At one point early in the conversation, I had inquired if the issue was a small feature. He didn't reply, but I don't think he had the file open at that point, so I don't think he was able to reply then. After he got the part open, he didn't bring up that concern. I didn't bring it up again, because I was addressing his other concerns.
I had expressed that I'm willing to change the files and I'm willing to be as flexible as I can. I noted I could change the features of the part, I could also change the qty from 250 to something lower, and I could change the length and width of the array. However, instead of getting a list of issues that I might be able to resolve in term of the model, I got the no bid e-mail posted below. Perhaps there's a variation in opinion from the folks that work 8-5 vs those that are there at 6:30 to 7:00 when I was able to call, not sure.
About my unavailability when he called, I have no record of a call, and I was available after about 6:15 of the two days he may have tried to call. He did leave me a message the first time he called, so he has the correct number.I apologize for missing your phone calls last night. I was hoping to get you after 7pm but when I called you were unavailable.
Sean Perkins spoke with me this morning regarding the conversation you had last night. It is
difficult to express in email the subtleties of my concerns with your designs, but I will try
To begin with, I would like to let you know that we will have pass on this project and no bid the
work. This design is not well suited to the prototyping processes we offer for a variety of
My recommendation would be to find a local university or small company that has a prototyping
machine with plenty of excess time and a willingness to experiment with the process. Your design
is beyond the limitations of the process and will likely require many attempts to get a workable
piece, and even then, the machines may not be able to build the design at all.
The basic design of the part is far below the minimums that we have found for getting a good
result using our rapid prototyping processes. Being so small raises problems beyond just what the
machine can build. In order to remove the support structure we would likely destroy, damage or
lose, the majority of the parts in the model.
We also do not have the capabilities to efficiently finish, as these processes require
significant hand finishing, all the parts. Your design may be too small for today's technology to
I apologize that we cannot be of more assistance with this project. Good luck with your future
work and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Sales Manager, Wes Wilson
(firstname.lastname@example.org). I have copied him on this email as well.
I posted the SLA file. Caution they are in the 50 meg to 150 meg range in size. There are several files because they are different sized arrays. The QTY is noted in the name.
http://jaredharvey.com/openservo/open_e ... sla_arrays
[EDIT]Do you think this fellow your working with can or is willing to get these through the system? I'm certainly willing to make changes if required.