The 2004 midterm semiconductor forecast published by Future Horizons shows that the semiconductor market will see a 32-percent growth in the rest of 2004 and a further 28-percent growth in 2005, which would make it a $282 billion dollar industry. Future Horizons, while acknowledging that its forecasts could be high, contend that their predictions should hold true only if the economy grows at the current predicted 4-4.6 percent. Meanwhile, the European market is going in the opposite direction of the rest of the global market as Future Horizons has reported a $40 billion trade deficit in Europe.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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