RE: [rp-ml] Cost of RP Model is too High for Home Applications

From: Timothy J Gornet <>
Date: Mon Jan 23 2006 - 17:01:00 EET


The 10 cubic inches - is that build volume or part volume? Many of the
machines are cost sensitive to height of build as well as many can
reduce cost via part packing or stacking in the build area/volume. Can
you give more details or put representative STL files up somewhere?


Tim Gornet Manager, RP Operations
Rapid Prototyping Center
 Vogt Bldg. Rm 101, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502)852-0714 FAX: (502)852-8890

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What was your selling price for the parts that you made in small and
larqe quantitities? By price, I mean price per cubic inch.
Two examples might be ten and twenty cubic inches in size,


 --- On Mon 01/23, Deon De Beer < > wrote:
From: Deon De Beer [mailto:]
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 12:09:14 +0200
Subject: RE: [rp-ml] Cost of RP Model is too High for Home

Jack<br><br>I am hesitant to answer before I have more information on
the intended field of application, as we have had a lot of success in
applying RP&M in what I would define as the "Home Market" from my
perspective. This may well differ from what you have in
mind.<br><br>Secondly, if one adopts a Rapid Manufacturing approach in
the use of RP machines, costs come down considerably. We have dealt with
a specific case, where the unit costs came down to approximately 10%
(actually less than) the costs involved for 1 item. This obviously
depends on size, orientation, etc.<br><br>Regards<br><br>Deon de
Beer<br><br>Hoofdirekteur: Tegnologiebestuur<br>Sentrale Universiteit
vir Tegnologie, Vrystaat<br>Chief Director: Technology
Management<br>Central University of Technology, Free State<br> <br>PBag
X 20539,<br>Bloemfontein<br>9300<br>Suid Afrika / South Africa<br>
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[] <br>Sent: 22 January 2006 04:59 PM<br>To:<br>Subject: [rp-ml] Cost of RP Model is too High
for Home Applications<br><br><br><br>In obtaining several quotes to
support a home project, we found that the cost of RP models appears to
be very high. The low end of the range was $10 per cubic inch to a high
of $50 or more per cubic inch. These high prices made us rethink the
idea of using an RP process for our application.<br><br>It would appear
that the the RP market will never really expand into the home market
place until these costs come down substatially. Have others experienced
these same types of costs, or is there a process that is more
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