SolidQuote Offers Design for Manufacturing Feedback

Instant Sheet Metal Quotes and Design Feedback for Sheet Metal Parts

Nashua, NH, May 9, 2014 -- Rapid Sheet Metal, a dedicated prototype sheet metal fabricator, has developed a SolidWorks and PTC CREO add-in that provides design for manufacturing feedback and pricing for prototype sheet metal parts. The add-in is called SolidQuote. SolidQuote is free and allows engineers and product developers to get sheet metal part quotes instantly.

Before SolidQuote, when an engineer wanted a quote for prototype sheet metal parts, they had to email or upload a 3D CAD file to a vendor, and expect to receive a quote anywhere from 24 hours to seven days later. Embedded within SolidWorks or PTC CREO, SolidQuote enables users to instantly get pricing and lead time for their part without leaving the CAD system.

A key feature of SolidQuote is the design feedback it provides users on sheet metal parts that are not able to be manufactured. For example, if a hole is too close to a bend or if the thickness gauge is incompatible. When this happens SolidQuote will display a pop-up on the users screen notifying them of what in their part needs to be changed or altered in order for it to be manufactured. Notifying users ahead of the quote stage saves time and money versus hearing it from the manufacturing vendor a few days later.

Changes can also be made through out the design process and are instantly reflected in the cost of the part. Everything from holes and bends, to welding, quantity and finishes, are updated in real time without ever leaving your CAD system.

For more information, and to download your free copy of SolidQuote for SolidWorks or PTC Creo, please visit www.esheetmetal.com.

About Rapid Sheet Metal
Rapid Sheet Metal focuses strictly on providing sheet metal and stamped prototypes and time sensitive short run fabrications to new product developers and engineers. Typical quote response time is well under 24 hours and most parts are shipped in one to two weeks.  A 48-hour fast expedite prototype sheet metal service is also available. Parts such as brackets, rac­ks, housings, and enclosures are fabricated to customer data from SolidWorks, Pro/E, SpaceClaim, Inventor, KeyCreator and other 3D CAD data sources from stainless steel, cold rolled steel and aluminum materials. Rapid Sheet Metal’s sister company, Rapid Machining, focuses on quick turn CNC machined and turned prototype parts.




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