Re: CNC High Speed Machining as Alternative of Rapid Tooling

From: Drew Brown (
Date: Fri Jan 15 1999 - 18:00:24 EET


I agree with you 100% but you need to understand that most people only have
hammers and if all I had to sell was hammers then everything would look like

The key is for the user to understand each process limitation and determine the
proper approach for their individual application. It is selecting the
appropriate process that determines the success of the project.

Understanding the project requirements and choosing the correct partners to
provide the best recommended process/service (not just a hammer) are very
important. If you don't know what it is you want it's difficult for anyone to
get it right.

Drew Brown
Conceptual Reality L.L.C.

will pattison wrote:

> it seems to me, having read all these posts on rapid tooling, that
> something is left to be said.
> when the question of rapid tooling comes up, i find that people tend to
> behave much like they do during design- they want to jump straight to a
> solution without considering some fundamental questions. the result is the
> kind of thing that caused some wise old-timer to say "when the only tool
> you can see is a hammer, every job looks like a nail." that old-timer was
> commenting on the fact that we often tend to look at the tool first, rather
> than at the job to be done. whether it's design, prototyping, or rapid
> tooling, we should really be thinking about the fundamental goal first-
> fastening two objects together, so to speak. is that what we really want
> to do? is the nail even the right fastener?
> so, when someone asks me what i would recommend as a rapid tooling
> solution, or more commonly, "do you recommend method "x" for this rapid
> tool?", i answer by asking them what they hope to learn. do you want
> material of choice? is surface finish your most important requirement? do
> you need 1000 parts? will it need slides or inserts? only then do i even
> begin to consider if it should be done by (in no particular order):
> spray metal tooling
> rapidsteel by dtm
> direct aim
> aluminum tooling
> epoxy tooling
> p20 tooling
> cast steel or aluminum tooling
> rtv tooling
> expresstool
> polysteel
> back-filled duraform copper
> machined nylon
> machined and nickel plated graphite
> albright tooling
> high-speed machining
> and so on......
> my point is this- all of these methods can be made to work, and work well,
> in the right circumstances. the "right circumstances", however, may not
> occur unless the fundamental issues are addressed first. this may seem
> trivial, but i see it happen every day. the result is that expectations
> are not properly set, dissatisfaction results, somebody gets blamed, and
> the product development cycle is stalled. i guess sometimes, even in the
> environment of rapid everything, we need to slow down for a moment in order
> to actually go faster.
> will pattison
> product development engineer
> 4d design
> austin, tx
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