Ben Staub, owner of Bastech, Inc. in Dayton, OH, saw how changing business conditions threatened his core business.
company ten years ago, it was primarily an SLA model service bureau.
As that market became more competitive and other technologies developed, he
initially invested in the Keltool process available from 3D Systems (Valencia, CA) to take advantage of his
moldmaking background and offer his
customers more than just SLA models.
"RP had gotten so commoditized, that it could only become profitable if it was used as a means to an end," states Staub
company, which assists product developers from concept to molded parts, now uses a variety of Rapid Manufacturing Technologies.
company's capabilities by adding a new technology may require the cooperation of a key customer.
"The need is great to partner with a customer, and say, 'We'll buy the machine and use it on your project.
This will be the first time and there may be some difficulties.
But in the end, we'll be adding a capability that will decrease your cost and help you speed your product to market,'" explains Staub
"That didn't concern our customer," says Staub
has a close dialogue with 3D Systems.
"We are sharing a lot of information with them on some of the nuances that we have learned to help them push this closer to a more competitive technology," he
found that there are some applications where shaping cavity surfaces with what can be thought of as the 'modified traditional' method of high-speed CNC machining is the most competitive and cost-effective means of production.
agrees there are several technologies that can be chosen to accomplish these goals, and regardless of which is selected, these are just tools, and there is no one process that is the solution for all requirements.
For more information on rapid technologies, contact Ben Staub
at email@example.com .