The POM (Precision Optical Manufacturing) Group, Inc., has introduced DirecTool(TM), a new manufacturing technique that slashes design cycle times by eliminating the need for "soft," or interim prototype tooling. The DirecTool(TM) technique, which uses POM's revolutionary DMD(TM) (Direct Metal Deposition) process, can cut more than 75 percent from the product design cycle through its ability to produce fully dense, pure metal "hard" prototype tooling -- directly from a CAD file.