Update for the Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web site

Hello Everyone:
Additive fabrication processes typically known as Rapid Prototyping (RP), Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF), or by the names of the
technologies themselves such as stereolithography, have become important tools for mechanical design, manufacturing, surgery, art and architecture and many other fields.
We've just completed updating and enlarging several major sections of the Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site.
* The sections on Direct Manufacturing and Rapid Tooling, and the RP Industry Overview have been updated, and our RPML Archive now has nearly 23,000 pages of material. More than eight years of RPML postings are available for downloading.
* Major additions have been made to Mom (The Mother of All RP Bibliographies). Nearly 900 citations have been added. There are now references to approximately 5,700 academic, business and trade publication articles covering every facet of the technology and industry in the bibliography. This is the largest single source of RP information in the world.
* The Abstracts of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Proceedings for 2003 are included in this update. More than 850 papers in the Proceedings from 1990 through 2003, trace the development of many rapid prototyping technologies from inception through commercialization. The Proceedings are the permanent record of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium held annually at the University of Texas at Austin. Thanks to Dr. David Bourell and Ms. Rosalie Foster for making the materials available.
If you're tempted to think that RP is standing still, here's a simple way to convince yourself otherwise: We've published a sampler of titles of this recently added materials arranged by categories. Entries were selected to give you some idea of the breadth of applications the technology is currently addressing. See the sampler here:
http://home.att.net/~castleisland/pub_pap.htm
* Highlights of the latest edition of the RP Patent Alert Newsletter are now available. An impressive total of 136 RP patents and applications were published from 12/9/03 to 3/9/04. Among the many developments, you can learn about: -- A potentially important RP technology based on a plasma torch. -- Fabricating glass fiber transmission cables, interconnections and connectors using RP. -- Direct fabrication of parts for aerospace uses. -- Complete products made by additive fabrication, including fuel cells and MEMS disk drives.
The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping http://home.att.net/~castleisland /
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