The original version of Alliance Lite, AL1, experienced light take-up because of message and volume restrictions, but AL2 removes those restrictions and makes it possible to avoid using a service bureau
as the middleman, she says.
The service bureau
produced a conventional, solid SLA pattern, and then the foundry determined the best way to make the tool, deciding where the parting lines would be and how many pick-outs (loose pieces that accommodate undercuts in the pattern) would be required.
I recently chatted with a direct marketer who uses this same service bureau
for his merge/purge processing.
Systems based on thermal ink-jet printing technologies, like those from Solidscape and Sanders Design International, are highly accurate but comparatively slow in producing master patterns, and thus have not caught on with service bureaus
Many use the fax service bureaus
of PR Newswire and Business Wire.
The Civil Service Bureau
also examines draft laws, proposes regulations and decisions on the affairs related to the civil service, and expresses its opinion on proposed drafts related to these matters before they are approved.
A customer can approach a service bureau
with anything from a pre-converted stl file to a set of drawings.
We prefer all requests to go through our company," explains marketing specialist Amy Hendrickson, adding that 3D will then recommend the most appropriate service bureau
for the job.
And, as the October 1990 issue of Macworld points out, someone at the service bureau
should have had a prior life in the printing business.
Working with a service bureau
can give a foundry access to rapid prototyping, providing them with the ability to add another service for their customers.