Re: 3d for 2k event

From: Steven Pollack (StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET)
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 18:56:14 EEST


Doesn't this contest pre-suppose that a $2000 RP machine is a possibility? Maybe it is possible so then my question becomes if you know of the technology that would make this happen how come no commercial company is working on it?

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  Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 10:42 AM
  Subject: RE: 3d for 2k event

  What's the point 3D Systems will sue the crap out of the winner claiming some form of patent infringement!

  Karl R. Denton

  Lead Engineer

  RP and Casting Operations

  Williams International

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Elaine Hunt []
  Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 10:52 AM
  To: RPML
  Subject: 3d for 2k event

  The idea of 3d for 2k has been kicked around for a number of years... so below are ideas for comments, suggestions, and flames, plus volunteers......


  (3D under $2K)
  3 Dimensional Replicator Competition

  Vision: To produce functional designs for low cost machines that can replicate 3 dimensional objects from computer data models. (CAD, 3D Imaging, and VR file formats)
  Mission: To encourage students (and home hobbyists) to build a 3 dimensional replicating system for less than $2K that is capable of building useful parts.


  Design a 3D replicating system using "off the shelf" or easy to fabricate parts, that can be built for less than $2000 USD. Thereby increasing public awareness of prototyping technologies and the use of 3 dimensional replication.

          Must submit an object replicated by the system.
  Must describe and demonstrate the operational parameters.
  Must describe or demonstrate the use or function of the replicated parts.
          Must identify the costs of build materials and operation.
          Must submit a report with construction diagrams, parts list and costs.
          Must be public domain work.

  Time Frame: Work must begin in ? 2002 and final submission of paper and models must be made by ? , 2003. (ideas of timing are welcome)

  Promotion: Entrants must be willing to be interviewed by the media and promote the competition.

  Judging: A committee of business leaders will select finalists based on quality of replicated objects, ease of use, functionality of objects, and cost to create the system and the replicated objects.

  Finalist Judging: Replicator systems must be operational during event held for judging.

  Publication: All submissions will be posted on a web site with complete plans and materials lists available. 2004 competition will build on previous work.

  "In war, attempts thought to be impossible do often for that very reason become possible and practical, because nobody expects them and no precautions are taken to guard against them." Benjamin Franklin

  Elaine Hunt, Director
  Laboratory to Advance Industrial Prototyping
  100 Fluor Daniel Building
  Clemson University
  Clemson, SC 29634

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