Company News: Page (1) of 1 - 08/02/01 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at page facebook Announces Online Quotes for Cast Urethane Production Prototypes

(August 02, 2001), Inc., a web-based manufacturer of rapid prototypes and build-to-order plastic and metal parts, announced the release of Online Instantaneous Quoting for Cast Urethane Production Prototype parts. This technology, deployed on the website within QuickQuote Rev 3.0, is the latest in a series of technology releases that enable web-based instantaneous quoting for build-to-order plastic and metal parts.

Instant Quotes for Cast Urethanes is a major step forward in the development of Quickparts' patent-pending instantaneous quoting technology in that the quote includes the manufacture of complex tooling required to cast the prototype parts. The Cast Urethane quoting engine analyzes and considers the geometric complexity of the uploaded geometry, including internal chambers, undercuts, and overhangs, elements which add complexity, and therefore cost basis, to the tooling and cast urethane parts.

The QuickQuote(tm) technology is a server-side software system that provides the registered user of the Quickparts web site with instantaneous, customized, binding quotes for rapid prototypes, cast urethane parts, and other build-to-order manufacturing projects directly from the users uploaded 3D CAD models.

"We developed the instantaneous quoting technology for cast urethanes because it builds upon the foundation of our mission: to make it easy for our customers to buy custom-designed parts that meet their needs," stated Ronald L. Hollis P.E., President of "Our customers have shown us that online instant quoting is a great value, and expanding the online offering to include cast urethanes is an obvious value as you move up the product development chain. Cast Urethane quotes typically take 2-4 days to quote. Our technology shortens that quoting cycle down to a few seconds."

QuickQuote(tm) Rev 3.0 also adds key customer-requested enhancements, including automatic re-quote of different manufacturing processes, and web-based RFQ submission for offline quoted processes such as injection mold tooling and metal castings.

About sells rapid prototypes, cast urethanes, and other build-to-order plastic and cast metal parts on their web site. Users get instantaneous quotes right on the website using the QuickQuote(tm) engine by uploading their own CAD data, choosing a production process and quantity, and clicking "Create a QuickQuote". Their unique binding quote is prepared and displayed in the next screen refresh. Quickparts delivers an average of 1300 unique, customized, web-based instantaneous quotes per month, to more than 3500 registered users.

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