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EuroMold 2004 to Spotlight the Future of RP for Conceptual Design and Series Production


FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, September 16, 2004—DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced their sixth annual international conference that coincides with the highly successful EuroMold trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled the Future of RP for Conceptual Design and Series Production, will occur on Friday, December 3 at EuroMold 2004. The trade fair is December 1-4 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.

"This conference has established itself as one of the most important events at EuroMold," agreed Ms. Diana Schnabel and Dr. Eberhard Döring, chief executives at DEMAT, the organizers of EuroMold. Each year, world-class speakers focus on emerging applications, developments, and trends in the fast-moving rapid prototyping (RP) industry. Through the careful selection of 10 speakers, each with something very special to share, this conference has gained a reputation of delivering quality and timely information.

In the recent past, the highest growth segment of RP has been 3D printing for the conceptual design of new products. This is one of two focal points of this year’s conference. Affordable systems from companies such as Stratasys and Z Corp. are selling in numbers like never before. The conference will reveal how manufacturers are using these machines to help speed product development, reduce cost, enhance communications, and improve product quality.

The second area of focus is on the use of RP technology for the manufacture of series production parts. Compelling examples show that rapid manufacturing is a viable solution for many types of parts in aerospace, motor sports, military, dental, medical, art, and consumer industries. Machines from 3D Systems, EOS, and Solidscape are the products of choice, with laser sintering leading the way.

"Last year, 1,530 exhibitors and more than 57,000 engineers, toolmakers, managers, and executives from 64 countries used EuroMold as an international meeting place," Döring stated. The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA), a non-profit organization that Wohlers co-founded in 1998, has endorsed the event and is participating in it.

DEMAT organizes some of the most successful trade fairs in Europe. For more information on EuroMold and the December 3 conference, visit http://www.euromold.com. Wohlers Associates provides technical, marketing, and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in product design, prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing. For more information, visit http://wohlersassociates.com. Details on GARPA are available at http://www.garpa.org.

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The conference, titled the Future of RP for Conceptual Design and Series Production, will feature the following speakers:


Dr. Deon de Beer, Chief Director, Technology Management
Central University of Technology (South Africa)

Mr. Jiri Evenhuis, Creative Director
Mr. Janne Kyttanen, Managing Director
Freedom of Creation (Netherlands)

Dr. Richard Hague, Head, Rapid Manufacturing Research Group
Loughborough University (UK)

Mr. Kobi Jacobi
Engineering Manager, Plastics & Electronics Packaging Department
Aran Research & Development (Israel)

Dr. Martin Landwehr, Senior Engineer
Wincor-Nixdorf (Germany)

Mr. Tom Mueller, Partner
Express Pattern (USA)

Mr. Gary Rabinovitz, Rapid Prototyping Lab Manager
Reebok (USA)

Dr. Eleftherios Terry Sachlos

Chief Scientific Officer

TEOX Ltd (UK)


Mr. Terry Wohlers, President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)