Re: The Next Step

Date: Wed Mar 20 1996 - 19:33:50 EET

:: I want to start some conversation that will be helpful to us here, and
:: hopefully, to many others as well.
:: The question that I keep asking myself is, "What is the next 'breakthrough'
:: technology?" Rapid prototyping -- with its tremendous affects on tooling
:: methods and product development workflow -- is clearly one of the top
:: breakthrough technologies of the late '80s/early '90s and beyond. But as
:: a group that has been using SLA for nearly seven years, and is seeing the
:: many related benefits, I still wonder, "What's next..?"
:: Sometimes I wonder if there is anything out there that can have even a
:: fraction of the impact that RP has had/is having in industry today. I
:: hope that there is... I believe that there is... But I don't know WHAT
:: it is...!
:: Is it Virtual Reality? Direct-product generation with an RP-type machine?
:: Computer visualization -- so incredible that physical prototypes become
:: unnecessary? (less necessary?) Is it the "marriage" of CT/MRI to CAD and
:: RP? Is it breakthroughs in reverse engineering? Ceramics, or metals,
:: in an SLA-type resin?
You should check out a company called Prosolvia out of Sweden and
pproducts called Clarus. Check and/or

- Dan

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