From: Steven Pollack (StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET)
Date: Fri Mar 22 2002 - 18:20:09 EET
3D SCANNINGDear RP machine manufacturers. After being on this list for about three years now I want to share a particular view that I think needs to see the light of day.
In my unscientific opinion, there are more posts from the jewelry industry on RP-ML about RP than from any other single industry yet the manufacturers of RP equipment consistently ignore the needs of this large untapped market in favor of the needs of the large Aerospace type industries that initially spawned RP. There are 30,000 jewelry outlets in the U.S. all utilizing lost wax casting to some degree while there are only a few auto or airplane manufacturers. That likely makes the jewelry industry the best possible target for RP.
Here is what the various technologies would need to do to service this trade:
ModelMakerII - Make this more turnkey and reliable. Make the build platform smaller, like 3" cubed to bring down the price.
Thermojet - Make a second support material that is removable
DTM/EOS/POM - Work on gold and platinum powders
SLA - Work on a more castable material
Objet - Work on a more castable material
Or you can continue what you are doing, catering to the few companies with large R&D budgets, and scratch your heads wondering why you don't sell more than 100 units per year.
Stop thinking Rapid Prototyping and start thinking Rapid Manufacturing. The technology is there, it is just the motivation and insight that is lacking.
President, Digital Jeweler, LLC
----- Original Message -----
From: Mehmet SALIM
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 12:06 AM
Subject: 3D SCANNING
We are in Jewellery industry we are looking for an equipment to scan 3D Objects like human beings, animals, small statues like 10mm X 10 mm x 10 mm.
We have found some but they are generally made to scan big features.
Our aim to scan this small parts is to make the copy of them with our Model Maker (RP Machine) and then make the moulds for investment casting or to use these models in electroplating (or electroforming not sure).
If is there anyone in the list using this kind of an equipment please get in touch with me.
I will be in the jewellery industry exhibition in 1st week of April in Switzerland, if any company in this exhibition dealing this kind of equipments I can visit their booth also.
thanks in advance for the reply
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