Re: 3D modelling

From: Brian Caulfield (
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 00:30:07 EET

you you think that a product specific software would be even more expensive
because of the fact that RP/modelling software is very specific wereas the
CAD is software, don't you think that if there was software out there that
could be used in a number of ways the price would drop because the software
is not specific. A number of different applications could be run on the one
software package and like you say by transferring certain models between
packages can lead to an undesired effect.
Let's say for modelling bone; It has avery complex matrix so most standard
CAD packages are useless but if you were to have a specific software for
modelling bone it would cost a fair bit because the demand wouldn't be there
for such software. I may be talking a bit too much, hopefully you
understand what I'm trying to say.

Brian Caulfield


National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science
Science and Technology Building
NUI Galway

Ph: + 353 91 524411 Ext: 3849
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bibb, Richard (PDR)" <>
To: "'Brian Caulfield'" <>; "'RP Mailing List'"
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 6:05 AM
Subject: RE: 3D modelling

> Dear Brian,
> I agree to an extent with what you say. Here at PDR we have a whole range
> computer aided design applications and we often use all kinds of
> combinations to achieve our aims. As you say, this is especially true when
> talking about medical or highly complex structures which tend to prove
> difficult or impossible using traditional engineering based CAD packages.
> However, I appreciate that we are very fortunate here to have such a large
> range of very different CAD applications available to us (about 15 at a
> guess). Many of them are very also extremely expensive and I would not
> expect small companies to have to invest in such a range of software.
> Therefore I think there is always a desire to produce specific software
> solutions for specific users.
> A small warning though, that transferring between many different CAD
> packages, especially for purely aesthetic or visual results can lead to
> of accuracy.
> regards,
> Richard
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