Re: Solid Freeform Fabrication

From: Mark and Gary (
Date: Tue Jan 08 2002 - 04:59:55 EET

As an ex-stockbroker, I was exposed to hundreds of brokerage firms out there
that can be approached for project funding and start up capital.

These brokers are small, mom and pop, specialty firms for the most part that
nobody ever hears about....but they are approachable. The public generally
hears of venture capitalists and the major big name Wall Street firms... but
are also the wanna-bes, the very small firms that may listen to your
pleas (you can get a list from the National Association of Security
Dealrers, directory of members). They may or may not be able to help, but
you certainly can pitch them about needing capital and wave the prospect of
their profit participation in the venture and they may get on board. One
alternative that these small (stock) brokerage firms have is to package
your proposal more professionally, cut themselves in on the profit
participation, and take your proposal to a larger fish... a true venture
capital firm.

A second way to go is to approach the end user for your product and see if
they want to invest in a partnership/equity relationship with you. Under
that proposal
all your previous clients become potential investors. You pitch your own
clients to become part owners.

Gary Childress
retired broker
Whittier, California

----- Original Message -----
From: "thoms1991" <>
To: "Joe_CM" <>
Cc: "RP-ML" <>
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2002 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: Solid Freeform Fabrication

There are methodologies out there for bringing new ideas through the product
development process. But all require a product champion who understands the
process to push things along.
Best Regards, Tom Richards, Metallurgist

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe_CM" <>
To: "'Marshall Burns'" <>; <>; "'List:
Rapid prototyping'" <RP-ML@rapid.lpt.Fi>
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2002 10:49 AM
Subject: RE: Solid Freeform Fabrication

> Marshall, Jim and list,
> Another example of how hard it is to bring a new product to market is
> cutomLAM at click customLAM. Any near-genius
> marketing collaborators out there? I am convinced 10% of something is
> better than all of a dream.
> Best to all for the new year.
> Regards
> Joe Mac Donald
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Marshall Burns
> Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 11:57 AM
> To:; List: Rapid prototyping
> Subject: Re: Solid Freeform Fabrication
> Jim,
> Thanks for your inquiry. The Conveyed-Adherent process has been
> renamed
> "Offset Fabbing." The article that the abstract you quoted is from is at
> There are no service bureaus
> for
> this technology yet because I have not yet succeeded in taking the
> technology to market. I have been attempting to commercialize it in the
> form
> of an office machine to be called the "Genie Studio Fabber." Besides the
> office market, there are also interesting industrial applications, such
> as
> very-large-capacity fabbing, metals, and automated lay-up of composite
> prepregs. A working prototype was built and construction of a production
> prototype was begun, but mostly I have learned so far how hard it is to
> bring a new manufactured product to market.
> If you need some RP done, Southern California has some veteran
> industry
> service bureaus, like Scicon, Solid Concepts, 3-D CAM, Rapid Product
> Solutions, and Soligen. Also, the closest technology to Offset Fabbing
> is
> LOM, and you can get that from Cubic Technologies in Torrance. For
> contact
> information on these and a dozen more shops in the area, check out Ed
> Grenda's definitive directory at
> Good luck, welcome to the industry, and Happy New Year!
> Best regards,
> Marshall Burns
> President, Ennex Corporation
> Los Angeles, USA, (310) 397-1314
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 20:23
> Subject: Solid Freeform Fabrication
> > Suggestions please: I was doing some research looking for RP service
> > bureaus in Southern California or elsewhere that have a
> Conveyed-Adherent
> > process (as described below) based on sheet (paper) or thin plastic
> base
> > material....or secondarily on roll stock which is then cut to length
> as a
> > secondary process. Any help in this regard will be greatly
> appreciated.
> > Thank you!
> >
> > Jim Fallgatter
> > Tarla Products
> >
> >
> > 33 Automating Sheet-Based Fabrication: The Conveyed-Adherent (TM)
> Process
> > Author Charles L. Thomas, Kenneth J. Hayworth
> > Source Solid Freeform Fabrication Proceedings, 1996, pp 281-290
> > Abstract A new automated fabrication technology is described which
> breaks
> > the fabrication process into spatially separate layer-formation and
> > layer-bonding stages. The technique uses sheet material on a substrate
> as
> > feedstock and cuts cross-section contours into the material before
> > conveying the material on the substrate to a stacking station.
> Advantages
> > include (a) speed, (b) versatility in fabrication materials, and (c)
> > ability to fabricate hollows, embed or cast secondary materials, and
> > selectively enhance or degrade material properties on a regional
> basis. A
> > prototype fabricator has been built which automates all aspects of
> this
> > process except weeding. Applications demonstrated using this machine
> > include traditional rapid prototyping and visualization-model creation
> as
> > well as functional machines taking advantage of embedding and
> cast-in-place
> > techniques.(Auth abstract) [References: 8]
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