Re: RPMI Symposium 2000

Date: Sat Jul 24 1999 - 00:21:42 EEST


An observation about CEO's awareness of RP&M:

On two occasions at a previous company, I demo'd a Stratasys machine during
open houses. Both the CEO of Ericsson at the time (Lars Ramqvist) and John
Chambers of Cisco Systems both surprised me and knew exactly what RP was.
They had much more detailed knowledge of the technology than I expected.

In fact, Mr. Chambers stayed after and asked me a couple of questions. It
was only then that I noticed his name badge.

My US$0.02 worth,

Sean Ryan
Mechanical Team Leader - DTV Engine Dev.
Philips Consumer Electronics
345 Scarborough Road
Braircliff Manor, NY 10510
914-945-6899 or 6768 FAX

Tom Richards <> on 07/23/99 06:22:12 AM

cc: (bcc: Sean Ryan/PCEB)
Subject: RPMI Symposium 2000

Hello All,

Marshall Burns wrote to regarding their
symposium in early 2000. All RP people should visit and weigh-in. Marshall's statement included the

"If you happen to agree with what I'm saying, that doesn't mean that you
solve the problem by directing your promotion of the conference to CEOs,
lobbyists, and entrepreneurs. Because, by and large, those groups do not
have any idea that fabbers are a phenomenon worth paying attention to. You
have a classic chicken-and-egg dilemma. The purpose of your conference is
raise the consciousness of America about the fabber future, but to get
attendance you need to find people who are already believers."

Marshall Burns' insightful comments make sense to me: CEO's, Professionals
Entrepreneurs had better become aware of what could happen.

I would like to see a plenary session built around a possible or probable
emerging TENSION between two kinds of MANUFACTURERS of widgets, and the
parts for widgets: A) Organizations (companies) vs B) Individuals (fabbers
or cottage industries), as they might soon be competing for production of
prototypes, 2) early economical production quantities at minimum investment
by consumers and 3) full-scale production quantities, of either I) Same
Design from OEM's, catalogs or dealers or II) Custom Designs or Reverse
Engineerings per order. It could become a classic struggle over
channels. Given the rapidly emerging internet communications and market, I
would bet on a new paradigm to emerge and prosper, of B) producing 1,2 & 3
of II, if RPG+M people do their jobs well. Canny CEO's themselves might
apply the new paradigm within their organizations.

Best Regards, Tom Richards, Metallurgist

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