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21 Industry Experts Contribute to New Report on Rapid Prototyping and Tooling

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, May 24, 1999 – Twenty-one individuals from around the world contributed to a new 221-page softbound publication titled Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1999 Worldwide Progress Report. Principal author Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., considers many of them top experts in their respective areas. Twelve of the individuals are from the U.S., two are from Japan, and one each is from Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, South Africa, and Sweden.

The contributors were Beverly Beckert of Penton Publishing; Alain Bernard of CRAN; Mike Brag and William Brown of A.G. Edwards & Sons; Andy Christensen of Medical Modeling Corp.; Deon de Beer of Technikon Free State; Todd Grimm of Accelerated Technologies; Berndt Holmer of the Swedish Institute of Production Engineering; Elaine Hunt of Clemson University; Masato Imamura of Tokyo Research Center; and Allan Lightman of the University of Dayton.

Also contributing were Bent Mieritz of the Danish Technological Institute; Tom Mueller of Express Pattern; Takeo Nakagawa of Toyota Technological Institute; Bruce Okkema of Eagle Design and Technology; David Prawel of Spatial Technology; Geoff Smith-Moritz of CAD/CAM Publishing; Dave Tait of ARRK Product Development Group; David Wimpenny of the University of Warwick; Yongnian Yan of Tsinghua University; and Millan Yeung of the National Research Council of Canada.

"Todd Grimm of Accelerated Technologies, Inc. played a particularly important role in this year's report," Wohlers remarked. Grimm worked with Wohlers on the development of the Technology Adoption Life Cycle (TALC) as it applies to rapid prototyping (RP). The TALC is a predictable growth curve described by Geoffrey Moore in his books Crossing The Chasm (HarperCollins Publishing, 1991) and Inside the Tornado (HarperCollins Publishing, 1995). In his books, Moore explained that new technologies typically encounter a period of strong growth in the beginning as early adopters embrace them. Then, as their producers attempt to reach beyond the "low hanging fruit," they find themselves in a chasm prior to selling to pragmatic buyers in mainstream markets. Grimm and Wohlers agree that the TALC is quite possibly the most powerful component in the new report. "It provides clarity and insight into the current trials and triumphs of the RP industry and a new-found opportunity to plan for the future with a degree of confidence," Grimm said.

"In working with Terry on the development of the Technology Adoption Life Cycle, as it relates to RP, I realized that we were defining a new way to view the RP industry," explained Grimm. "The TALC simply and clearly identifies the current state of the RP industry while providing insight and direction for its future," he said.

This was the first year that Grimm collaborated with Wohlers on the report. "In previous years, I have relied on Terry's work to achieve a strong understanding of the current trends in RP," explained Grimm. "It was my owner's manual to the RP industry. This year, in working with Terry, my insight into the industry expanded to a new level of understanding," he said. "I learned as much as I contributed, and I expect that the other 20 contributors also benefited from their work on the report."

Todd Grimm is director of marketing at Accelerated Technologies Inc. of Hebron, Kentucky. ATI is a rapid prototype development company, an organization designed to reduce time-to-market and cost while enhancing product quality. Building on 10 years of RP experience, Grimm offers a unique combination of technical and business skills. He is a frequent speaker and author on RP topics.

Terry Wohlers tracks new methods and technologies and determines a direction that gives companies a strategic edge. His highly sought after views and opinions come from years of collecting and analyzing market data, coupled with his work as an advisor to major organizations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1999 Worldwide Progress Report includes 28 charts and graphs, 21 tables, and 54 photographs and illustrations. The report sells for $345 in the U.S. and $395 outside the U.S. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on RP, rapid tooling, CAD/CAM, and reverse engineering, are available at