technology and service

From: Elaine Hunt (
Date: Fri Aug 08 1997 - 17:07:18 EEST

In all fairness to all RP vendors I want to state that my love for the
and its potential has not diminished one bit. Instead, all the problems I
have experienced in the past two years point to growth in the marketplace.
Young companies experience difficulties during this transition phase. RP
vendors are not immune to such problems. I am some what intrigued by the
notion put forth by some that open complaints or expressions of "problems"
hurt the industry. I firmly believe that "education" takes place when we
experience growth and pain that stretch of our minds and potential.

I hope many of you saw "Triumph of the Nerds" on PBS this week. It was
based on the 20th anniversary of the personal computer. It showed the
first "user group" meeting at Stanford University and what a bunch of
noisy, verbal yet dedicated "techno-weenies". Out of this group came Bill
Gates and other who influenced the entire world based on a technology that
had absolutely no value in the public eye. The first PC had no keyboard,
no monitor, no output, no programming, nothing that any user could call
'user friendly.

I hope that many of you will voice your problems as well as your successes,
seek solutions, demand quality, and lift this technology to the heights
that even Bill Gates has to up to it. Maybe I should visit Bill and point
him to the 21st century output device, 3d printing. Your choice of
material, color, texture and product.


Opinions, suggestions, and other controversial matter VOID where prohibited.
Elaine T. Hunt, Director
Clemson University Laboratory to Advance Industrial Prototyping
206 Fluor Daniel Bldg. Clemson, SC 29643-0925
864-656-0321 (voice) 864-656-4435 (fax)

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