Reply to: Service Bureaus
Hello. First time caller, long time listener. Love your program. I am a research analyst at SRI (formerly the Stanford Research Institute) and I am writing a piece on service bureaus. Rather than call each service bureau individually (there are now 649 of them worldwide, according to Rapid Prototyping Report), I was hoping that some of you (individuals from service bureaus or companies) would be kind enough to take a minute to give me your thoughts on the following with respect to service bureaus (SBs):
• What are people (you, your company) using SBs for (technical advice, file fixing, RP, cast tooling, injection molding...)? Are SBs being used differently today than in the past?
• How are people communicating with SBs (electronically sending CAD files, 2D drawings)?
• Major strengths and weaknesses of SBs?
• The future of SBs (for example, some appear to be going out of business in the U.S.— consolidation in the SB business)?
I'd be happy to post a summary of the results (assuming I get enough to compile). Thanks for your time.
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