FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GARPA Members Meet in South Africa and Germany
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, December 5, 2001Representatives from the
Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) attended Global
Summit 2001, GARPA's annual meeting, on November 12 in Stellenbosch, South
Africa, near Cape Town. The Rapid Product Development Association of South
Africa, launched one year ago, hosted the event. GARPA is made up of 15
groups and associations in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Denmark,
Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, South
Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.
The summit in South Africa was GARPA's fourth annual meeting. Last year,
the alliance met in Paris, France, and the two previous years, in the USA.
Global Summit 2002 will be held in Beijing, China, in August and will
coincide with the Second International Conference on Rapid Prototyping and
Manufacturing 2002 at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
GARPA members also met on November 30 in Frankfurt, Germany, following a
special rapid prototyping (RP) conference held in conjunction with EuroMold
2001, a trade fair that brings together more than 50,000 people from around
the world. As a way to show appreciation to those who supported the
meeting, several gifts and prizes worth more than $30,000 were given to
GARPA members and others in attendance. Top prizes included the Geomagic
Studio 4.0 software from Raindrop Geomagic valued at $20,000 and a complete
resin fill for an SLA 250 stereolithography machine (valued at $9,000) from
DSM Somos. A similar GARPA event was held last year at EuroMold in
GARPA serves as a catalyst for the exchange of information on rapid
prototyping and tooling around the world. GARPA activities include
technical presentations at industry conferences, the publication of
application case studies, business meetings, social events, and the
informal sharing of information among its members. The alliance was founded
in 1998 by Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, Inc. and Dr. Ian Gibson of
the University of Hong Kong. Both serve as advisors to the alliance. For
more information on GARPA, visit www.garpa.org.
See also http://wohlersassociates.com/press19.htm for an html version of
this press release.
For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/
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