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naperlou   10/14/2014 4:01:15 PM
Steven, I am not sure that I agree with you there.  For larger businesses who are using this technology for production purposes, it might not be best solution.  Many put a lot into designing and building their own production capabilities and machinery to optimize the business.  If it for low rate or occasional use, then by all means contract out to a job shop.  If it core, then the manufacturer will want to have the machinery in house.  I have even seen smaller companies use this technology for production and for development.  In that case, they benefit by having the printer in-house where they do not have to justify every time they print.

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Steven Jaffe   10/14/2014 4:09:17 PM
Hi Naperlou,

Thanks for the feedback! There are benefits to having in-house machinery, no argument there. But for many companies their needs are ever changing and varying...one day they might need a plastic prototype, one week they might need a metal mold for rapid casting, and another they may need a detailed full color model for a presentation. It would not make sense to invest in all these machines (and the training, setup, maintenance) if the machines are not for inhouse that often.

If we're talking about companies that are prototyping every day, and are always going to have the same requirements from that machine (material, resolution, speed, size, etc), then it would definitely make sense to invest in the equipment, training, personell and maintenance. 



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