3D printers - what are they?

From: Brad Fox (rdt@visi.com)
Date: Tue Oct 14 1997 - 22:51:57 EEST

I appreciate you bringing up the following issue:

>I read recently they were distancing themselves from the RP market and
>proclaiming themselves a 3D printer for office use, not an RP system.
This brings up an issue I'd like feedback from the industry: "are these 3D
printers to be considered RP?"
If not, what are they? Is/Should "3D printing" be set aside as a new
industry or is it a subset of RP? Also if a 3D printer is to be distanced
from RP, then what is the leading market indicators that caused the
development of 3D Printers? What set of metics should be used to evaluate
and benchmark this new animal? And how do these metrics differ from those
used to measure RP?

While some answers may be obvious, all opinions are welcome ;)

Brad Fox
Rapid Design

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