Re: RP meeting in Chicago

From: Ken Miller (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 21:09:50 EEST


The link does not appear to be valid. Can
others reach it or is it just my problem?

Ken Miller
Miller Technologies
395 South 1100 West
Farmington, Utah 84025

-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Hunt <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 12:40:54 -0400
Subject: RP meeting in Chicago

>'s over and we are all getting back home to digest
>what we
>saw and heard.
>While Marshall covered some of the major items at the exhibits, I'd
>like to
>comment on the event as a whole. As a long time participant I could
>been disappointed if I had only one industry to serve since
>at the conference was down and the amount of user type presentations
>almost non-existent. I was forced to use face to face encounters to
>the new stuff and how well individual industries are faring with the
>technologies. Also if I had not spent considerable time at the
>exhibits I
>would not have been able to see those who were not at the conference.
>I am concerned that travel budgets have been cut by a large variety of
>companies and since this is the top RP&M event where are do they
>expect to
>get their information. I question if the Internet will ever replace
>presentations and conversations. Some reasons I heard for cutbacks
>along the line that this was a party rather than a learning
>experience. This is interesting in that most managers would never see
>golf game as a party yet tons of business deals are completed in this
>manner. I guess I will party on without a lot of you. Too bad.
>Also there were comments about the buy-outs, management changes, and
>business pressures that has led to users not being able to communicate
>they use the technologies. Overall this can be extremely bad for the
>industry since the user community has driven this technology to where
>it is
>today. Some how we still miss educating management in the benefits of
>technology as well as in being apart of the RP&M community.
>I offered to write a personal check for the OBJET but they refused my
>offer. It is a nice machine considering it is an Alpha and first
>generation system. I remember the olden days and if this machine
>as well as others have then how do you spell success?
>$$$$$$$$$$$$ Instead of about 5500+ in the world today, Terry may
>15,000 next year. Especially after seeing the color Z-Corp system.
>wanted to stay and watch the entire part being the old
>days of
>watching the laser draw. Now if and when they can produce color where
>user defines color and they have winner for lots of reasons. My grand
>will make tons of POKEMONS more reasonably than the cards! Flexible
>It seems that the RP competition is here and how this will effect
>sales only time will tell. When I see a machine that can ultimately
>my SLA250 and I can buy one for what upkeep on that system is alone
>you can
>picture an upgrade machine each year even for educational
>institutions. And with color.........that's progress!
>If you attended the conference you heard about METALS. These
>are progressing along very nicely and I learn of one new company. I
>fascinated by the Japanese work on Incremental Forming of Sheet Metal
>see this as a great development. I am not sure when it will be
>available. Also they presented some work on HPM using a micro-spindle
>50,000rpm. Look at for more information. Also they
>presented E-Darts system at 38K, Liquid Crystal Projection System
>developed at RIKEN and a system that uses the DMD Mirror system of
>Instruments. The RIKEN system may have used the TI stuff.
>I also found a mini injection-molding machine in either a one or two
>size. Priced at $15-17k these systems are very interesting for many
>reasons. Contact: 440-564-7210. The system was in Joe Frantz booth.
>Overall I brought home tons of good information that I would have not
>learned sitting at home. This morning I sat down with a group of local
>industry and after sharing all this new stuff came up with several
>to accomplish. Was it worth my time and sore feet? Now how did I
>success? $$$$$ That is what local and global industry need to save.
>See you in Cincinnati next year. And I am first on the bus to Hasbro!
>that reservation Cindy?
>Partying on!
>Opinions, suggestions, and other controversial matter VOID where
>Elaine T. Hunt, Director
>Laboratory to Advance Industrial Prototyping
>Clemson University 206 Fluor Daniel Bldg.
>Clemson, SC 29634-0925
>864-656-0321 (voice) 864-656-4435 (fax)
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