RAPID announces a new quoting solution for Rapid Machining and Rapid Sheet Metal customers. Rapid Sheet Metal will provide instant pricing and Rapid Machining will turn-around quotes within 24 hours.

To use the new quoting platform users need to log in or register for a free myRAPID account. Once in the portal, click on the Add Quote button. The customer is then prompted to choose a service, upload the CAD files, and submit the RFQ. If a part is eligible for instant pricing the part cost will appear. If the part does not fit the current instant pricing model or is a machined part a note will appear and a quote will be sent to the customer within 24 hours. Aside from the ease of quoting, the customer benefits by also being able to specify expedites, split shipments, and remove or add items to an order.

Steve Lynch, Director of Technology, states “This tool is very powerful for the customer. It allows them to be in charge of their orders, shipping dates, shipping methods and more. I am very excited for the release of the tool and thrilled with beta customer feedback of significant time savings.”

James Jacobs, CEO, states, “RAPID continually looks to reduce time in all parts of the manufacturing process. Batch Quoting eliminates the time consuming step of pricing each part separately. We pride ourselves on providing a frictionless customer experience and this opens up yet another option to receive pricing from RAPID. We recognize that different people work in different ways and by offering multiple options to submit quotes to RAPID, the customer can choose a method most convenient to them and their business.”

Customers using SOLIDWORKS will still be able to get instant pricing using eRAPID, a free SOLIDWORKS plug-in that provides instant costing on sheet metal parts. RAPID will still have a quote option on the website for individuals that do not create a myRAPID Account.

Published in Rapid Sheet Metal

MecSoft Corporation, the developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, has announced VisualXPORT 2.0 for Inventor & SolidWorks.

VisualXPORT for Inventor is an integrated plug-in for Autodesk’s Inventor allowing users to transfer Inventor geometry directly to VisualMILL without having to go through a neutral format such as STEP or IGES. The solution provides an enhanced workflow for companies that design in Inventor and use VisualMILL in their manufacturing process.

"A number of our VisualMILL customers are using Inventor and need enhanced export capabilities beyond the traditional 3D DWG, STL, IGES and STEP formats. VisualXPORT for Inventor meets this need,” stated Uday Honnalagere, Support Manager for MecSoft. “We’re excited to offer this new release of VisualXPORT for Inventor that offers enhanced capabilities including the ability to export solids and surfaces as NURBS surfaces.”

VisualXPORT 2.0 for Inventor can be used to export 2D & 3D Sketches (curves), solids with combined faces, solids with separate faces and individual surfaces. It is certified to run inside Autodesk Inventor versions 2009 through 2013.

VisualXPORT for SolidWorks is a direct plug-in for SolidWorks, letting users export their parts in VisualMILL formatted files (.vcp). The solution provides an enhanced workflow for companies that design in SolidWorks and use VisualMILL in their manufacturing process.

"MecSoft is a SolidWorks Gold certified CAM developer, and because of that is very familiar with the unique needs of SolidWorks users,” stated Uday Honnalagere, Support Manager for MecSoft. “VisualXPORT for SolidWorks was created as a direct result of the feedback received from our VisualMILL customers. They needed enhanced export capabilities in SolidWorks beyond supporting STL, IGES and STEP formats while not having to give up using our standalone CAM software, VisualMILL.”

VisualXPORT 2.0 for SolidWorks can be used to export 2D & 3D Sketches (curves), solids with combined faces, solids with separate faces and individual surfaces. With VisualXPORT 2.0 for SolidWorks, solids and surfaces can also be exported as NURBS surfaces. It is certified to run inside SolidWorks versions 2009 through 2013.

For more information, visit: www.mecsoft.com/visualXPORT.shtml

Published in MecSoft Corporation

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Print3D, a powerful, interactive CAD plugin tool that makes the design, quoting and ordering of parts as fast and easy as 1-2-3.

Print3D is a free plug-in that integrates seamlessly with all major 3D CAD programs to provide real-time design feedback and quotes directly within the CAD environment.  Print3D can currently be downloaded for use with Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and Alibre Design®. Non-CAD users can also benefit from this tool by downloading the stand alone plug-in.  Print3D provides dynamic design cost feedback and instant access to 3D Systems’ complete on-demand parts services directly from most commonly used CAD packages.   

“Print3D revolutionizes the customer experience, eliminating the need to export .STL files or upload files to an external site,” said Patrick Hunter, Vice President and General Manager for 3D Systems on-demand parts services.  “Equipped with the Print3D plug-in directly in their CAD program, users can get real-time interactive part costing information with every design decision they make, providing them with instant feedback, ordering convenience and rapid service and response.”

Customers involved in the testing and development of Print3D agree.  “Experiencing the instant quote update along with every design decision I make is amazing,” said Beau Robertson, Manufacturing Engineer at Light & Motion Industries, an early user of the Print3D service.  “I particularly like the ability to quote an entire assembly of parts all in one shot.  This is definitely a game changing tool that is much easier than emailing out quote requests or uploading my separate designs to a website.  It made my design smarter and much more cost effective and when I was ready, the quote was already right there in front of me.”

For more information, visit: www.Print3D.com

Published in 3D Systems

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