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Instant online Viper SLA quote system saves time and money

17 October 2008

Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC) has introduced what it believes is the UK’s first instant online Viper SLA quotation system at for users keen to access an immediate costing for a near-perfect rapid prototype. The new system takes away the time-consuming task of obtaining a quote. Where traditionally companies have had to send CAD files to a prototyping specialist and wait for a manual response, users can now log on to, fill in the product’s dimensions and their own email address, and within seconds a formal quote will appear in their inbox.

“This will provide people with an instant competitive quote for a very high accuracy prototype, without any obligation, says managing director, Stephen Knowles. "As soon as they hit ‘submit’, the quote is issued. The whole process takes a matter of minutes. Once given the go ahead, we can get working on it straightaway, cutting down on turnaround time too. This service combined with the SLA means that potentially we could produce a prototype within a day.”

As one of just a handful of UK companies to own a Viper SLA machine, users can access SLA (stereolithography) prototyping, sometimes known as 3D printing. CAD files can be converted into high quality, solid plastic parts in a matter of hours.

The Viper SLA system also allows companies to choose between standard resolution mode for the best balance of build speed and part resolution, and high resolution mode for ultra-detailed small parts and features. The resin used is also higher quality than most, creating extremely durable parts that can form the basis for a wide range of solid imaging applications, including casting and moulding.

As an added incentive to test out the new service, November will see IDC offering a 20% discount for all those using the SLA online quote service.

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