Throwback Thursday: Worldwide Review and Analysis of Additive Fabrication
I wonder if Terry Wohlers knew just how accurate he was when he examined what was, in 2007, called “additive fabrication” and provided a pointed prediction of the future of the additive industry?
I wonder if Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, Inc.knew just how accurate he was when he examined what was, in 2007, called “additive fabrication” and provided a pointed prediction of the future of the additive industry?
He was very accurate, as the manufacturing industry, a decade later, is continually embracing additive technologies to produce prototypes, tooling components, medical implants and so much more. Machine tool companies are introducing systems that perform both additive and subtractive operations. Leaders in the industry like Stratasys Inc. and EOS North America, Inc. continue to innovate but the field of competition has greatly expanded. One sees tabletop 3D printers in just about every school, too, and an abundance of new materials to select from have emerged, making the technology even more viable than before.
Take a few minutes to look back with MMT and at the same time see that the future continues to unfold just as Mr. Wohlers predicted in his article titled “Worldwide Review and Analysis of Additive Fabrication.”
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