Is this true.........?

From: Elaine T. Hunt (
Date: Mon Dec 08 1997 - 21:12:11 EET

How common is this for most industry?

""As a general comment on what I have seen thus far, it appears difficult
to justify the cost of rapid prototype parts unless they are going to
result in high volume production or are high tech enough to warrant
special materials and/or have difficult geometry that would be
expensive to manufacture. Anything that could be used to dispel these
especially that of high cost, would help sell the RP technology to a
broader range of industrial customers. It is difficult to inspire
interest in a service that could cost several times more than the cost
of conventional machining, even if you can get it done in a fraction of
the time. Add to this the fact that most RP products have either
strength or accuracy limitations, and the choice is usually to wait a
few days longer and get it made out of aluminum in the shop.""

Opinions, suggestions, and other controversial matter VOID where prohibited.
Elaine T. Hunt, Director
Clemson University Laboratory to Advance Industrial Prototyping
206 Fluor Daniel Bldg. Clemson, SC 29643-0925
864-656-0321 (voice) 864-656-4435 (fax)

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