Latest Developments in Rapid Prototyping Disclosed

ARLINGTON, Massachusetts. - July 9, 2003 - Castle Island Co. announces the latest edition of the RAPID PROTOTYPING PATENT ALERT NEWSLETTER is now available on The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site.

The Newsletter is published bimonthly and makes it easy to keep up to date with intellectual property developments in this burgeoning field. It's available free to all, and summarizes the equivalent of many thousands of printed pages in a hyperlinked format that allows readers to rapidly home in on areas of interest. In addition, readers have access to our searchable database of over 1,600 RP patents and applications.

An extraordinary total of nearly 130 RP patents and applications were published from 3/25/03 to 6/10/03. Here are some highlights from this edition:

-- Is this the $1,000 Hewlett-Packard stereolithography machine described in a recent New York Times article? Read their application and judge for yourself.

-- Can you change a hologram into a solid object? Here's an application that describes a way to do it.

-- Learn the details of soluble photopolymer support materials work from Objet, and many aspects of the InVision (TM) 3D printer technology and materials from 3D Systems.

-- Envisiontec's BioPlotter (TM) technology is detailed.

-- Stratasys describes how they've greatly improved accuracy in the FDM process.

-- People involved in the jewelry field should check out the claims in a patent issued to Robert Zieverink.

These are the briefest of highlights. Enormous efforts are being exerted in the areas of technology, rapid manufacturing and tooling, materials and medicine. Use the red *PATENTS HOT NOW* button on our home page to jump to the newsletter or just click on the PATENTS button at the top of any page. Our home page is located at:

http://home.att.net/~castleisland/


About Rapid Prototyping

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.


About The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site is by far the world's largest web-site dedicated to the field. It's a definitive source for complete, up to date information on every facet of rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing and rapid tooling. The site also has extensive tutorials, news links, in-depth coverage of technology and products, and the most complete listings available anywhere for rapid prototyping service bureaus.

For further information, please contact:

Ed Grenda
Castle Island Co.
19 Pondview Road
Arlington, MA 02474 USA
781-646-6280 (voice or fax)
Email Contact (email)

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping
http://home.att.net/~castleisland/



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