Reveals Growth Figures
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, May 8, 2001—Rapid prototyping (RP) system sales grew to a record high, according to a new report made available today by Wohlers Associates, Inc. Twenty-three system manufacturers worldwide sold 1,320 RP systems in 2000, compared to 1,178 in the previous year. “This represents an increase of 12.1% and a cumulative total of 6,755 machine installations in 58 countries,” said industry consultant, analyst, and author Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc. These systems produced a staggering 3,004,006 models and prototype parts last year, according to Wohlers Report 2001.
The report also discusses new
technologies and emerging trends. “Focusing on day-to-day business, I
had a perception that RP was slowly progressing toward the future,” said
Todd Grimm of Accelerated Technologies, Inc. of Erlanger, Kentucky and a
significant contributor to the new report. After reading Wohlers Report
2001, that perception has changed. “The information and data that
the report presents clearly shows that there are many exciting and
powerful developments underway,” Grimm continued. “Without the report,
I would be conducting business wearing blinders,” explained Grimm.
The report discloses that North America continues to dominate the use of rapid prototyping worldwide. At the end of last year, more than 45% of all RP machines were installed in this region of the world, as shown in the following chart. The estimates are cumulative totals from RP’s inception through 2000.
Among other regions of the world, Asia/Pacific has shown strong gains. At the end of 2000, 28.6% of the total worldwide installed base of machines was in operation in the Asia/Pacific region, compared to 24.6% in Europe, according to estimates published in Wohlers Report 2001. “Many in the industry believe that the use of RP in Asia lags that of Europe,” said Dr. Ian Gibson of the University of Hong Kong, another important contributor to the report. “At one time, this was true, but not any longer,” Gibson remarked.
Wohlers will share highlights of the new report at the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2001 Conference & Exposition held in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 14-17, 2001. The presentation will provide growth figures and other developments and trends to a large international audience of users, producers, and researchers of RP technology. The conference will mark the ninth year that Wohlers will have delivered the State of the Industry address at the popular event. RP&M 2001, sponsored by the Rapid Prototyping Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (RPA/SME), is the world’s largest and most established conference dedicated to rapid prototyping. In 1993, Wohlers led a group of 14 individuals from industry and academia to form RPA/SME, paving the way to the annual conference and exposition.
Wohlers Report 2001 is a 250-page report developed with input from 53 industry experts, 43 service providers, 23 machine manufacturers, and countless others worldwide. It includes 26 charts and graphs, 32 tables, and 80 photographs and illustrations. This annual report has established a tradition of offering high-quality analyses that cover all facets of rapid prototyping, including business, product, market, technology, and applications. The report sells for $395 in the U.S. and $425 in all other countries. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on the RP market and industry, are available at wohlersassociates.com.
Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a
15-year old independent consulting firm that works closely with
manufacturing organizations to identify the best approaches to rapid
product development. As the company’s principal consultant, Terry
Wohlers tracks new methods and technologies and determines a strategic
direction that gives companies an edge. His highly sought after views and
opinions come from years of collecting and analyzing market data, coupled
with work as an advisor to major organizations in the Americas, Europe,
the Middle East, and Asia.
following 53 individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers
Report 2001 and served as important sources for information.