RE: [rp-ml] Anybody see how this might relate to RP?

From: Marshall Burns <>
Date: Mon May 17 2004 - 22:51:50 EEST

Hi Larry,

        Absolutely! Back in about 1994, I wrote an article for the RP
Report about micro-Velcro being developed by Kris Pister, then at UCLA.
This kind of control is interesting because it would allow us to
fabricate structures on the surface of a material which can then be used
to hold together larger composite structures in variable configurations.
To bring it into the world of RP or fabbers requires being able to
control the process via CAD, which ought to be feasible.

        Very exciting possibilities.

        Of course, the best thing about the article was learning the new
word, "gobsmacked!"

Best regards,
Marshall Burns
Ennex Corporation

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> 15:26 14 May 04
> Micro-sculptures give metal the Velcro touch
> Minuscule shapes sculpted on metal surfaces could have a
> profound impact in many fields of engineering. By training
> intense electron beams on the surface of metals, Bruce Dance
> and his team have found a way to fashion delicate metal
> projections that will act like ultra-strong Velcro to form
> much tougher joints between metals and lightweight composite
> materials in aircraft and cars...
> Larry Blasch
> Design Engineer/CAE Systems Administrator
> OPW Fueling Components
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