There's nothing flat about the TFT LCD field. Shipments of large flat screens are expected to soar nearly 90% in LCD TVs by 2007. Notebooks will jump by 25% this year. DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com) notes that this boom has created a bit of a shortage, which led to an 87% increase in average selling prices during the second quarter of 2003. Overall, DisplaySearch expects large TFT shipments, defined as notebook-size and greater, to rise 42% this year to 97.2 million units. That makes it a shopper of an industry, with $23 million in sales. LG Philips LCD is the largest supplier with 21% of the market, followed by Samsung.
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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