The current tool, die, and injection mold industry worldwide is estimated to involve annual revenues between 4 and 65 billion dollars depending upon the estimation source and methodology. Of this the present share of rapid tooling (RT) is around $400 million. The amount RT will capture in future is still unknown. However, it must be recognized that tooling lead-time can be reduced by as much as half with the aid of RT (Denton 1995). Hence, RT is particularly important in niche markets thriving on product variety rather on production volume. Time is of the essence in such industries.
KeywordsNatural Rubber Rapid Prototype Selective Laser Sinter Investment Casting Rapid Tooling
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