From Idea to Product:
Prototyping Speeds into Central Florida

Orlando, FL. (May 1, 2004) - Mydea Technologies, located at the UCF Technology Incubator, is producing prototype products directly from Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data using a process called rapid prototyping (RP). This technology, also known as 3D printing, allows Mydea Technologies to serve the growing needs of inventors, engineers and manufacturing companies for cost effective product development. The significant time and cost savings brought about by RP processes benefit a growing range of companies, and even individuals. The results are improvements in design quality by streamlining prototyping, tooling and production. This, in turn, will help make the growing number of technology companies in Central Florida stronger and more competitive.

“Rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies are changing the world of design and production by allowing companies to test, redesign, produce and bring new products to market faster than ever,” said Michael Siemer, chief executive officer and founder of the company. “We turn concepts and designs into physical parts in less than a week and sometimes within a day! For a large scale manufacturing company like Boeing, for example, that savings can translate into literally millions of dollars.”

Rapid Prototyping combines design, engineering and manufacturing into a one step process to produce virtually any three-dimensional object in the shortest time possible. The “object” could range from a critical component for the space shuttle to a child’s toy to a wheel for a thrill ride. Materials can range from plastics and rubbers to high-grade titanium and sophisticated alloys; some processes can also be created in color.

As a pioneer in the industry and former ride and show engineer at Disney, Siemer has created a Rapid Production Network (RPN) of practitioners and collaborators who can be called upon to answer virtually any design or manufacturing challenge. This creates the opportunities to offer the most advanced and sophisticated technologies to their clients.  Some of these tooling and production processes have recently left research and development stages at universities and are now being commercialized and integrated at many organizations nationwide.  

Mydea recently developed components for a prototype surgical instrument in one day that enables orthopedic surgeons to manipulate and cut sutures during surgery. “We developed the prototype for Ortheon Medical, an Orlando-based medical firm.  Their engineers were able to immediately examine the tool and meet with surgeons for instant design feedback.  The prototype was also used as a communication tool with plastic injection molders to determine required design changes for mass production,” said Siemer.  “They had visualized the tool based on sketches and drawings, but even the best vision isn’t as good as holding the object in your hands and seeing how it functions,” he explained.

Mydea offers a free initial consultation to potential clients to demonstrate how rapid product development technologies can meet specific needs. The company provides assistance that may begin with a napkin sketch, into CAD modeling and prototyping, and then to final production.    

“Rapid prototyping is being used for product design, architectural models, medical and dental reconstruction, custom jewelry and a host of other exciting applications,” adds Michael Siemer. “The future of this field is exciting and it opens doors for concepts such as 3-dimensional faxing, human organ replacement via 3D printing biological materials, mass-customization and many others that are yet to come.”

About Mydea Technologies

Mydea Technologies was incorporated in July 2003 with a mission to assist companies and individuals in all aspects of product development including design and engineering, 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and production. The company is committed to researching and utilizing the newest innovations and technology for rapid product development. Mydea Technologies is located in Orlando, Florida at the UCF Research Park. For more information, visit

Contact Information:

Matt Gilhooly, Mydea Technologies 407.737.1991,