Re: 3D Lightyear (Humble Pie For Bob)

From: Scott Sutterer (
Date: Thu Jul 29 1999 - 15:49:56 EEST

Glad to hear you are happy with the software. I will keep checking my
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Subject: Re: 3D Lightyear (Humble Pie For Bob)

> A few weeks ago I blasted 3D Systems saying 3D lightyear was vaporware. It
> was of course just ancious anticipation on my part. 3D Lightyear is now
> shipping (according to sources at 3D). I have been using the beta3 version
> lightyear for about a week now. I am truly humbled because this software
> even better than I could have imagined. What used to take us 5 or 6 hours
> slice on our old SGI Indigo II now slices in 15 minutes on my much lower
> SGI NT workstation. They have automatic verify and automatic part
> which is really nice for when your building bunches of parts. The new copy
> feature to make multiples of parts is really handy.
> All the resin and recoater parameters are included and seem to work
> well right out of the box.
> The software is all windows based and very easy to operate with online
> help that is very well written.
> The buildstation 5 software is also very solid. The line drawing is
> done differently so I'm told. We were able to increase our drawing speed
> 75 on borders and 125 on hatching up to 125 borders and 200 hatching with
> apparent degredation in quality. This in combination with the good SL5510
> resin parameters has decreased our buildtimes by as much as 50% from
> Tony the 3D field service technician in the Chicago area had everything
> running in about a day. He really knows his stuff.
> I just want to commend the 3D Systems development team for the best
> software product I have seen in a long while. I hope this gets me back in
> good graces with 3D now.
> with egg on my face
> Bob Morton
> Fusion Engineering
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