RE: 3D Lightyear (Humble Pie For Bob)

From: Miller, Michael W (
Date: Thu Jul 29 1999 - 17:45:25 EEST

Bob, Have you built any quickcast yet? Any words of wisdom or dismay? ... I'm especially curious if they've fixed vents and drains problems and given the customer more flexibility in their placement. Also, I don't understand why the preparation software will allow higher scan speeds in the build. Not that I'm not excited... I've got a hot new P3 Zeon ready for 3D light speed.

Michael W Miller (
The Boeing Company MS 17-PE B-XT62
Propulsion Experimental Hardware 206-655-3289
Rapid Prototyping 655-4366 Lab 655-4365

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> Subject: Re: 3D Lightyear (Humble Pie For Bob)
> A few weeks ago I blasted 3D Systems saying 3D lightyear was vaporware. It
> was of course just ancious anticipation on my part. 3D Lightyear is now
> shipping (according to sources at 3D). I have been using the beta3 version of
> lightyear for about a week now. I am truly humbled because this software is
> even better than I could have imagined. What used to take us 5 or 6 hours to
> slice on our old SGI Indigo II now slices in 15 minutes on my much lower cost
> SGI NT workstation. They have automatic verify and automatic part placement
> which is really nice for when your building bunches of parts. The new copy
> feature to make multiples of parts is really handy.
> All the resin and recoater parameters are included and seem to work very
> well right out of the box.
> The software is all windows based and very easy to operate with online
> help that is very well written.
> The buildstation 5 software is also very solid. The line drawing is now
> done differently so I'm told. We were able to increase our drawing speed from
> 75 on borders and 125 on hatching up to 125 borders and 200 hatching with no
> apparent degredation in quality. This in combination with the good SL5510
> resin parameters has decreased our buildtimes by as much as 50% from before.
> Tony the 3D field service technician in the Chicago area had everything
> running in about a day. He really knows his stuff.
> I just want to commend the 3D Systems development team for the best
> software product I have seen in a long while. I hope this gets me back in
> good graces with 3D now.
> with egg on my face
> Bob Morton
> Fusion Engineering
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