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Wohlers Report 1996

Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry Year 1996 Annual Worldwide Progress Report

Wohlers has documented recent RP developments and trends in a new 40-page report titled Rapid Prototyping State of the Industry: 1995-96 Worldwide Progress Report

The primary rapid prototyping (RP) market grew by 49% to an impressive $295.1 million in 1995. This figure includes revenues generated worldwide from product sales and services. The secondary market segment was estimated at $176.1 million for 1995, bringing the annual total to more than $471 million. The secondary market includes secondary tooling created from RP patterns, and castings and duplicate parts produced from this tooling.

“Soon, the RP industry will be measured in billions of dollars, Deutsche Marks, pounds, and yen,” explained Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “New technologies, products, and applications have led to a new level of excitement in the rapid prototyping (RP) industry. These developments, coupled with strong growth in product sales and services, presents a very optimistic view of the RP industry and its future,” Wohlers observed.

An estimated 526 RP systems were sold last year by 15 system manufacturers located in the US, Germany, and Japan. 3D Systems, Inc. (Valencia, CA) led the market in unit sales again last year, but the margin is narrowing. As the leading supplier of stereolithography machines, 3D Systems sold 130 units, while fast-growing Stratasys, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) sold 121 of its Fused Deposition Modeling systems.

Service bureaus (SBs) make up a large and vibrant part of the industry. The 1995 SB market was estimated at $135.5 million, representing annual growth of almost 43%. Meanwhile, a new market is beginning to unfold as US system manufacturers roll out less expensive, office-friendly systems targeted at product designers.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Market Analysis
    • Revenues
    • Unit sales
    • Market leaders
    • Other revenues
  • Service Bureau Business
  • Sales Forecasts
  • The Future of Service Bureaus
  • Other Industry Trends
    • Injection mold tooling
    • Keltool
    • Investment casting
  • Decentralization and Distributed Processing
  • Office Machines for Concept Modeling
  • Shifting Dynamics in the CAD Market
    • New generation of technology
  • RP System Manufacturers
    • 3D Systems
    • BPM Technology
    • Cubital
    • DTM
    • Helisys
    • Sanders Prototype
    • Soligen
    • Stratasys
  • Foreign Developments
    • Europe
    • Japan
  • Final Comments
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • Copyright and Trademarks
  • Charts and Graphs
    • Total RP Market for 1995
    • RP Product Sales for 1995
    • 1995 “Services” Market Segment
    • 1995 Service Bureau Market
    • 1995 “Secondary” Market
    • 1996 Market Forecast
    • 1997 Market Forecast
    • Rapid Prototyping Market Worldwide Revenue Estimates
    • Systems Sold From Each Region in 1995
    • Total Systems Sold (1988-1995) From Each Region
    • RP System Units Sold By US Manufacturers in 1995
    • 1995 Unit Sales By System Manufacturer
    • Unit Sales (1988-1995) By System Manufacturer
    • Rapid Prototyping Market Worldwide Unit Sales Estimates
    • RP Unit Sales Estimates: 1988-1995

What Others are Saying

“Very easy to read. It gave me just what I was looking for.”
Douglas Freitag, Bayside Materials Technology

“Whether one is thinking of purchasing an RP device, checking into the sales of a particular company for investment purposes, or just desiring more information, Wohlers’ report delivers at every level.”
Joe Greco, Desktop Engineering Magazine

“It is very comprehensive, well organized, and well written. We will be pouring over the details for some time to come.”
Mike Rynerson, ExtrudeHone

“The section on rapid tooling is particularly interesting. Wohlers systematically looks at all the competing technologies on the market today and provides detailed information on how to best apply each of them.”
Engineering Automation Report

“As always, you have done a spectacular job collecting information from around the world on our ever-changing industry. I commend you on the depth and breadth of your labors.”
Marina Hatsopoulos, Z Corp.

“It’s my owner’s manual to the RP industry.”
Todd Grimm, Accelerated Technologies, Inc.

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