RE: [rp-ml] Where are the Universities?

From: Steve Stewart (
Date: Fri Dec 30 2005 - 01:10:15 EET

Well, we have been pretty much "just prototypers" for many years and find
that at least one professor at University of Colorado, Larry Carlson, is
interested, and preaches the values of rapid manufacturing to his students.
To that end, we sponsor a regular program for the ME students there, where
our VP of Business Development does a guest lecture to the class on the
benefits of various fabrication processes. The students then get to submit
a small SLA for a project they have done while learning CAD, and we make
maybe 50 free SLA's each semester. So, maybe the University isn't
interested enough to buy/maintain equipment when they only need it once or
twice a semester. Businesses that use it all the time can cooperate and
stimulate the interest of students here. They may also be able to learn how
to throw out conventional manufacturing rules and make parts that can ONLY
be made with additive fabrication. See
<> if you're interested.
Steve Stewart
Protogenic, Inc.
Steve Stewart
protogenic, inc.
1490 w. 121 ave., suite 101 phone:303-252-0212
westminster, co 80234 fax:303-252-0223

Protogenic - Your design, our commitment
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-----Original Message-----
From: Marshall Burns []
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 3:20 PM
To: 'Al Hastbacka'; 'RP-ML'
Subject: RE: [rp-ml] Where are the Universities?


Okay, I'll jump back in on this note. Clemson, I believe has closed its RP
lab and Elaine has retired from Clemson.


Why should universities be interested in rapid prototyping? By and large,
students and benefactors are not interested in manufacturing. That's old
school. Who wants to make prototypes?


What we need is for a school to create a curriculum on FABRICATOR SCIENCE. I
once met the guy who created the first curriculum in computer science at
UCLA in the 1960s. That was groundbreaking at the time, and look at how it
has spread around the world! Imagine if people in those days had called
computers "rapid arithmetic" !! Who would have shown up for that?


I know some people on here are tired of hearing me harp on about
terminology, but I just remain astounded that we are sitting on the most
exciting field of technology on the planet (much more exciting than nanotech
because it's real today) and people still go around talking about




To sign up students and benefactors, you have to paint a grand vision that
turns them on and gets them excited. We are in the 21st century, for







From: [] On Behalf
Of Al Hastbacka
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:51
Subject: [rp-ml] Where are the Universities?


We get the feeling that the university interest in RP has really dwindled
over the past several years. Is this observation unique to us, or has there
been a major downsizing in RP efforts at the colleges and universities that
others have also observed? ( e.g, Clemson used to be a major contributor to
the list, but now it is difficult to discern any interest in RP at that



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