Re: Rapid Tooling Matrix

Date: Thu Aug 23 2001 - 16:54:34 EEST

In a message dated 01-08-22 12:13:11 EDT, you write:

<< I'm sorry to bring up this perennial chestnut again but does anyone know if
 an IMPARTIAL rapid tooling matrix has yet been created. It seems that the
 factors that determine preference for 1 system over another are so many and
 varied that I am finding that I am repeatedly having to obtain quotes from a
 selection of suppliers (and this despite the fact that I studied RP and RT
 applications at Warwick University and am therefore probably more informed
 that most other design managers!). Given that in each case only one supplier
 can win, I'm conscious that others are going to start to feel that they are
 being used as a stalking horse and may become less inclined to quote. An RT
 matrix has the potential to make design managers more informed and therefore
 cost RT bureaux less in quotes for lost causes.
 I'm looking forward to your replies
 Ben May
 Senior Development Manager
 PDD Ltd
 87 Richford Street
 London W6 7HJ

Hi Ben:

There will be a fairly large set of tooling tables introduced on our site in
the next few days.

I've collected the information over several months from literature and
corporate sources and am finally finding the time to publish it.
Unfortunately, because of the nascent nature of many technologies, and the
fact that some systems makers do a good job of withholding and obscuring
specs, there are some large gaps. However I do think this will be the most
complete set of tables available and will form a framework that can be filled
as time goes on.

Should be available Monday or Tuesday. Our URL is:

Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping

Look for the "Rapid Tooling Survey," - it's part of that section.

Best regards,

Ed Grenda
Castle Island Co.
19 Pondview Road
Arlington, MA 02474 USA
781-646-6280 (voice or fax) (email)

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