In a recent study carried out by Wohlers Associates Inc. evidence suggests that in the last ten years the amount of products produced using rapid prototyping methods has gone from almost nothing to 28.3% of the total product and service revenues from additive manufacturing worldwide.
At Paragon we concur with the study as demand for low volume production continues to grow. The RIM process is particularly suited to the production of components that are fully functional and is in high demand.
Even Arburg the German Injection moulding machine giant is getting in on the act as it plans to launch the Arburg Freeformer, a plastics processing AM machine that is, unsurprisingly given Arburg's traditional line up, being touted as a manufacturing system for mould-free plastic parts. The new system promises a new, patented technology that has the ability to process a number of existing engineering plastics and is an exciting development that might just change the world as we know it today.