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Meeting: Wednesday 16 March 2005

"FAX Me a Bust of Homer" —
3D Printing in the 21st Century

Glen Chancellor, RG Technologies

William Gibson's 1999 science fiction novel All Tomorrow's Parties, described a near-future technology called nanofax which allows copies of 3D objects to be sent electronically. The sci-fi fan site technovelgy says of this, "If you think that this sounds unlikely, you should understand that something like this already exists, and was in use for at least a few years before being described in the novel. ... it is used to create a three-dimensional plastic model from a three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) drawing."

In science fiction author Bruce Sterling's 2004 keynote speech at the SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition, When Blobjects Rule the Earth, he talked about the implications of this technology, such as getting automatic updates for physical objects.

Join as we take a look and feel at this emerging technology. Glen Chancellor will focus on the newest 3D printing technology from Z Corp, primarily the new Spectrum 510 high resolution color 3D Printer.

6:30 - 7:30 PM Social Hour
7:30 - 9:00 Meeting

Admission

Nonmembers $5
Members free

Address, directions and maps:

2nd floor conference room,
Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences,
The Scripps Research Institute
10550 Torrey Pines Rd.
San Diego, CA 92037

maps

From Interstate 5, northbound from downtown San Diego, or southbound from Del Mar, take Genessee exit west, fork north (right) on Torrey Pines Rd., then take a left (west) at the first traffic light at "Scripps Clinic South Driveway" into the driveway, and follow yellow SIGGRAPH signs to parking.

Updated 3/10/05

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