From: Steven Pollack (StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET)
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 18:45:17 EEST
Great, but is it castable? Interesting also that so many in the jewelry
industry, myself included, have talked to 3D Systems regarding the Thermojet
and having a two material system with a dissolvable material so support
structure would not be such a hassle, and they determined that several
million $ in R&D would need to be done to achieve this. Subsequently they
determined that their R&D funds would be better spent elsewhere.
Appearantly this R&D went into blocking a competing technology rather than
opening up new markets for 3D Systems products. I don't see how this
product will open up any new markets. I can definately see how it would
canabalize existing sales of SLA machines but that does not seem like such a
benefit to 3D Systems.
They should really call me before doing these things.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 9:44 AM
Subject: Competition for Objet
> This appears to be 3D Systems answer to the Objet.
> 3D VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 2002--3D Systems Corp.
(Nasdaq:TDSC - news) today announced it is developing a new solid imaging
technology that produces plastic-like models using a combination of
photocurable hot melt materials and inkjet printing.
> "This technology advancement, now in the final phase of development,
represents a significant evolution of our Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) product
line, which will provide numerous benefits for our customers," said Grant
Flaharty, executive vice president of worldwide business operations.
> "The new technology combines 3D Systems' expertise in photocurable
materials with our proven ink-jet-based MJM technology to offer the best of
both -- durable photopolymer-based materials delivered via an easy-to-use
3-D printer. The resulting product will be commercialized in 2002 and enable
designers, engineers and other 3-D data users to quickly, easily and
conveniently produce cost-effective, high-quality durable models in their
> For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/
For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/
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