3D printers over the next
several years. If the worldwide economy remains relatively strong, an
estimated 15,000 3D printers are expected to sell annually by 2010,
according to Wohlers Report 2006.
Note: The previous information was excerpted from Wohlers Report 2006. A
detailed overview of the report, as well as additional information on the
market and industry, are available at http://wohlersassociates.com.
Wohlers Talk: New Products at
EuroMold 2006 was held November 29 – December 2 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The large trade fair consisted of nearly 1,700 exhibitors from 45
countries spread across six exhibit halls. More than 60,000 people from 72
countries attended. Several new products were introduced.
EOS unveiled its
€150,000 FORMIGA P 100 laser sintering system, as well as its new
EOSINT P 730 and EOSINT P 390 systems.
Envisiontec introduced its
Perfactory Desktop system for €30,000. Also, it showed an epoxy
resin, as well as a UV machine that uses Digital Light Processing (DLP)
Voxeljet, a sublicensee of
Z Corporation’s 3DP powder/binder technology, showed a machine that
produces parts as large as 850 x 450 x 500 mm in PMMA. The machine was
running and building parts and they looked good.
MCP displayed impressive
aluminum and titanium alloy parts and introduced its SLM 100, a
smaller and lower cost metal fabrication system that is listed at
Next Factory exhibited a
faster stereolithography machine, as well as a much larger system that
it is currently being tested.
distributed sample hearing aid shells produced on its PolyJet system.
The photopolymers are said to be safe for long-term skin contact.
EuroMold is arguably the most
important trade fair on rapid product development technologies and
applications in the world. And, it is the biggest. Increasingly, companies
are using it to launch new products and services—a good reason to
attend. EuroMold 2007 is December 5-8.
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topics. More than 110 commentaries have been published since February
2003. To view them, visit http://wohlersassociates.com/blog.
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