Georgia Tech's RPM Symposium, October 6-8, 1998

From: Tom Graver (
Date: Thu Aug 13 1998 - 21:09:19 EEST

Greetings from Georgia Tech!

Georgia Tech and its Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute invite you to participate in our 5th annual symposium.  We've once again assembled an impressive program of expert speakers and will limit attendance to maintain our reputation of being one of the most productive and comfortable events of this kind.  Details follow in this message, or visit


Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing: Applications in Product Development, Design, and Tooling
The 5th Annual Eugene C. Gwaltney Manufacturing Symposium
October 6, 1998 A Special Primer: Fundamentals of RPM
October 7-8, 1998 The Symposium & Exposition

The Symposium and Expo Will Provide
Real examples of the rapidly expanding tooling opportunities for injection molding
     Working knowledge of the existing commercial processes for RPM -- and the strengths of each
Understanding the business cases for RPM -- how others have analyzed costs and benefits
Appreciation for the versatility of RPM -- applications from aerospace to medicine
Contact with a growing network of manufacturers using RPM in their operations
Hands-on experiences with RPM technologies in the exhibition
Answers to your specific questions about RPM from leading industry experts
Perspective of where RPM technologies are heading and how they will affect you in the future

You Should Attend the Primer to:
Understand the different processes used to develop rapid prototypes
Clarify what materials are available for prototypes
Find out how computer-aided design (CAD) is used for prototyping
Learn how to cost justify rapid prototyping in your company
Zero in on case study applications
Identify how rapid prototyping can integrate and complement your existing prototype shop
Learn what you need to know about outsourcing your prototypes
Prepare yourself for the RPM Symposium topics

We offer this event with the hearty encouragement of our RPMI member companies. We thank them for their ongoing support of the development and deployment of RPM technologies through education.

Program Agenda
Special Primer RPM Fundamentals
Instructors: Tom Mueller, Plynetics Express, Bill Durden, Durden Enterprises, and Jim Rollins, Scientific Measurement Systems
Tuesday, October 6

8:00 a.m.
The Basics:
What is Rapid Prototyping?
What are the Key Technologies?

10:00 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m.
Key Technologies Continued:
Strengths and Weaknesses
Key Applications

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m.
More Detail on Applications:
How Does CAD Fit In With RP?
What Are Some Key Examples and Case Studies?
Real Examples

3:00 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m.
The Business Issues:
How Can RP Be Economically Justified?
Where Can You Find More Information and Guidance?

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, October 7

8:00 a.m.
Registration, Exhibits Open, and Continental Breakfast

8:20 a.m
Welcome and Symposium Overview

8:40 a.m.
Keynote: Rapid Tooling -- Where Is It Now; Where Is It Headed?
Paul Jacobs, Express Tool

9:20 a.m.
Addressing the Whole Loop -- Rapid Design and Rapid Tooling
Derek Smith, Motorola

10:00 a.m.
Break and Exhibits Open

10:40 a.m.
SL Materials for More Challenging Applications
Thomas Pang, Ciba Specialty Chemicals

11:20 a.m.
Sintered Metal Tools -- A Nine Part Case Study Using DTMís Rapid Tool
Herb Caloud, Fiskars, Inc.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Garden and Exhibits Open

1:20 p.m.
Making Better Tools Faster -- An Overview of Several Initiatives
Marc Belloti, Baxter International
Dave Rosen, Georgia Institute of Technology

2:20 p.m.
Towards Production-Quality Injection Mold Tools in a Day
Sundar Atre, Penn State

3:00 p.m.
Break and Exhibits Open

3:40 p.m.
Does Ceramic Solid Freeform Fabrication Make a Difference?
Brock Hinzman, SRI International

4:20 p.m.
Use of RP Does Not Guarantee Success
Brian Clark, ClarkCooper Designs

5:00 p.m.
Reception and Exhibits Open

6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 8
8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:40 a.m.
Enterprise Rapid Response Strategies -- The Path to Higher Profits
Chuck Hull, 3D Systems

9:20 a.m.
Beyond RP to Rapid Fabrication
Dave Keicher, Optomec Design Company

10:00 a.m. Break and Exhibits Open

10:40 a.m.
Predicting Tolerances of Rapid Tools
Tom Mueller, Plynetics Express

11:20 a.m.
Measuring What You Make
Jim Tobin, Procter & Gamble
Tommy Tucker, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tom Kurfess, Georgia Institute of Technology

12:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Garden and Exhibits Open

1:20 p.m.
Rapid Prototyping: The Transition Towards Functional Prototyping
Suresh Jayanthi, DuPont Somos®

2:00 p.m.<
Finally -- Truly Rapid RP
Tom Clay, Z-Corp

2:40 p.m.
So Now What? The Next Ten Years in RP
Terry Kreplin, Baxter International

3:20 p.m. Adjourn

The Primer and Symposium
This event is for those who want to learn more about RPM. The Special Primer is best suited to technical or management professionals who are just beginning to get familiar with RPM technologies and applications. The Symposium and Exposition will have benefits for both novices and experts in product development, design, testing, manufacturing, and marketing.

