Although many (most?) people know about the Hot Plot, and even thought of it during the cute toy conversation, we probably left it out for cost reasons. Although it's on the low end of the RP machine spectrum, my memory tells me it's more expensive than a toy. What does a Sparx machine cost these days?
As for the JP System 5, or the Hasbro toy for that matter, wouldn't either one of those be more inteesting if we had an inexpensive laser scanner as an input device for them?
Werdinius Christian wrote:
>I just want to add, that there is a company, Sparx, in Mölndal in Sweden.
>They have product similar to the JP System 5, which they call Hot Plot.
>See also a comment from Terry Wohlers the 12/1 -96 at
>At 09:34 1997-10-30 -0800, you wrote:
>>In response to Jason Dickman's (Hasbro Toys), George Sachs, Rick Lott:
>>The "new" toy described doesn't seem new to me. I would have a very
>>hard time believing that the R&D group at Hasbro hasn't seen Schroff
>>Development's JP System 5 - low cost desktop concept modeler! (if
>>you're not familiar with JP System 5 - check out www.JPSYSTEM5.com), or
>>the research efforts of Dr. Charles Thomas, University of Utah
>>JP System 5 has been on the market for approx. 2 years and it is
>>marketed as an educational tool for introducing people to the concepts
>>of Rapid Prototyping.
>>Parts are created on JP System 5 from layers cut on a sign-making
>>plotter equipped with a knife blade. The layers are manually stacked on
>>a registration board to create the part.
>>JP System 5 evolved from Shapemaker I - a low cost educational tool for
>>RP developed by Dr. Charles Thomas and his students at the University of
>>The 3D puzzle comes with pre-cut layers that need to be sorted and
>>stacked on a registration board to generate a sculpture of a famous
>>person. Again a very familiar theme to those who read any papers
>>published by the RP research groups at the U of Utah or CAM/LEM - Case
>>Western - groups that have made extensive use of human head models as
>>examples for their Layered Manufacturing research.
>>As I had used JP System 5 and its predecessor - Shapemaker I, I felt
>>compelled to make these clarifications for those who may not be aware of
>>this background information.
>>Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are strictly personal and
>>don't reflect those of my employer.
>>Andrei S. Novac
>>Parametric Technology Corporation
>>11000 SW Stratus, Suite 360
>>Beaverton, OR 97008
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