RE: Price idea for a resin/plastic model

From: Billett Mike (
Date: Tue Oct 15 2002 - 09:26:53 EEST

Many many thanks to this list for being so useful when it came to finding out some information about having a model made up.

However, an observation rather than a moan... whilst I understand that the complexity of the part and accuracy we require will steer the cost of the model, also that I was extremely vauge about my description of the part. I have recieved "ball park" figures ranging from $275 USD to $6000 USD! Quite a spread wouldn't you say?
 Admittedly the cheapest quotes were for polystyrene with a hard (durable?) coating and also as below 3DP (is this the same technique?), rather than a true resin or plastic model.

The bulk of quotes however fell into the $600-700USD range.. and so I'll assume that these are something close to where we would end up.

I had a couple of quotes that were "1000-2000 USD" and also some at "5000-6000USD".. although these ("fantasy quotes" as I perhaps incorrectly duped them) could well be extremely accurate and from companies that are well versed in the complexity of these type of castings that we are working with. I am also aware that as a consequence, a $600 model may not be more than $600 worth of modelling on a part that should perhaps have had $6000 spent on it.

I understand that for an accurate (real) quotation then all of you very kind vendors would want to see the model first.

As I mentioned previously, I wanted a "ball park" figure; I can safely say that I have that now! I will take it up at the next meeting and see pass it on to the next level of command here!

Anyway, I wish to thank the list for the information (no more quotes now please) and I may be in touch with some of you once we have decided a course of action.

Many thanks,


-----Original Message-----
From: Vern Carter []
Sent: den 14 oktober 2002 17:38
To: Billett Mike
Subject: RE: Price idea for a resin/plastic model

Sounds like good fit for 3DP. Low cost and fast if all you want is a
hardcopy model. Send me the file and I will shoot you a price. It is usually
less than half the cost of any other process.


Vern Carter
Creative Technical Solutions
6880 Hillsdale Court
Indianapolis, IN 46250
fax 317-578-3446 <>


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-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of Billett Mike
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 6:50 AM
Subject: Price idea for a resin/plastic model

Hi list,

I'll admit to being a bit of a lurker here and must also admit that I find
this list interesting and informative.

I am working with a jet motor casing and one of our programmers has asked
why he cannot have a plastic model sitting on his desk to aid with problem
solving and so on.

The actual casing that we are working with is over 1 meter in diamter, but I
imagine that a model at 1/4 scale would be handy and probably what he

To total size of the model would therefore be around 300mm diamter and 300mm

Is this enough information to get a ball park figure for costing....??

What are we talking about.. $100..... $1000..... $10 000 ??

Many thanks,


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