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Four days in Frankfurt

Sunday, December 7th, 2008 at 9:42 am Written by:

This week was spent walking to and from the soulless Ibis hotel on the autobahn to the Euromold trade-show hall.

As I was proud of my new Five axis tilt algorithm, just invented, I had printed it out in colour with a nine step description and distributed copies to whomever I thought was interested.

This is not what people normally do at trade-shows, where you’re supposed to try and keep your technology secret from the competitors, and so on, because it’s supposedly bad for your business when everybody else copies your ideas.

Nuts to that.

The problem with this CADCAM business is that the software is fully stagnated. Many of these companies don’t have any programmers left who could make any use what you give them. Even if I was handing out a fully debugged C++ public domain implementation of all the algorithms on a CD, they probably couldn’t compile it.

And those few who are actively developing any relevant software at all are probably going to be able to work the ideas out from the results, if they’re paying attention, so you might as well explain it to them in person so you can get some feedback — which you won’t if you just wait for them to copy it.

All the stands were the same as last year, in the same places, with the same people handing out the same leaflets. No one has gone bankrupt yet. So much for the recession that’s going on now.

I have a major blogging backlog to clear, so this has to be it for now. I’ve got a lot of comments to make about five-axis algorithms in the coming months.

Frankfurt was plastered with these Jamie Oliver dinner posters advertising some event in a set of round tents by the hammering man sculpture. I couldn’t tell what it was about. The journey home was fueled by a two litre carton of over-sweet red tea water and one greasy pizza slice from Brussels train station. I got a double seat on the overnight bus from London. Shame I didn’t sleep though.


  • 1. Four days in Frankfurt | &hellip replies at 7th December 2008, 10:11 am :

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  • 2. Alexander Keil replies at 11th December 2008, 7:44 am :

    Hello Julian,

    can you please send me a copy of your hand out?

    Thank you.

    Seams i missed you on the Euromold.



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