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EuroMold '99 to Feature Conference on Rapid Tooling's Benefits & Risks

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, July 14, 1999 – For manufacturing companies worldwide, EuroMold has become the event to attend. It's depth and breadth in moldmaking technologies and applications offer a showcase like no other. An estimated 50,000 individuals from around the world are expected to attend the EuroMold '99 trade fair, scheduled for December 1-4 in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 1,500 exhibitors from 38 countries will display their products and services.

For the first time, a conference on rapid tooling (RT) is being positioned to compliment and enhance the EuroMold experience. The conference, titled "Rapid Tooling's Strategic Benefits & Risks," will be held December 3, 1999 at EuroMold. The high profile event will uncover the hottest methods and applications of RT. It is being targeted at top managers and executives from manufacturers of consumer electronics, sporting goods, toys, medical supplies and instruments, industrial machinery, business machines, aircraft, and automobiles. Attendees will learn what RT options are available; why some methods are being used and others are not; when it makes sense to apply one RT method over another; and when conventional approaches offer an advantage over RT.

The conference will discuss and compare indirect, pattern-based methods of rapid tooling including RTV silicone rubber, aluminum-filled epoxy, spray metal tooling, Ford's Sprayform, cast kirksite, 3D Keltool, PolySteel, ECOTOOL, ExpressTool, RSP tooling, CEMCOM, PHAST, and Swiftool. The event will also cover direct methods of RT fabrication including Direct AIM from 3D Systems, SLS RapidTool from DTM, DMLS from EOS, ProMetal from ExtrudeHone, and LENS from Optomec.

World-class speakers and panelists will provide candid and up-to-date information on the benefits and risks associated with RT. These carefully selected individuals will share their personal experiences and advice based on years of experience and know-how. Never before has such an impressive group of speakers gathered to address RT in a way that will help managers understand and sort through the myriad of options. This conference will help managers decide whether to use rapid tooling as a strategic weapon to design, prototype, and manufacture world-class products.

Members of the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) are serving as the technical advisory committee for the conference. GARPA members include groups and associations from Australia, Canada, mainland China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. The official language of the conference is English.

DEMAT Exhibition Management, located in Frankfurt, Germany, is the organizer of EuroMold '99 and Rapid Tooling's Strategic Benefits & Risks. Diana Schnabel and Eberhard Döring are DEMAT's top executives. For more information on the trade fair and conference, phone 49 69 23 43 31, fax 49 69 25 30 71, or visit

Wohlers Associates, Inc. provides technical, marketing, and strategic consulting on new developments and trends in product development, prototyping, tooling, and reverse engineering. Terry Wohlers, co-founder of GARPA and president of Wohlers Associates, is chairing the upcoming conference.