RE: Europe's New RPM Centre now open!

From: Prof. P M Dickens (
Date: Tue May 25 1999 - 16:26:23 EEST

I appreciate your comments but many of the UK Universities have done a very
good job in disseminating this technology to industry. Without this
University effort the RP industry in the UK would not be in the strong
position it is in generally. Were you not involved in this at Coventry
I also understand the frustration that bureaus have by being undercut by
"University bureaus". I lay the blame here with the UK Department of Trade
and Industry. Amongst others, I tried to get them to coordinate all this
but I failed and so people in Universities went for what they could get and
now we have a bit of chaos.
As someone who set up a University centre at the University of Nottingham I
can see both points of view. I have now come to realise that Universities
should not be doing bureau work but concentrating on research, teaching and

There is obviously some short term pain (e.g. Formation) but the
Universities will be seen at have had an overall positive effect.


Prof. Phill Dickens
Dept. of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
De Montfort University
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-----Original Message-----
From: RP Solutions []
Sent: 24 May 1999 19:02
To: ~ David J. Hood ~;
Subject: Re: Europe's New RPM Centre now open!

Dear David,

further to your "advert" to the rp-ml members, perhaps you can be more
forthcoming about the processes and technologies that the RPM Centre uses
as your website seems to lack much substance on this matter. What
technologies do you have in-house? Are you an RP bureau or are you a
consultancy? Are you supported by a University or academic organisation via
EU funding or are you a fully independent commercially financed company?

Sorry to ask so many questions about your operation but in the West
Midlands it seems that every two-bit educational establishment is buying RP
equipment and setting up a commercial bureau, with a handful of untrained
and inexperienced staff.

 As the director of a small independent self financed RP bureau I cannot
see that the use of EU money in this way benefits anyone in the long term,
customers or bureaux. This issue has yet to be resolved in any meaningful
way and I am sure its consequences will be felt by everyone in RP in the
near future.


Oliver Cole

RP Solutions

> From: ~ David J. Hood ~ <>
> To:
> Subject: Europe's New RPM Centre now open!
> Date: 24 May 1999 17:40
> Just a short note to advise fellow list members that our new RPM Centre
is open for commercial
> business. The list members have helped in our research of the subject
and enabled us to fit in the
> remaining gaps in our knowledge, completed our portfolio, and to build up
a network of like-minded
> organisations and individuals.
> To all list members who helped, I thank you all. For all who
contributed, but were perhaps unaware
> that they were as I read the posting, I thank you also.
> The RPM Centre, far from being simply another "bureaux" takes RPandM
processes, methods and
> activities further, incorporating them with firm methods and techniques
to develop the overall strategy
> of the company and how it can achieve the goal of competitive advantage.
The two Directors of the
> company have studied the rp and m processes and have been instrumental in
developing a strategic
> business development practice for the past five years; in addition to
this they have helped set up the
> Chartered Institute of Marketing's Technology group, CIMTech
International that is a trade organisation
> specialising in the commercialisation of technology and the use of new
technologies in marketing.
> To see what the RPM Centre is all about :
> To join our e-Zine list, please e-mail
> David Hood
> Director
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> ....The Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Centre....
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> RPM Centre Ltd., Enterprise House,
> 1 Dalziel Street, Motherwell ML1 1PJ, Scotland
> Tel: 01698 327 100 Fax: 01698 26 93 28
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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