Emerald Fulltext Archive Database 1994-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Highlights the future potential of rapid prototyping (RP) andmanufacturing around the world. The US manufacturing industry may be onthe rebound; this will help accelerate the sale of RP systems. Strongmarket growth in the US and, to a lesser extent, Europe and Japan, willcome as a result of awareness, erasing myths, technical enhancements,personnel and organizational issues, complimentary processes andtechnologies and CAD solid modelling. The ratio of price to performancewill continue to improve, but not as dramatically as it has in the past.New RP products will be made available in 1994 and 1995. As the marketexpands, entrepreneurs will identify niche opportunities forafter-market products. The prospects for growth in the RP industry arenow better than ever.
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