The expert panel was selected by recommendations from the study chairman and representatives of the sponsoring agencies. The panel was formed of members from industry, academia, and government. Industry members represented primarily users rather than developers of SFF technology. The outcome of this report is based primarily on observations during the site visits. The panel visited 34 sites in subgroups of typically three to five members. All site reports are published as a separate volume, JTEC/WTEC Panel Report on Rapid Prototyping in Europe and Japan. Vol. II, Site Reports (NTIS report #PB96-199583, September 1996). Site visit reports were reviewed by the host organizations prior to publication.