As this mailing lists etiquette states that product
announcements are welcome, we take the liberty to
forward the (commercial) press release information added below.
It is about our new software package called DeskProto, especially
meant for Rapid Prototyping using NC milling. The software
can read STL files and very easily (without NC skills required)
calculate milling paths. Combined with a lowcost milling machine
(available for less than USD 10,000) it offers an affordable RP system.
>From our Web-site (http://www.spline.nl) you can download a demo-
version of DeskProto, which can be used as a free STL viewer !
Lex Lennings (Delft Spline Systems)
DeskProto, offering in house Rapid Prototyping.
May 1st, 1996.
The ability to quickly produce prototypes is an important tool for
product designers. As
the need to shorten the time-to-market is felt more and more urgent,
has become an indispensable tool in many design departments.
As the equipment needed is very expensive, in most cases Rapid
Prototyping is put out to a
subcontractor, resulting in a delay period of a few days. In fact
prototyping can only be
really rapid if it is done in house, by a machine standing next to the
Desktop Prototyping. The prototype then can be ready withing the hour,
possible for the designer to continue without loosing his train of
prototyping: the prototype being an interactive designers tool).
DeskProto makes this ideal situation reality, by offering Rapid
Prototyping using an
(affordable) desktop CNC milling machine. DeskProto is a revolutionary
package, specially created for designers without any CNC experience.
Mr A.F. Lennings of Delft Spline Systems (the Netherlands) states:
"To use a traditional CAM-package a thoroughly trained CAM-specialist is
needed, who can correctly set a number of parameters for every surface to be
machined, who checks the resulting toolpaths and if needed corrects them.
DeskProto will do all these things fully automatically and acts thus as a
box': in all cases a valid toolpath will result."
Starting point for DeskProto is an STL file. This is the standard
filetype for Rapid
Prototyping, almost any 3D CAD-system can export STL files. DeskProto
reads the file and
draws the geometry. Of course some milling parameters are still present
and can be set in
case needed, for instance the tool to be used and the accuracy (tests
have proved that users
without CNC training can work with these parameters). Next the toolpaths
and saved to file (the file-format can be user-defined: in technical
lingo a configurable
A demonstration diskette is available from Delft Spline Systems in the
almost completely functional version). The demo-version can also be
downloaded from the
Internet Web-site (URL adress http://www.spline.nl), showing some
DeskProto is an MS Windows application
The package is offered for (excl VAT) : DGl 2.900,-
The above price in Dutch Guilders, equivalencing ca USD 1,700.00
For more information: Delft Spline Systems
PO Box 2071
3500 GB Utrecht
Tel +31 30 296 5957.
Fax +31 30 296 2292
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