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December 23, 2006

Filed under: travel — Terry Wohlers @ 06:10

This is the time of year when many are traveling. So, I want to pass along a few air travel tips that may help improve your travel experience. 

1. Pack light. Whether I’m going on a two-day or two-week trip, I take two bags: a “carry-on” for my computer, papers, etc., and a roll-aboard. I almost always carry both onto the plane. In more than 25 years of travel, the airlines have never lost or misplaced one of my bags because I don’t give them the chance. 

2. If you are an inexperienced traveler and going abroad or to a beach destination, list what you want to take and then cut it in half. Many travelers take far more than they need and then regret it. 

3. Take plenty of reading material. I keep a file folder of articles that I clip from magazines and print from websites. The magazines themselves are too bulky and heavy to lug around. The time goes much faster when you are trying to work through a number of articles and papers. 

4. On overnight flights, prepare to sleep. I carry an inflatable neck pillow, silicone rubber earplugs, and an eye cover. Also, consider having close by breath mints, chewing gum, aspirin, or anything else you might need as you get settled in. 

5. If you are planning a trip for next year, book plane tickets far in advance so that you increase the chance of less expensive fares. Also, booking early gives you a much better choice of seats. 

6. Don’t purchase the more expensive refundable/changeable tickets. It’s usually not worth it. If your travel plans change or cancel, you can apply the value of an inexpensive ticket (minus a $100 airline service fee) to the purchase of a new ticket. 

7. When you get to the other end, take public transportation if someone is not meeting you at the airport. Travel can be stressful enough without having to navigate roads and traffic. 

8. And finally, drink plenty of water and rest as much as you can. Your body appreciates a lot of both.

Best wishes as you travel over the holidays and into 2007. With proper preparation, you can make your trip as enjoyable as it can possibly be. 

Happy Holidays!    

New Products at EuroMold

December 9, 2006

Filed under: additive manufacturing,event,manufacturing — Terry Wohlers @ 11:16

EuroMold 2006 was held last week in Frankfurt, Germany. The large trade fair consisted of nearly 1,700 exhibitors from 45 countries spread across six exhibit halls. More than 60,000 people from 72 countries attended. Several new products were introduced.

  • EOS unveiled its €150,000 FORMIGA P 100 laser sintering system, as well as its new EOSINT P 730 and EOSINT P 390 systems.
  • Envisiontec introduced its Perfactory Desktop system for €30,000. Also, it showed an epoxy resin, as well as a UV machine that uses Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology.
  • Voxeljet, a sublicensee of Z Corporation’s 3DP powder/binder technology, showed a machine that produces parts as large as 850 x 450 x 500 mm in PMMA. The machine was running and building parts and they looked good.
  • MCP displayed impressive aluminum and titanium alloy parts and introduced its SLM 100, a smaller and lower cost metal fabrication system that is listed at €250,000.
  • Next Factory exhibited a faster stereolithography machine, as well as a much larger system that it is currently being tested.
  • Objet Geometries distributed sample hearing aid shells produced on its PolyJet system. The photopolymers are said to be safe for long-term skin contact.

EuroMold is arguably the most important trade fair on rapid product development technologies and applications in the world. And, it is the biggest. Increasingly, companies are using it to launch new products and services—a good reason to attend. EuroMold 2007 is December 5-8.