Agreed! I think this was my point back when the original thread started.
These few companies that are able to use current technology as a
manufacturing method are just the beginning. What I have a problem with is
that if we start using these terms then the equipment or technology is sold
as such and it certainly does not meet the "standard" for manufacturing
production parts if you look at the big picture. In 5 or 10 years we may
see an entirely different picture.
From: EdGrenda@aol.com [SMTP:EdGrenda@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2000 11:07 AM
To: KDenton@williams-int.com; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Review of direct manufacturing threads
In a message dated 00-02-21 09:07:45 EST, you write:
Very interesting and a great job gathering and posting the page.
all of the examples the you have found I believe that my comments
As much as I love the RP industry I could never with a clear
the processes as "Rapid Manufacturing" or "Direct Manufacturing".
still way too many stumbling blocks to overcome: accuracy,
speed, repeatability, limits on feature size....Just to name a few!
I would have to agree that if we speak about the existing
limitations of the
technology that you're right. Today's equipment will never provide
generalized manufacturing means.
However, there are definitely applications for which those
significant. Layered manufacturing techniques have resulted in the
of several companies that use the technology to solve specific
Erkut's example of Therics is a good one, another is Specific
This company makes big ceramic filters for power plants using 3DP.
is Pure Fluid Magic. They make (made?) customized IC probe
high res SLA.
So I think that what we are witnessing is that RP technology is very
moving into manufacturing applications that take advantage of its
characteristics, or where nothing else will do the job. There may
applications like this than we realize. I'm aware of a couple of
potential ones that I can't discuss, so I suspect other people are
It doesn't happen overnight, but once technology is introduced to
problem, it becomes more refined with time and use. It then becomes
solution that is more widely applicable to other problems. At some
fortuitous development or linkage occurs and the technology blossoms
But it takes sooo long....
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