Re: $20 K machines

From: Eric Weinberg (
Date: Mon Apr 06 1998 - 17:52:09 EEST

Preston Smith wrote:
> This has been an interesting thread. Following the thread's title closely,
> we all seem to be focusing on the cost.
> But people willingly pay much more for a bicycle than for a pair of shoes,
> much more for an automobile than a bicycle, and some jump up again for an
> airplane over an automobile. It depends not only on the cost but on the
> benefits derived too. I don't think we can say much about the cost of RP
> without assessing the benefits also. Without the amazing benefits RP has
> brought, we would all be going "RP barefoot," to stretch this metaphor a bit.
> As a start on this cost-benefit discussion, I have written a column, "Make
> Time-to-Market Technologies a Bottom-Line Issue," that will appear in the
> next (April) issue of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) magazine, page 78.
> I'd be interested to see if others have thoughts in the cost-benefit
> direction, because this could help up get out of the "barefoot" mentality.
> This is not to say that I do not support a $20K machine. I just think we
> will get there much faster if we focus more on the business benefits that
> these machines can bring.
> Regards,
> Preston Smith CMC
> New Product Dynamics tel: +1 (503) 248-0900
> Portland, Oregon USA fax: +1 (503) 294-1192
> For more information about the rp-ml, see

Mr. Smith-
        Your point is excellent. However, while the benefits of a
Mercedes-Benz automobile are without need of an explanation, many people
still find it necessary to buy a Chevrolet because their budget won't
allow for a more expensive car.
        The benefits of any purchase must be thoroughly analyzed, but if the
purchase is impossible due to high cost then the benefits of that
purchase are purchase has occurred!

Eric Weinberg
Morris Technologies

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