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Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry Year 2004 Annual Worldwide Progress Report
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Turn to Wohlers Report 2004, an in-depth worldwide progress report on the rapid prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing state of the industry.
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The 270-page report includes:
To support the review and analysis, the softbound publication includes 23 charts and graphs, 38 tables, 79 photographs and illustrations, and seven appendices. This annual report has established a tradition of covering all facets of rapid prototyping, including business, product, market, technology, research, and application.
The report addresses many aspects of rapid prototyping, including the industries being served, annual revenues, machine sales, and forecasts. It also provides current information on industry trends and developments in the areas of service providers, advanced approaches to tooling, system manufacturers, and technology advances in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
The report covers research and development activities, growth trends in CAD solid modeling, rapid prototyping materials, medical modeling, rapid manufacturing, and reverse engineering. Wohlers Report 2004 concludes with a discussion of the future of rapid prototyping—where it is headed and what to expect—to assist in strategic and tactical planning.
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Focus of this report
Introduction to rapid prototyping
The following individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2004 and served as important sources for information.
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