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Wohlers to Deliver Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry Executive Update

RP&M 2002 Marks 10th Year for Annual Briefing

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, April 23, 2002—Industry consultant, analyst, and author Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., will deliver the Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry Executive Update at the upcoming Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2002 Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. This one-hour briefing will occur on April 30 during the opening plenary session. The RP&M 2002 event marks the 10th year in which Wohlers has been asked to present his views and opinions on this exciting and fast-developing industry. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and its Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA/SME) are the sponsors of the event.

“SME has done a marvelous job with this event over the past 10 years,” stated Wohlers. “Being affiliated with SME and its RP&M conference has been a privilege and an important experience for me professionally,” he continued. In 1992, Terry led a group of 14 individuals from industry and academia to form the first association dedicated to rapid prototyping. In 1993, the association joined SME to become the RPA/SME.

RP&M 2002 coincides with Wohlers Report 2002, an annual market study that covers all facets of rapid prototyping, including business, product, market, technology, and applications. Forty-nine professionals, 47 service providers, 25 system manufacturers, and countless others assisted with its development. The 250-page softbound publication includes 25 charts and graphs, 23 tables, and 87 photographs and illustrations.

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