New Report Reveals Solid Growth in Additive Fabrication

Wohlers Report 2006 covers all facets of the industry, including business, product, market, technology, research, and application.

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS, USA, May 23, 2006—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today published its most recent findings in Wohlers Report 2006, an in-depth global study on the rapid prototyping and manufacturing state of the industry. The market for additive fabrication (also known as rapid prototyping) grew 14.6% to an estimated $808.5 million in 2005, up from $705.2 million generated in 2004. Growth was 33.3% and 9.2% in 2004 and 2003, respectively. These totals include all products and services for additive fabrication worldwide.

“The industry has remained solid after a spectacular 2004. Systems, materials, and services experienced double-digit growth in 2005, although growth was not as strong as the previous year,” said Terry Wohlers, principal author of Wohlers Report 2006 and president of Wohlers Associates. Interest in the less expensive 3D printer-class of machine continues to drive demand in the 70 countries in which additive systems were sold last year. Revenues generated by 3D printer sales were up 35.2% in 2005, making 3D printers the fastest growing segment of the industry.

Rapid manufacturing—the direct production of finished goods from additive fabrication—continues to grow and capture the attention of many. Increasingly, companies from the aerospace, motor sports, medical, dental, and consumer product industries are using additive processes to manufacture high-value parts in comparatively low volumes. Wohlers Associates believes that rapid manufacturing will eventually grow to become the largest application of additive fabrication.

The release of Wohlers Report 2006 coincides with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2006 Conference and Exposition, which began today and ends May 25 here in St. Charles. In today’s plenary session, Mr. Wohlers served as the keynote speaker and presented highlights of the new report in his 14th annual State of the Industry address.

Wohlers Report 2006 covers all facets of the industry, including business, product, market, technology, research, and application. Forty-seven co-authors, 53 service providers, 27 system manufacturers, and many others assisted with its development. To support the review and analysis, the softbound publication includes 26 charts and graphs, 44 tables, 131 photographs and illustrations, and seven appendices.

The new 250-page report sells for $475 in the U.S. and $495 in all other countries. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at

Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a 20-year-old independent consulting firm that works closely with manufacturing organizations to identify the best approaches to rapid product development. The company has provided consulting assistance to 140 organizations in 15 countries around the world.

Report Development Team
The following individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2006 and
served as important sources for information.

Daniel Attanasio DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany)
Paulo Jorge Bártolo Institute Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal)
Joseph Beaman University of Texas at Austin
Alain Bernard Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France)
David Bourell University of Texas at Austin
Tim Caffrey Seventh Son Creative Services
Andy Christensen Medical Modeling LLC
Rob Connelly FineLine Prototyping
Deon de Beer Central University of Technology, Free State (South Africa)
Jonas de Carvalho University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Carl Dekker Met-L-Flo Inc.
Philip Dickens Loughborough University (England)
Thierry Dormal CRIF (Belgium)
Mike Durham Accelerated Technologies
Ping Fu Geomagic, Inc.
Vito Gervasi Milwaukee School of Engineering
Ian Gibson National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Tim Gornet University of Louisville
Andrzej Grzesiak FhG Institute for Mfg. Eng. & Automation (Germany)
Joan Guasch ASCAMM (Spain)
Richard Hague Loughborough University (England)
Russ Harris Loughborough University (England)
Axel Henning FhG Institute for Mfg. Eng. & Automation (Germany)
Berndt Holmer IVF Industrial Research and Development Corp. (Sweden)
Neil Hopkinson Loughborough University (England)
Masato Imamura Sintokogio Ltd. (Japan)
Luca Iuliano Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Olivier Jay Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)
Troy Jensen Piper Jaffray
Rik Knoppers TNO Science and Industry (The Netherlands)
Kai Loose DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany)
Greg Morris Morris Technologies
Tom Mueller Express Pattern
Takeo Nakagawa Fine Tech Corp. (Japan)
Charlie Norton NCP Leasing, Inc.
G.D. Janaki Ram Utah State University
Jeffrey Rowe Cairowest Digital Development
Max Ruffo Loughborough University (England)
Joel Segal University of Nottingham (England)
Michael Siemer Mydea Technologies
Brent Stucker Utah State University
Chris Sutcliffe University of Liverpool (England)
Chris Tuck Loughborough University (England)
Jukka Tuomi Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)
Jonas Van Vaerenbergh Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
David Wimpenny De Montfort University (England)
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