Guest Speaker: Dave Hockemeyer

Mr. Dave Hockemeyer, co-owner of PERIDOT, Inc., is the guest speaker for the September 10, 2015, Fort Wayne Inventors Club meeting. His presentation will focus on rapid prototyping. Mr. Hockemeyer has a degree from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering and he has prior experience in the automotive, aerospace, and polymer industries.  In 1997, he co-founded PERIDOT Inc., an advanced manufacturing company that utilizes Additive & Subtractive Manufacturing to serve a variety of industries. 

What is rapid prototyping? According to Wikipedia, it is the ability to quickly fabricate a physical model of something using 3D computer-aided design data. There are several different technologies that make up the types of resources necessary to perform rapid prototyping. In the past, these technologies were often expensive, bulky, and required extensive training, effectively putting them outside the reach of the small independent inventor. As the technologies have become more efficient and cost effective, they have also become more available. The advent of companies such as PERIDOT, Inc. and the popularity of the Maker culture, have make rapid prototyping services, tools, and training increasingly available to small independent inventors.

Mr. Hockemeyer has 18 years experience operating and applying the 3D printing technologies across many different industry applications. Because of these experiences, he understands both the effectiveness and limitations of 3D printing in these contexts.  By using 3D printing either stand-alone or in conjunction with conventional processes, Mr. Hockemeyer and his team provide effective part & tooling solutions to the most challenging applications. During his presentation Thursday, Mr. Hockemeyer will share his industry experiences with our group and bring artifacts that are examples of the rapid prototyping process.

Mr. Hockemeyer’s presentation is free and open to the public, please join us. We would love to see you!

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