Re: FWD: Re: Online quoting - some statistics from Materialise

From: Barry Wang (
Date: Fri Mar 01 2002 - 04:51:21 EET

I think I saw this last week at the SolidWorks convention. Somebody had a
plugin for SolidWorks that would generate a price for RP services within the

Barry Wang
Wang Consulting

>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: "Steven Pollack" <StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET>
>Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 19:54:24 -0600
> > > - What is the future of e-commerce within prototyping?
> > > Seems most of what I hear is that making models is a
> > > very skilled art and it's impossible to determine how
> > > much it will cost without first seeing the project
> > > specs? Is this true?
>It seems that the RP machine manufacturers could/should work up a simple
>algorithm for combining the volume, Z height, and desired layer thickness
>into a time estimate and make this available for shell integration within
>the various CAD packages. Then, lets say an engineer designed something
>within Solidworks, there would functionality in the file menu for exporting
>the model as an .stl to the SLA/Solidscape/etc. estimation module within
>Solidworks. A more functional software plugin would allow the prices of
>various service bureaus to be input as global values so that the time
>estimate would be applied to the cos
>That would be handy for anyone using CAD for RP and would give a
>advantage to the RP companies that did so. The consumer of RP could then
>evaluate for themselves the best technology for a given geometry knowing
>prices per hour charged by the various service bureaus.
>Steven Pollack
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