Re: Can RP be a manufacturing technology?

From: Tom Richards (
Date: Fri Apr 10 1998 - 19:32:00 EEST

KMT: At last count we've used eleven different RP processes from time to
time to build patterns for investment casting, for either Direct RP or
Indirect RP (RP Tooling) purposes. Some RP processes are more useable for
our casting processes than others. Selection is driven by resolution,
surface finish, material of construction, time constraints and cost. Best
Regards, Tom

At 12:12 PM 7/10/98 -0400, you wrote:
>My apologies if I offended you with my question. I speak with people from
>all sorts of perspectives and had been getting mixed feedback which perhaps
>also varies depending on what application RP is chosen for.
>I am curious, have you used the same RP process for all 14 of these projects?
>Again, my apologies,
>Kim Takita
>At 04:07 PM 7/9/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>KMT: We've done fourteen RP Tooled investment cast parts to date which have
>>met print to +/- 0.005 inch/inch. Typically, $500 and $30/piece for the
>>first 100 pieces, and $15/piece thereafter buys a part. Hope this helps your
>>At 11:09 AM 7/9/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>>I am currently researching a possible meeting to explore whether rapid
>>>prototyping technologies can be used as actual production/manufacturing
>>>technologies (kind of like in Toy Soldiers!). Do you know of anyone who is
>>>currently utilizing RP in this way who might be willing to speak with me
>>>about their experiences?
>>>I'd also welcome anyone's opinion on the matter, in particular, whether or
>>>not you think that there is/will be any inherent benefits in choosing RP
>>>over other production methods. From what I've heard so far, there seems to
>>>be a long way to go...
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