RE: [rp-ml] Just wondering where everybody has gone

From: Zubrickie, Robert F (
Date: Fri Oct 12 2007 - 13:44:08 EEST

We'll be at the 3DSUG Conference at the Hilton Orange County in Costa
Mesa, California, April 6 - 10, 2008. The networking will answer all
these questions.

Bob Z.



From: [] On
Behalf Of Rachel Park
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 5:53 AM
To: George Sachs
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] Just wondering where everybody has gone


I know for a fact that many of the original 'cheerleaders' for RP are
still here and still working in the industry. If I could point you to
the July/August issue of The TCT Magazine, a feature appeared called the
TCT 25, which listed the top 25 individuals who have been dominant in
RP/RM/RPD for the last 15 years, together with a brief biography for
each and what they are doing now. This list was compiled based on votes
from within the industry and from readers of TCT Magazine. This feature
was also supplemented by an article that documented some of the major
milestones over the last fifteen years in this industry.

I think you have a point when you suggest that the maturity level of RP
may be influencing the lack of noise on this list, however in my opinion
RP is far from mainstream and the boundaries still need to be pushed.
Having attended the latest TCT Conference on RM, which ran the same week
as VRAP in Portugal which also hosted the annual GARPA summit, I think
it is safe to say that there are still a high number of real champions
of the technology out there and doing what they can to spread the word.
RM is experiencing the same growing pains that RP did 20 years ago, but
it is making huge strides forward as it strives to find its place in the
manufacturing economy - which it undoubtedly will.

Regards, Rachel

Rachel Park
TCT Magazine

On 11 Oct 2007, at 20:44, George Sachs wrote:

        I was just wondering where all the RP "cheerleaders" of old have
gone ... onto greener pastures perhaps? Have many of the contributors to
this list from the 90's moved on to do other things or has interest just
waned in general? Is RP, perhaps, now too mature and mainstream to
really bother pushing anymore? I'd like to get anyones thoughts about
the last 20 years and where things might head in the next 10. For
instance has anyone been able to make any really BIG money from RP
compared to, say, the internet? What about RM? Is there anything new for
manufacturers to really get excited about lately (or, maybe, was there
ever)? Having been with this list since the beginning, I was just
wondering who's left from those "heady" early days of fantastic

        G. Sachs
        Paradyme Systems

Rachel Park
TCT Magazine
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