Re: RP meeting in Chicago

From: Sylvain Masounave (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 22:53:26 EEST

the link is

At 12:09 PM 17/04/00 -0600, you wrote:
>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
> >have
> >been disappointed if I had only one industry to serve since
> >participation
> >at the conference was down and the amount of user type presentations
> >was
> >almost non-existent. I was forced to use face to face encounters to
> >learn
> >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
> >the
> >presentations and conversations. Some reasons I heard for cutbacks
> >were
> >along the line that this was a party rather than a learning
> >experience. This is interesting in that most managers would never see
> >a
> >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
> >other
> >business pressures that has led to users not being able to communicate
> >how
> >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
> >the
> >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
> >develops
> >as well as others have then how do you spell success?
> >$$$$$$$$$$$$ Instead of about 5500+ in the world today, Terry may
> >report
> >15,000 next year. Especially after seeing the color Z-Corp system.
> >You
> >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
> >the
> >user defines color and they have winner for lots of reasons. My grand
> >kids
> >will make tons of POKEMONS more reasonably than the cards! Flexible
> >too!
> >
> >It seems that the RP competition is here and how this will effect
> >machine
> >sales only time will tell. When I see a machine that can ultimately
> >replace
> >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
> >technologies
> >are progressing along very nicely and I learn of one new company. I
> >was
> >fascinated by the Japanese work on Incremental Forming of Sheet Metal
> >and
> >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
> >at
> >50,000rpm. Look at for more information. Also they
> >presented E-Darts system at 38K, Liquid Crystal Projection System
> >being
> >developed at RIKEN and a system that uses the DMD Mirror system of
> >Texas
> >Instruments. The RIKEN system may have used the TI stuff.
> >
> >I also found a mini injection-molding machine in either a one or two
> >ounce
> >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
> >projects
> >to accomplish. Was it worth my time and sore feet? Now how did I
> >spell
> >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!
> >Got
> >that reservation Cindy?
> >
> >
> >Partying on!
> >Elaine
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >*******************************************************************
> >Opinions, suggestions, and other controversial matter VOID where
> >prohibited.
> >******************************************************************
> >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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  Sylvain Masounave
    Directeur - secteur prototypage et outillage
    Director - rapid prototyping and tooling department

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