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For Immediate Release
12 June 2000
For further information:
Sheila Hoffmeyer/Ann Kilhoffer-Reichert
+1.312.644.6610 x3220
+1.312.245.1083 fax

The Studio Showcases 2D and 3D High-End Output Technologies
The Studio at SIGGRAPH 2000 is a working laboratory showcasing high-end computer workstations, software featuring both 2D and 3D design and print technologies, large-format printers displaying the latest print and color output, and 3D rapid prototyping technologies. SIGGRAPH 2000, held 23-28 July at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, will gather together more than 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents for a comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and other activities focusing on research, art, animation, and interactive technologies.
"The Studio is the only environment at SIGGRAPH 2000 where the content is created on-site by the attendees themselves," said Peter Braccio, chair of The Studio, from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "Artists, scientists, and engineers can walk into The Studio and realize their creations in either 2D (on paper or canvass) or 3D (in wax or plastic) right in the lab."
Cutting-edge 3D output devices called desktop modelers, or rapid prototyping machines, will be available in The Studio. Rapid prototyping was primarily developed and used in aerospace, automotive, toy, and medical applications. It is now gaining wider acceptance in sculpting, architecture, jewelry, and other areas. Rapid prototyping can aid development of animation models that can also become the puppet, the prototype for the toy, or a proof for the general concept of a character.
"Having this technology available in The Studio provides a stimulating environment for participants and observers alike," said Braccio. "It gives many people the opportunity to experiment and experience new ways to produce their creations."
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