In addition to being able to quickly compare quotes between suppliers, instant quote platforms like RapidDirect’s allow manufacturers to compare prices for different 3D printing materials and technologies. “We understand that there is currently a big gap in the rapid manufacturing space in terms of quotation. The need to shorten the product development cycle and reduce investment risk while reducing costs continues to increase day by day,” has explained Leon Huang, CEO of RapidDirect. “The rapid prototyping industry is also marked by a heavy quotation process. Prototyping customers find it difficult to get quotes from multiple manufacturers in a short time to compare prices. Our new online quotation system aims to bridge the gap between physical and digital production systems. â, Huang continued.
Many online platforms that offer instant quotes outsource the project requests they receive. However, since RapidDirect has its own manufacturing plants in Shenzhen, the company explains that it is able to offer up to 30% price reduction and a more reliable delivery time compared to platforms from similar rapid prototyping. Prototech Asia, a French company based in China, is also competing in this space, providing rapid prototyping services and high quality finishes, and their factory is located south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province.
RapidDirect’s instant quote platform analyzes design data downloaded from CAD files. Real-time pricing information, material types and finish options are immediately visible after the quote is complete, allowing customers to compare prices and ultimately reduce design lead times. concepts. In terms of quality assurance, RapidDirect offers material certifications as well as consulting their in-house engineering team who can assist with early stage material selection, custom prototyping design advice, cost reduction advice , as well as technical suggestions for the final production. Learn more about RapidDirect’s instant quote platform HERE.
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