Re: Is it possible to use RP systems to product production parts relatively cost-effectively???

From: Alain BERNARD <>
Date: Wed Jan 07 2004 - 12:43:46 EET

Dear Mike,

I think you should contact Dr Le Razer from the Pôle Européen de Plasturgie
in Oyonnax (France):
"Bruno Le Razer" <>

Best Regards,


At 12:36 06/01/2004 -0500, you wrote:
> Over the past few months our organization have been looking into
>purchasing RP equipment for the use of product development. After some
>research we have found that it would not be cost effective for us to
>purchase a RP systems for prototyping alone. Our next step is to determine
>if we can also use the system to produce production part. This would mean
>ideally running the system up to 20 hours a day producing mostly standard
>production part and then occasionally setting up the system to create
>prototype. Therefore the majority of the work will be production, and the
>key factor will be the cost of the parts created.
>Our production parts are produced in both cast iron and bronze and range in
>size from medium to large. The RP materials would have to be the same or
>very close to those material properties. I believe that there are really
>only two types of system options would be Direct metal or some type of sand
>casting process, however I'm open to any other suggestions on other possible
> So this brings us to the final question, can these (or any RP process) be
>turned into cost effective production method? Will a large number of parts
>and RP systems running time substantially reduce cost (larger material
>purchases, long machine run times, ect..)? Should we consider further
>investigation into this? Your comments are greatly appreciated!!!

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