RE: [rp-ml] milling=am?

From: David Pinkston <>
Date: Thu Jan 14 2010 - 18:12:19 EET

I have been involved in this industry sense 1998 and would have to agree
that with the comments below but my feeling is that everyone's so "into"
their own thing, at their jobs or even hobbies, that it doesn't lead them to
this industry and the understanding of it. I think one of the items that has
stopped further investigation by individuals is the cost just to try it.
It's a lot better these days but I remember when I first started
investigating, I would make a presentation about a new product, bring up the
RP subject and the cost to get a RP part and would be turned down mainly due
to the cost (We'll wait comment). If this is still the mindset it's no
wonder that people will just do the traditional and not the RP.

Just a thought

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of Derek Morton
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:23 PM
Subject: RE: [rp-ml] milling=am?

I have been involved in the RP/AM industry and enjoying this mailing
list since 1996 and totally agree with the comments below. I operate FDM
and CNC machines in the "real world" and continue the pursuit of
educating my customers and the general public (hopefully future
customers) as to what this technology is and the benefits it can
provide. Regularly receiving the "kind of nod" Nicholas is talking
about, even from engineering professionals and manufacturing specialist,
I would also enjoying seeing more discussions around strategies to bring
this technology into the minds of more people.

My thoughts from Down Under.

Derek Morton
3MECH - Technical Services
Adelaide, Australia

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Nick Rivers
Sent: Thursday, 14 January 2010 6:51 AM
To: rpml
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] milling=am?

For whatever my two cents are worth, it has been my experience that
people in the "real world" i.e. consumers or the public have no clue
what AM or RP is. When I started doing this work my family and friends
would say " so what is it you do?" Often times I resort to simply saying
I am a model maker. If there is a debate over what "this" is we do I
would center it around making it a more clear understanding to the
general public. General public can hear terms such as AutoCAD, CNC,
Injection molding, etc. and have a basic understanding of what you are
talking about. Most people when I say either Additive Manufacturing or
Rapid Prototyping just kind of give me that nod and then I chuckle. Even
people in plastics and molding really don't get a whole lot of this.

Just my observations.


nuhill technologies
Received on Thu Jan 14 18:24:48 2010

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