Re: RP Career advice/help please!

From: SiderWhite (
Date: Tue Aug 06 2002 - 04:48:01 EEST

You could start by visiting some local RP shops (hopefully you have some close to you) and "interviewing" the operators and designers there to get some first hand information on RP operations and different RP technologies. Tell them your intentions first so they don't think you're an industrial spy! Perhaps even offer to freelance some design work in exchange for some hands-on work with their RP equipment, perhaps to create some of your own designs!
Also, some universities have RP labs and courses you can take. SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) has an RP Association which has a lot of information and seminars you could go to:
It's a neat field to be in because you get to see a lot of cutting edge and new designs growing right before your very eyes!

Good Luck!

Best Regards,
Glenn Whiteside
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: John Vollmen
  To: RPML
  Sent: Monday, August 05, 2002 12:06 PM
  Subject: RP Career advice/help please!

  Hello all,

  I am very interested in the RP industry and would like to gear my career towards this field. Any advice from people working in the industry on how I might be able to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated.

  Brief history of me - I received my BSME about two years ago and have
  worked as a design engineer since graduating. My work experience is
  exclusively in sheet metal design working with Pro/E, but I would really like to focus my
  career into the field of RP.

  Although my current position fits my life rather well at the moment, it is not where I want to spend the next 30 years. I would like to start gaining the necessary tools and knowledge to gear my career towards the RP industry so that when I am ready to make the switch, everything is already in place. Are there ways I can gain these skills without actively working with in the field?

  Please, even the most general of information might help me to determine a path of action.


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