RE: A suggestion on how to solve shipping nightmare

From: James P. Harrison (
Date: Thu Oct 09 2003 - 23:54:33 EEST


I think the problem would be making sure the part is complete free of
uncured resin. If the supports survived the wash, the customer may have a
problem removing the support with out whacking off features. This should
work for some geometries though.


James P. Harrison
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-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of Ben Halford
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 3:37 PM
To: Rapid Prototyping Mailing List
Subject: FW: A suggestion on how to solve shipping nightmare

Not sure if this is already available, but could bureaus offer customers an
"as built" option where the product is shipped directly from the machine so
the end user cleans it upon arrival? The economics would be geometry /
process dependent but it might be the ideal package - less post process time
for the bureau and material cost would be the same for soluble supports and
SLA (washed & cured before shipment), and only slightly higher for 'canned'
SLS forms. You'd need to agree a method of validation, but when both
parties are experienced and the customer is prepared to spend time for a
discount and a greater chance of receiving the item in one piece, maybe an


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