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Roland, Rhino and DeskProto team up for easy Model Making.

For immediate release, Sept 2003.

Utrecht, NL -- Sept 10, 2003 -- A perfect solution for Subtractive Rapid Prototyping will be shown at the 2003 Conference of the Association of Professional Model Makers. In a CAD/CAM/NC workshop for Model Makers, three best-in-class products will be combined: the Rhino CAD software, the DeskProto CAM software for Rapid Prototyping, and the Roland scanners and mills.

"This combination of tools spans all steps from 3D scanning to prototyping", says Lex Lennings, DeskProto product manager. "Both lowcost solutions for small design bureaux and high-end solutions for professional Model Makers are available. In each case the major advantage is saving precious programming hours: let the machine do the job while you can do other work."

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DeskProto/Roland also support rotation axis machining, and can easily handle complex geometries and large STL files.

Scanning. For 3D scanning Roland offers both lowcost touch-probe scanners as a high-end laser scanner. The top model LPX-250 includes a rotation table to scan an object from all sides, with the option to add partial detail-scans from any angle. In the workshop you will learn which device is best for which application.

Design. The Rhino CAD software is aimed at freeform conceptual design applications. It can be used both stand-alone and as a companion software to and 3D CAD engineering software. In the workshop you will learn which tools are best to generate NURBS surfaces for further modeling and detailing.

Toolpath generation. The DeskProto CAM software has been especially created for prototyping. It can do so both on data from Rhino or directly on polygon data from the scanner: a 200 Mb STL file is no problem at all. It's main features are the ease of use and the high calculation speed (also for the 200 Mb STL ! ).

Machining. Since many years Roland offers both lowcost office machines and high-end professional machines. The office machines feature a nice combination of both scanning and machining on one machine. The high-end machines feature higher speed, better accuracy and an automatic toolchanger.

During the workshop, the complete process from Reverse Engineering up to Subtractive Rapid Prototyping will be shown, based on the practical examples and questions that you will bring along. This workshop is the opportunity to ask about any process detail, file format, feature or limitation, modeling trick, and so forth. A unique combination of hardware and knowhow will be present, so take advantage !

About Rhino

The Rhinoceros 3D CAD software by Robert McNeel & Associates brings the full power of NURBS modeling technology to Windows PC's. Rhino is aimed to be used for free-form conceptual design applications, as a companion to any traditional 3D CAD engineering software. Within a very short time Rhino has become one of the most used CAD packages available.
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About DeskProto

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems is the 3D CAM program that has made CNC milling a competing technology for Rapid Prototyping. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system, and can export NC program files suited for any 3-axis CNC milling machine. Key features are low price, high speed and ease of use (the software is aimed at designers, not at CAM specialists).
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About Roland DGA

Roland DGA Corporation is the North and South American arm of Roland DG Corp from Japan. Roland serves both the printing and sign making industry with large format color printers/cutters, and the 3D modeling industry with engravers and 3D scanning and milling machines.
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About the Association of Professional Model Makers

The APMM is dedicated to increasing the recognition of Model Making as a highly skilled profession, integral to the design process. Every year a four day Conference is organized, this year in Costa Mesa (Los Angeles) on Oct 24-27. The conference program is filled with workshops on Model Making issues, tours to famous modelshops in southern California, vendor activities, and various competitions and awards.
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DeskProto is a registered trademark of Delft Spline Systems.