Who needs it?
RPM is being applied successfully in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, telecommunications, and medicine. RPM is used in the design of mechanical parts, packaging, and even prostheses. RPM technology impacts design, engineering, packaging, and marketing. If your company needs to improve product designs, or time to market, then you need to know more about RPM.

What is RPM?
Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing RPM) is an emerging collection of materials and process technologies, design and processing methodologies, and business practices and relationships, which together shorten product development cycles, improve product designs, and reduce product development costs. RPM is often associated with additive fabrication processes, such as stereolithography or fused deposition modeling, but also includes many other prototyping technologies, as well as such conventional processes as CNC machining, and a host of computer-based design, engineering, and analysis tools.

Why offer a Symposium?
Georgia Tech was recognized again this year by U.S. News and World Report magazine as having the top manufacturing education program in the country. A significant part of our mission is to assist industry in keeping abreast of the latest developments in, and applications of, manufacturing technology. That is the motivation for offering this symposium.

Be ready to participate!
We limit attendance to 110 people, and weíve sold out each year. This encourages high quality communication between presenters and attendees. Presenters allow a generous amount of time to answer your questions and to lead group discussions. The well-designed, comfortable auditorium allows all to be heard.

The Exposition
The 19 speakers will be supported by more than 20 exhibits of RPM technologies and applications. You will have ample opportunities for hands-on learning and in-depth discussions with industry experts. Last year's exhibitors included:
3D Systems
Applied Software
BPM Technology
Ciba Specialty Chemicals
Compression, Inc.
Concepts in Dimension
DRAFTECH Systems, Inc.
DTM Corporation
DuPont Somos®
Durden Enterprises
Georgia Tech RPMI
Helisys, Inc.
Laser Design, Inc.
MCP Systems, Inc.
Morris Technologies
Plynetics Express
Sanders Prototype
Stratasys, Inc.

Symposium Location and Accommodations
The Symposium and Exposition will be held at the Manufacturing Research Center on the Georgia Tech campus. The Special Primer will be held in room 4211 of the Manufacturing Related Disciplines Complex, also on the Georgi
a Tech campus, adjacent to the Manufacturing Research Center.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Georgian Terrace which is located at 659 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Mention that you are attending a Georgia Tech program for a special room rate. For hotel reservations, call (404) 897-1991. Bus service will be provided to and from the campus in the morning and afternoon. Please consult the schedule at the hotel concierge desk.
Participants may wish to take MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) between the airport and the Georgian Terrace. The hotel can be conveniently reached by taking MARTA to the North Avenue train station. Exit on North Avenue and proceed one block east to the intersection of North Avenue and Peachtree Street. After the intersection, continue north on Peachtree Street for one and one-half blocks. The hotel is on the right.

Continuing Education Units
This program meets the criteria for the nationally accepted Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Each participant completing the course successfully will earn 2.0 CEUs (0.7 for the Special Primer, and 1.3 for the Symposium and Exposition). You may request a certificate of completion showing the number of CEUs you have earned by calling (404) 894-8305.

Travel Discounts
Delta Air Lines offers special fares to attendees of Georgia Tech programs. Certain restrictions may apply. For information and reservations, call 1-800-241-6760 and refer to file 112000A (for domestic flights only). We recommend that you do not purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.

Register by:
Phone: call Jo Funk at (404) 894-8308
Fax: send the registration form to (404) 894-4133
World Wide Web: Register online at

After you register, your confirmation letter will be faxed to you within one business day or mailed to you in five business days. Detailed directions and maps will be included with your confirmation.
If you register fewer than 10 working days before the program begins and are paying by check, please bring the payment with you on the first day of the program.
The Georgia Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason, including insufficient enrollment. If a course is cancelled, all registration fees will be refunded or can be transferred to another course.

Cancellation and Refunds
To cancel your registration and receive a full refund, you must call Continuing Education at (404) 894-2401 at least 10 business days prior to the course start date. A course cancellation received fewer than 10 days prior to the course start date will be refunded the registration amount, less $50 to cover the costs of materials and facilities. If you do not call Continuing Education to cancel your registration and do not attend the course, you are still responsible for the full registration fee. However, substitutions and transfers can be made at any time.

Thomas W. Graver
Director of Operations
Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
813 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0406

404.894.5676 phone
404.894.0395 fax For more information about the rp-ml, see

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