RE: New Report Now Available

From: Monica & Glenn Whiteside (
Date: Sun May 09 1999 - 02:34:01 EEST


Sounds like a very thorough and complete report but it's way too expensive
for me at $345.
Have you ever considered selling the different parts separately? That way
someone primarily interested in tooling (for example) would only have to buy
that part? You might generate more sales volume this way...

Best Regards,

Glenn Whiteside

>New Report Finds Rapid Prototyping Market in Slump
>FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, May 6, 1999 - Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced
>today the immediate availability of a new publication titled Rapid
>Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1999 Worldwide Progress
>Report. As many as 22 system manufacturers worldwide sold 990 rapid
>prototyping (RP) systems in 1998, compared to 1,036 in 1997, according to
>the report. This marks only the second time in history that unit sales
>declined to a level below that of the prior year. This disappointing
>decline compares to growth of 32% for 1997 and 51% for 1996.
>On the heels of a weak 1997, revenues from RP sales and services fell more
>sharply than in any previous year. This downturn in sales follows years of
>impressive growth for most of the 1990s, when annual growth of 35-50% was
>common. The slump in the industry that began in early 1997 has continued
>through 1998 and into 1999.
>Countless benefits of RP abound, with users reporting almost unbelievable
>time and cost savings from applying this remarkable technology. This is at
>odds with the stalled growth in the marketplace, and it is causing vast
>confusion among vendors, customers, service providers, and investors. Some
>believe the technology may fade over time while many others dismiss the
>idea. Companies about to make strategic decisions related to rapid
>prototyping are especially concerned that they might make the wrong
>decision. Why has the RP market weakened, will it recover, and what should
>a company do in the meantime?
>Industry consultant Terry Wohlers answers these puzzling questions in the
>new 221-page report. Wohlers has established a tradition of providing
>high-quality analyses that cover all facets of RP including business,
>product, market, technology, and applications. The softbound publication
>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 is listed below.
>The new report is the result of months of careful data collection and
>analysis based on time-tested methods. "We have formed alliances with many
>companies and individuals to fully understand the trends in rapid
>prototyping and tooling," Wohlers said. "We have total confidence in our
>sources, methods of research, and reporting. "Our methodology delivers data
>that is reliable and complete," he said. The company expects to make
>improvements to the report each year, but has no plans to alter the methods
>it uses to analyze and report the information. For strategic and
>competitive reasons, the company does not publish its proprietary
>methodology -- an approach that has taken the company many years to develop
>and refine.
>Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a 13-year old independent consulting firm that
>works closely with manufacturing organizations to identify the best
>approaches to rapid product development. As the company's principal
>consultant, 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. You can reach the company at 970-225-0086, fax
>970-225-2027, or e-mail Terry Wohlers at For
>additional information on the RP market and industry, visit
> Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry:
> 1999 Worldwide Progress Report
> Focus of this report
> Introduction to rapid prototyping and tooling
> History of RP systems
> Industries being served
> How RP models are being used
> Installations by country
> Applications
> Communication
> Engineering changes
> Good ideas and powerful proposals
> Concept models
> Early input from suppliers, toolmakers
> Prototypes and prototype tooling
> Metal castings
> Verifying CAD databases
> Styling, ergonomic studies
> Requesting quotes
> Packaging and shipping
> Critical to function
> A challenging time
> Revenue growth
> Secondary market
> Revenues from products and services
> Revenues from service bureaus
> Other service revenues
> Unit sales
> Stratasys regains the lead
> Systems sold by region in 1998
> Cumulative systems sold by region
> Units sold by U.S. manufacturers in 1998
> Units sold by Japanese manufacturers in 1998
> 1998 unit sales by manufacturer
> Cumulative unit sales by manufacturer
> Unit sales by vendor and year
> Growth trends and sales forecasts
> Unit sales growth percentages
> Worldwide revenue estimates
> Annual revenue growth percentages
> Comparing growth of RP and machining markets
> Service bureaus
> Concentration of service bureaus
> Mix of machines
> Shrinking market
> Investment casting patterns
> Working with service bureaus
> Times have changed
> What is driving prices downward?
> More challenges are ahead
> Market saturation
> Plynetics Express: What went wrong?
> Advanced approaches
> Indirect approaches to tooling
> Silicone rubber tooling
> Aluminum-filled epoxy tooling
> Spray metal tooling
> RSP Tooling
> Sprayform
> Metal spray tooling from DTI
> Cast kirksite tooling
> 3D Keltool
> Dynamic Tooling
> ExpressTool
> Direct approaches to tooling
> Direct AIM tooling
> SLS RapidTool
> DMLS from EOS
> ExtrudeHone
> Other considerations
> Machined tooling
> Space Puzzle Molding
> Prototype tooling selection guide
> Size of tooling market
> 3D Systems
> SLA-7000
> ThermoJet
> 3D Keltool
> Aaroflex
> Beijing Yinhua
> Cubital
> RapidTool
> Growing list of materials
> DirectTool products
> Micro shot peening
> Fockele & Schwarze
> Helisys
> Kinergy
> Optomec
> Sanders Prototype
> New management
> Developing technology
> Schroff Development
> Operating costs
> Customers
> Stratasys
> Genisys Xs
> Throughput
> Z Corp.
> Speed
> Materials
> Casualties
> RP stocks
> Disappointing earnings
> Global economy
> Small cap stocks out of favor
> Japan
> Markets embracing RP
> Unit sales growth
> Japanese strategy
> Developments and trends in Japan
> New RP system that uses LEDs
> Why has RP growth been slow?
> Tooling and high-speed machining in Japan
> Europe
> EU support
> United Kingdom
> Germany
> Fraunhofer activities
> France
> Scandinavia
> The Netherlands
> Other regions
> South Africa
> Canada
> RP groups and associations
> Development of system technology
> MicroTEC
> Directed Light Fabrication
> Controlled Metal Buildup
> Multi Jet Solidification
> Topographic Shell Fabrication
> Offset Fabrication
> Micromod
> University of Utah
> U.S. government-sponsored R&D
> NSF funding
> DoD
> RP academic programs
> Hurdles and hindrances
> Research activities
> Beyond 2000
> Advances in computing
> Operating systems
> Open systems
> Growth of solid modeling
> Interoperability and data translation
> Product data management
> Machining STL data
> Software for RP
> SolidView
> Magics, Mimics
> View Expert, 3Data Expert
> 3D View
> Rapid Prototyping Module
> Velocity2
> The Internet
> Next day models
> 3DQ Concepts
> Caught by surprise
> RP materials
> Stereolithography resins
> Materials for other RP processes
> 3D printers
> Medical modeling
> Research areas in medical RP
> RP is impacting the lives of patients
> Reverse engineering
> How the technology works
> Laser digitizing systems
> What works, what doesn't
> Other advice
> Caught in the chasm
> Technology adoption life cycle
> CAD solid modeling as a gating factor
> RP's past
> RP's present state
> What needs to happen
> RP's future
> What to do
> Risks and land mines
> 3D printing
> Rapid manufacturing
> Changes ahead
> Will digital models replace physical prototypes?
> Long-term outlook
> The future
> Systems of the future
> Future applications
> Where to learn more
> Internet mail list
> Appendix A: Glossary of terms
> Appendix B: Addresses of RP system manufacturers
> United States
> Israel
> Europe
> Japan
> Singapore
> China
> Appendix C: Rapid tooling technology developers
> Appendix D: RP software companies
> Appendix E: Material suppliers
> Appendix F: U.S. RP systems
> Appendix G: RP systems manufactured outside the U.S.
> Appendix H: Materials
> Appendix I: 3D digitizing systems
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