Automated quoting of CNC machined custom molds and/or custom parts

  • US 7,840,443 B2
  • Filed: 10/25/2006
  • Issued: 11/23/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/27/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of automated, custom quotation for manufacture of a part, the method comprising:

  • receiving a CAD file for the part to be manufactured, the CAD file defining a part surface profile;

    assessing cost-affecting parameters of CNC machining the part surface profile;

    providing the customer with at least one menu of customer-selectable values for a cost-affecting parameter of manufacture unassociated with part surface profile;

    allowing the customer to select one of the provided customer-selectable values;

    computer generating a quotation for part manufacture based in part upon the cost-affecting parameters of CNC machining the part surface profile and based in part upon the customer-selected value; and

    transmitting the computer generated quotation to the customer.

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