Thousands Tune in to Hear Roger Spielman's Interview on 'Rapid Fabrication' Outlook

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Roger Spielman, currently vice president of direct manufacturing at Tangible Express, sparked heated debate over his contention that European manufacturers are quickly closing in on their American counterparts in terms of technology and quality and may soon leave the United States playing catch up.

Since his interview was first posted on the Internet late last year, thousands of manufacturers, parts makers, designers, prototypers and inventors have listened to Roger Spielman discuss the state of global rapid fabrication.

Spielman, currently vice president of direct manufacturing at Tangible Express, sparked heated debate over his contention that European manufacturers are quickly closing in on their American counterparts in terms of technology and quality and may soon leave the United States playing catch up.

Moreover, Spielman placed some blame for holding back progress directly on American companies who manufacture additive fabrication equipment. "Should the machine manufacturers be selling materials or should they be selling machines?" Spielman asked during his interview. "With the rapid manufacturing/rapid prototyping companies, not everybody can afford a $750,000 machine and then ludicrous material costs to go along with it," he explains.

Spielman was interviewed by the Low-Volume Manufacturers Association (L-VMA) ahead of December's EuroMold trade fair, an event where Spielman had twice previously been a keynote speaker. The fair, held in Frankfurt, Germany, attracts moldmakers, toolers, designers and application developers from throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Prior to joining Tangible Express, Spielman spent more than 20 years at the Rocketdyne Division of The Boeing Co., where he came to oversee its rapid prototype operations. Among his many noteworthy accomplishments, Spielman and his team used SLS to create hundreds of parts for the International Space Station Program and the Space Shuttle Main Engine Program.

Asked why Spielman's interview has garnered so much attention, Dean Rotbart, a Pulitzer-Prize nominated journalist who conducted the Q&A, said: "With Roger, you have a highly respected industry insider who is not afraid to speak truthfully. I've gotten lots of feedback from those who've heard Roger's remarks who say its obvious that what Roger is promoting is what is best for the whole industry - not just a few favored companies."

Spielman is one of a number of industry veterans who last year signed on at Tangible Express, which has won widespread notice as a global innovator in the rapid fabrication industry. Indeed, L-VMA selected Tangible Express as its '2007 Rapid Innovator of the Year' on the strength of the company's commitment to spread the benefits of 'rapid' technologies to entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers and designers - all at an affordable and accessible cost.

"When someone of Roger Spielman's stature picks up stakes and embraces a company such as Tangible Express, it is impossible not to be impressed," Rotbart notes. "If Roger believes Tangible Express has the 'right stuff', I trust Roger's judgment."

Tangible Express is the first company in the world to offer fractional ownership in its fleet of rapid manufacturing systems. With fractional ownership, Tangible Express clients receive all the benefits that accrue to asset owners at a fraction of the cost and without any of the hassles.

The complete interview with Roger Spielman (both audio and text) can be found at http://www.l-vma.org. For more information on Spielman and Tangible Express, please contact Bert Keynon, vice president of sales, at 1-714-322-9804.

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