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Portugal’s VRAP 2003 Event

October 5, 2003

Filed under: additive manufacturing,event — Terry Wohlers @ 18:19

If you were not in Leiria, Portugal last week, you missed an interesting and worthwhile conference. The event, titled the 1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP), brought together 207 people from 24 countries around the world. It was the first event of its kind in Portugal, so I was not expecting this many people from so many countries. Dr. Paulo Bartolo, the primary organizer of the event, did a remarkable job in bringing these people, along with an impressive line-up of speakers, to this small country in southwestern Europe.

Held at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, the conference had an academic flair to it. An estimated two-thirds were from educational or research institutions. The remaining one-third was a mix of moldmakers, service providers, vendors, and consultants. 

Congratulations, professor Bartolo, for an outstanding job. The organization of the conference was excellent, as was the information presented, and the staff at the institute did an admirable job at  making everyone feel welcome. I attend many international conferences each year and this one stands out as being among the best. The next VRAP conference is being planned for 2005 so stay tuned.