Companies that use rapid prototyping cut across most manufacturing industries. For the first time ever, the consumer products industry leads all others in the use of RP with 25.6%. Motor vehicles is a close second with 25.2%. Combined, they represent more than half of the total. The medical industry continues to grow as an important market for RP products and services and represents 10.7%. Business machines also represents 10.7%, followed by academic institutions (8.1%), aerospace (7.7%), and government/military (4.5%). A category named “other," representing 7.5%, includes industries such as professional sporting goods, non-consumer and non-military marine products, and other industries that do not fit into the named categories.
This information was taken from Wohlers Report 2001, an industry study developed with input from industry experts, service providers, machine manufacturers, and countless others worldwide. For more information on the report, see the attached or visit
http://wohlersassociates.com. The website consists of 160 pages of content. Also, it provides access to 105 articles, technical papers, reports, and other documents on RP and related topics and includes links to more 200 websites.
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