Re: Price Reduction

From: Marshall Burns (
Date: Wed Mar 06 2002 - 21:31:43 EET

Oops, I didn't mean to include the private correspondence in that last message, Sometimes it is I that is dumb.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Marshall Burns
  To: List: Rapid prototyping
  Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2002 11:29
  Subject: Re: Price Reduction

  I've been reminded offlist by an RP-ML member that EOS does exactly what I was saying would be stupid. Each model of the EOSint is designed for a specific kind of material, eg, plastics, metals, or sand. And I stand by my statement. That is dumb marketing. If you want to do sintering of both metals and plastics, and you only have the requirements to justify one machine, what are you going to buy, a Sinterstation that can be adjusted to use each material, or two EOSints?

  Marshall Burns

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Marshall Burns []
    Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 12:26 PM
    To:; Elaine Hunt
    Subject: Re: Price Reduction

      I think what you're saying is that 3D Systems can be expected to promote and protect a *single source* for materials on SLAs and SinterStations, not *single materials*. I'd be very surprised if they tried to shoehorn all their users into working with only a single type of material on each type of machine. That would be just plain stupid.

      Best regards,
      Marshall Burns
      President, Ennex Corporation
      Los Angeles, USA, (310) 397-1314

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Elaine Hunt
        Sent: Tuesday, March 5, 2002 11:40
        Subject: Re: Price Reduction

        At 01:14 PM 3/5/2002 -0600, you wrote:

          Why is 3D Systems moving to a one material system and in what way does this affect the owners of their machines ability to use other materials?

        3D acquired DTM and DTM systems are licensed for a particular material... DTM sued one user who tried to use material from another manufacturer, I believe. One could reason that since 3D bought RPC that they plan the same operation with their SLAs. This is pure conjecture on my part but several of us moldie oldies had the same thoughts. It will be interesting enough to see how 3D handles removing Ciba material from an established base that they pushed and installed. In the past they have hinted at loss of maintenance, no material support and other venues to keep users on the Ciba bandwagon. 2002 should prove the be the year of resin litigation and who wins will describe the market for the next decade.


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