Quickparts.com, Inc. announced the launch of the prototyping industry's first business-to-business E-commerce Web site for quoting and purchasing Custom Manufactured Prototype parts.
Quickparts.com provides the product development community a fully automated E-commerce approach to dramatically simplify and speed up the traditional process of quoting and purchasing custom prototyped parts, more specifically known as "Rapid Prototyping".
Rapid Prototyping is a term used to describe the manufacture of plastic parts using a layer-by-layer additive manufacturing process, as opposed to the more commonly known subtractive methods of milling and machining. Rapid Prototyping enables the rapid production of small quantities of plastic prototype parts, a critical capability for product development companies.
At the heart of the Quickparts.com web site is QuickQuote™, a revolutionary breakthrough in automatically and instantly analyzing a user's 3D CAD custom geometry right on the web site.
QuickQuote™ will read the customers 3D CAD solid model, automatically orient the part geometry for the best quality output for the chosen Rapid Prototyping technology (SLA, SLS, FDM), and instantly produce a price quotation and lead-time estimate.
The user then simply clicks the ORDER button, and the job of producing the custom manufactured prototype in the chosen Rapid Prototyping technology is instantly started.
This breakthrough approach to enable e-commerce for the Rapid Prototyping industry will shave precious time off of the traditional process of outsourcing Rapid Prototyped parts. Engineering time required to obtain various quotes for custom manufactured prototypes is virtually eliminated, and access to the instant quoting and ordering system is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In today's competitive product development environments, time saved is directly related to dollars saved.
"We are simply responding to what the product development market has been asking for, for quite some time now", stated Ronald L. Hollis P.E., President of Quickparts.com. "Our customer-centered market research indicated that the top two needs of the RP out-sourcing industry are first, low prices for rapid prototyped parts, and second, fast turn-around time for quotes."
"Quickparts.com directly addresses both of those needs."
Quickparts provides custom manufacturing services for engineers and designers looking to create plastic and metal parts from 3D CAD (computer-aided design) models. With its proprietary QuickQuote® geometric analysis software, Quickparts provides product designers with an instant online quote for the manufacturing of their custom parts, either in prototype or production quantities. Quickparts' service offerings include: Rapid Prototypes (SLA, SLS, FDM, Polyjet), Cast Urethanes, CNC Machining, Injection Mold Tooling and Parts, and Sheet Metal Parts. For more information, visit www.quickparts.com or call 877.521.8683.