RE: RP meeting in Chicago

From: Siemer, Michael (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 22:42:01 EEST


My curiosity got the best of me, and I attempted it with just "INCS"


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Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: RP meeting in Chicago


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

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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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