History of System Manufacturers

Copyright 2002-2012 by Wohlers Associates, Inc.

The following names most additive system manufacturers, the country in which the company was started, the year it was founded, and the year each company's first technology was introduced commercially. 

3D Systems US 1986 1988
Aaroflex US 1994 1996
AeroMet US 1997  
Autostrade Japan   1996
Beijing Yinhau Laser Rapid Prototypes China   1998
BPM Technology US 1989 1995
BMT Germany   2001
CMET Japan 1988 1990
Cubic Technologies US 2000 2001
Cubital Israel 1987 1991
Denken Eng. Co., Ltd. Japan 1985 1993
D-MEC Japan 1989 1989
DTM US 1987 1992
DuPont SOMOS US 1989 n/a
EOS Germany 1989 1990
Fockele & Schwarze Germany 1991 1994
Helisys US 1985 1991
Kinergy Singapore   1996
Kira Corp. Japan 1992 1994
Light Sculpting US 1986 n/a
Meiko Corp. Japan 1991 1994
Mitsui Zosen Corp. Japan 1991 1991
Objet Geometries Israel 1998 2001
Optomec US   1998
Precision Optical Manufacturing (POM) US    
ProMetal US 1996 1999
Quadrax US 1990 1990
Röders Germany   1999
Sanders Design International US   2000
Schroff Development US   1996
Solidica US   2001
Solidimension Israel    
Solidscape US 1994 1994
Soligen US 1991 1993
Sparx AB Sweden   1991
Stratasys US 1988 1991
Teijin Seiki Japan 1991 1992
Toyoda Machine Works Japan   2000
Ushio Inc. Japan   1994

Source: Wohlers Associates

Note: Nova Automation, known later as DTM, was founded on December 1, 1987. Solidscape was formerly called Sanders Prototype. Quadrax developed and sold the Mark 1000 stereolithography system until February 1992 when its technology was acquired by 3D Systems after patent litigation that began in September 1990. Teijin Seiki and Aaroflex licensed stereolithography technology from DuPont. Soligen sold machines commercially for a relatively short period of time.