Lasercad Precision Models Ltd.

In 1989 Frank Green sets up the UK's first SLA service Bureau dealing with Rapid Prototyping resin models for many high tech companies in the UK and from Europe.

This new technology seen on a TV programme called "Tommorows World" and several design engineering magazines come to Sileby, a small village just north of Leicester which completely changed many individuals lives.

With SLA 1 operating with MS-DOS, 386 Slicing PC, 3D CAD was CADDS 4X, data transferred with 1/2 inch Magnetic Tape drive. Most Data was wireframe with some surfaces. Several months passed before Solid Modellers were used.

Brief but important moment in time!

The picture below is Oak Business Centre but back in February 1990 (when Jan Andrzejewski joined as StereoLithgrapher) it was Greenoak Knitwear.  Where the blue car is shown was the original entrance to Lasercad Precision Models Ltd.

People who can help to complete this part of history would come from companies like Rolls Royce (Turbine Blade), Rover (Front Grill), Mr Bird, Schlegel (Car Door Seals), Ron Jamison (Plane Model), Dowty (Manifold), The wax impeller model, Rolls Royce, Bristol, Lucas, Rank, PDG & Iberomoldes.
Also from the rest of the Lasercad team, Sales - Terry Percival & Finishing - Chris Sunderland.
News clippings from:
The Engineer, 14th September 1989  -  "The desk-top entrepreneurs"
CADCAM International October 1989  -  "Prototype Pioneers"
PRW Machinery 14th October 1989  -  "SLA modelmakers seeks to enter plastics field"
Engineering July/August 1990  -  "Growing pains and making models"
It was at Lasercad that a new 3D modelling software called Pro/Eng was considered.

The company did not last long with the breakup of Directors in November 1990, with the SLA machine stolen and relocated to another prototyping company.
In the photo below the building has gone through many changes and where the blue car is parked was the entrance to Lasercad.