RE: [rp-ml] RP and Me

From: Mike Durham <>
Date: Tue Jan 20 2009 - 19:43:47 EET

I don't like to be called a dinosaur because dinosaurs are really, really
old. But I was in that class with Elaine back in June of 1989. It does
not seem like 20 years has passed since I became involved in the most
fascinating technology in the world. I still get a kick out of watching a
first timer see an SLA machine operate or the powder melting in an SLS


That being said, I don't think there have been any ground breaking
improvements in those 20 years. There have been gradual improvements in
material properties, speed, accuracy, and size but the industry is not where
I expected it to be by now. I am still waiting for an RP machine that can
build a production quality part in plastic or metal at a reasonable price.
Maybe if some of the major manufactures would have spent more time and money
on process and material improvements instead of fighting each other, we
would be a little closer.


Mike Durham

Absolute Geometries



From: [] On Behalf
Of Elaine Hunt
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 10:50 AM
Subject: [rp-ml] RP and Me


I left the RPMl about 5 years ago and decided this week to re-join to see
just where the technology had moved. I was shocked to see the naming debate
was still a topic however it is an interesting one and seems to be based on
just how individuals interact with the technology.


I came back to RPML to learn more and catch up so here are my questions:


This June will be the 20th year since I first trained at 3D Systems. How
many of the real

Dinasaurs are still lurking about?


What can you do with the technology today that you could not do...

20 years ago?

10 years ago?

5 years ago?


What do you want to the able to do in

5 years?

10 years?

20 years?


What if anything is keeping you from being able to achieve this need?


What has surprised you the most about the technology?





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