RE: 3d for 2k event

From: David K. Leigh (
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 19:32:23 EEST

I have a hard time getting computers, printers, and copiers less than
$2,000. Of course, it can be done. Computers are now regularly under $2k,
and printers range from the ultimate cheap to $2k. . . But, high quality
copiers. . . hmmm

Why would u want to develop something that would have no margin. And, if
they purchased a $2k system, what would be the ancilary equipment needs?
Computer $1400
Desk $100
Software $2500

Not to talk about software and hardware maintenance.

David K. Leigh (254) 933-1000
Harvest Technologies, Inc. fax (254) 298-0125
Rapid Prototyping Services

  -----Original Message-----
  From: []On Behalf
Of Steven Pollack
  Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 10:56 AM
  Subject: Re: 3d for 2k event


  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?

    ----- Original Message -----
    To: ;
    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
            Must identify the costs of build materials and operation.
            Must submit a report with construction diagrams, parts list and
            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

    "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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