Parametric cost analysis for web-based e-commerce of layer manufactured objects

Luca di Angelo, Paolo di Stefano
2009 International Journal of Production Research  
WEB based e-commerce of rapid prototyping services is going to be a widely diffused methodology used to compete in a global market. A competitive market imposes a very accurate estimation of prototyping price. Prototype costs depend on many factors, some of which may be easily deduced, while some others consist in a complex function of the geometric model properties and of the specific technology employed to build a physical model. Build time, which affects some components of the prototype's
more » ... the prototype's build cost, is a critical factor to deduce. Build time depends not only on the prototype dimensions but also on the complexity of the shape that, in turn, affects the movement of the tool to form the object. A parametric approach to build cost estimation, suited for WEB based e-commerce, is presented in this paper. Significant cost driving factors of layer manufactured objects are identified and instruments to evaluate them are proposed. Special attention has been paid to define a parametric approach to build time estimation. The proposed parametric approach analyzes the geometrical features, which typically affect the build time of the main layer manufacturing technologies. The method is verified in some test cases related to FDM technology.
doi:10.1080/00207540802183653 fatcat:npwy3uw2gjhwpmcor4fsbzcchu