Date: Fri Mar 22 2002 - 20:52:59 EET
This is really good advice and much more widely applicable than the jewelry
industry. We now have an enormous range of technologies and inventions which
can be brought to bear to solve specific, large economic problems.
If we can identify large markets that can profit from additive fabrication
and define their needs, as you have, it will provide the needed guidance for
technology development. The real frontier is marketing. It's happening in
areas of medicine and dentistry, but as you point out there may be some large
markets right under our noses we're simply not seeing.
Quite a stimulating posting!
Castle Island Co.
Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping
In a message dated 02-03-22 11:41:23 EST, StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET writes:
<< There are 30,000 jewelry outlets in the U.S. all utilizing lost wax
casting to some degree while there are only a few auto or airplane
manufacturers. That likely makes the jewelry industry the best possible
target for RP.
Stop thinking Rapid Prototyping and start thinking Rapid Manufacturing. The
technology is there, it is just the motivation and insight that is lacking.
For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/
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