RE: reverse engineering benchmarking

From: Terry T. Wohlers (
Date: Mon Aug 26 2002 - 22:35:40 EEST


I believe this thread began with a reverse engineering benchmark in mind,
as the subject line suggests. However, the idea of doing an RP benchmark is
also interesting. As an independent body, the Global Alliance of Rapid
Prototyping Associations (GARPA) may be interested in doing the work.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the costs associated with it?

As a sidenote, GARPA's Global Summit 2002 was held on August 18 in Beijing,
China. Representatives from Australia, Germany, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan,
mainland China, South Africa, UK, and the USA were present. The meeting,
hosted by Professor Yongnian Yan of Tsinghua University, was very
productive. A summary of the meeting will be available at as
soon as possible.

Best regards,


Terry Wohlers
Wohlers Associates, Inc.
OakRidge Business Park
1511 River Oak Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 USA
Fax 970-225-2027

Message text written by Elaine Hunt
>At 01:46 PM 8/26/2002 -0400, Ping Fu wrote:
>In my extensive market research, I have not seen complete benchmark
>done in this industry sector.

Dick Aubin did the IMS benchmark which looked at all systems that were
current at the time of the study. However the raw data was only available
to the membership. If anyone wants to do a repeat study such as GARPA I
believe the time has come that such a study would benefit the industry
greatly. While the IMS study was volunteer and many of the parts were
"handmade" to benefit the company the results I knew about was surprising.

Where are all the pioneers now? Surely Dick was not the last of the breed?


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