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Todd Grimm
T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc.
(859) 331-5340


New Rapid Prototyping Book Explores Application and Evaluation

Edgewood, Kentucky, February 16, 2004 - -T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc., a rapid prototyping consulting company, announced the release of User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping. This new book, published by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), is a practical guide that offers a comprehensive understanding of rapid prototyping through a discussion of applications, operations, advantages and limitations. Readers will gain a deep appreciation of the technology that allows them to decide if rapid prototyping is right for their needs.

This 404-page book starts with the basics of the technology-beginning with a definition of rapid prototyping-and progresses through the evaluation and justification of rapid prototyping systems. Readers will discover when, and how, rapid prototyping saves time, reduces cost and improves product quality. The book discusses applications, potential benefits, limitations and considerations, and it compares and reviews four leading technologies. User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping also includes chapters on rapid tooling, rapid manufacturing and future developments in the industry.

According to Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates and author of the book, "User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping presents a balanced view of rapid prototyping. For those that want to disregard rapid prototyping, the book offers information that can justify this decision. Conversely, for those that are proponents of rapid prototyping, there is also justification. However, I wrote the book for those that have yet to decide if rapid prototyping is right for them." Throughout the text, Grimm maintains a position that rapid prototyping is a strong solution only if it satisfies the needs and demands of the project, company, and application.

User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping is available at Sample pages and the table of contents are available at the same address. The price of the hardcover book is $89.00.

About the author

Todd Grimm has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He has been active in the field of rapid prototyping since 1990 and is considered to be one of the leading experts on the topic. His experience with the technology comes from hands-on work with various rapid prototyping systems in a service bureau environment. Today, he is a consultant to industry and president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc. Recognized as one of the top speakers in the rapid prototyping industry, Todd Grimm has delivered numerous presentations, seminars, lectures, and keynote addresses. Since 1997, he has served as an advisor for SME's Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing conference.

About T. A. Grimm & Associates

Founded by Todd Grimm, a 14 year veteran of the rapid prototyping industry, T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc. offers consulting services on rapid prototyping and related technologies and outsourced marketing services. Grimm blends his engineering background and technical knowledge with years of sales, management and marketing experience to deliver and execute strategic and tactical plans.



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