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GARPA Develops and Expands

April 25, 2004

Filed under: additive manufacturing,event — Terry Wohlers @ 14:01

The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) was formed in 1998 to encourage the sharing of information on rapid prototyping and related subjects across international borders. With the many meetings and events that GARPA has held and supported in its six-year history, GARPA is achieving its goal. 

Members of GARPA include groups and associations in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the U.S. The Irish Rapid Design and Manufacturing Network is GARPA’s newest member, as of last week.

Each year, GARPA alternates the location of its annual Global Summit meeting. Past summits have been held in Birmingham, England (2003), Beijing, China (2002), Stellenbosch, South Africa (2001), Paris, France (2000), Chicago, Illinois (1999), and Dearborn, Michigan (1998). Global Summit 2004 will be held at Central University of Technology, Free State, in Bloemfontein, South Africa in November.

One of GARPA’s most valued activities is its contribution to major industry conferences. Once or twice annually, GARPA member representatives are invited to participate in conference sessions that discuss new developments and trends. At the upcoming Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2004 conference in Dearborn, GARPA members will participate in a similar session. Speakers from Finland, Italy, South Africa, the UK, and the U.S. will present updates on RP activities within their countries from the past year. If you plan to be at the May 11-13 event, consider attending this session.

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