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Honeywell links up with Materialise: Prototypes and customised plastics, on-line on request.

Materialise NV : 06 June, 2002  (Company News)
The Belgian prototype provider Materialise and Honeywell International Inc. have teamed up to offer web-based services to reduce product development cycles.
On-line prototypes, on-line plastics.
Materialise, well known in the designers' world, debuted the Next Day service in December '97. Product designers, always short of time, receive their plastic model already the next day on their desk. By offering on-line quoting and ordering possibilities for plastic prototypes, this Next Day e-commerce service has been proven very successful.
The collaboration with Honeywell Plastics will extend this service even more. Honeywell's launch of MyResinPro.comô Custom Compound Resource Center is the perfect match to Materialise Next Day. Users will not only be able to receive and evaluate their prototypes in a very short time period, the direct link from the Next Day service to My offers the possibility that designers 'customise' their desired material too.

5 days from material request to sample...
Until now compromises in product design and mechanical properties have been a fact of the design engineers life. With the introduction of MyResinPro the designer can now log on to the service and submit a material specification and/or colour match. The technical service at Honeywell reviews the specification and manufactures a sample batch of custom material to meet the desired material specification. The service is completely free and with just five days from request to sample compromises in product design will be a thing of the past.
The combination of both revolutionary systems - on-line prototypes and on-line plastics, will be a major benefit to all product designers in finding the right material and the right parts.

...and 4 weeks to sample components in the right material.
Over the last 3 years Materialise has developed its own Magics Rapid Tooling software reducing the design lead-time for plastic injection mould tools, inserts and EDM electrodes from days to hours. High speed machining of the tools direct from the 3D data again reduces the lead-time for programming and machining of mould tool components. With an average lead-time of just 4 weeks - with some tools sampled within 6 working days - for prototype and low volume tools (up to 100 000 parts), Materialise meets the challenges of Honeywell complimenting the rapid response from MyResinPro.
Now with the link up between MyResinPro Custom Compound Resource Center at Honeywell and the unique approach to tool design and manufacture by Materialise, a product can have custom resins manufactured and sample components produced in just 4 weeks.

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