Re: Much (nice) talk about the Z-stuff, BUT.......

From: JB Ventures (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 00:35:25 EET

Dear Jim (Pike), and all others ...

I'm NOT critisizing a machine wich I don't know, the Z402 has proven to be a good tool to make prototypes; I was just wondering how they (Z402-users) handle the material, and what the effects are with re-used powders. One major plus for the Z-machine is the fact that it is the core-business (only machine) of the Z-corp. Therefore much effort is taken to develop for instance new and better materials with an open mind for anyone with a good idea. My compliments!

Refering to the Genisys Xs of Stratasys wich we own, NO information is given about it's (future) possiblilities (or is there Mr. Stratasys (you know my private E-m.)). Neither do they stand open for external developments for materials or whatsoever, as I found out some months ago (only a brief message that warrenties will expire when buing/making materials from a third party! (a real 'open-mind' attitude...) Anyone ever heard Stratasys announcing new developments for it's Genisys system (apart from increasing it's buildvolume)?

We are truly satisfied with it's functioning, but to all Z402 users: you're blessed with that 'open-mind'-thing of your Z-manufacturer.

Kind regards,

Jorn Berends

JB Ventures BV - the Netherlands

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pike, Jim" <>
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Sent: Friday, January 14, 2000 7:48 PM
Subject: RE: Much (nice) talk about the Z-stuff, BUT.......

> Interested and curious,
> Hmmm.......I'm not sure that the (supply of material) side of the
> equation is where Z-Corp makes all of thier money!! How can they do that if
> we are recycling material?
> We, like others, reuse or recycle the material from previous builds
> without any profound negative effects. Do any of the other technologies
> recycle material?
> I don't believe anyone could be "wrong" in the critique of a machine
> that they don't own, especially if the machine that they do own was
> justified on the particular application or manufacturing industry of that
> comany. Some RP technologies better suit some rather than others. Costs and
> time to market are vital aspects the must be considered in each segment of
> each application or industry. With that said, customers will respond better
> to those that can supply sooner than later at a reasonable cost. I'd rather
> be crossing the finish line while the competition is still standing at the
> start line when it comes to supplying the customer - especially if I can get
> it done under 24 hours!!
> A nice feature that the Z-Corp software has: You can delay the start
> time of a build so that you dont have to get out of bed.
> Based on my experience with FDM, while the technology was fully
> capable, I was not able to justify the technology due to the costs of the
> materials and the speed of the machine.
> Sincerely,
> Jim Pike
> Sturm Inc.
> Product Development
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