The Worlds First Online Factory

LillianH · August 31, 2004 11:16 am

eMachineShop.com Worlds First Online Factory Enables Instant Design and Delivery of Custom Mechanical Parts
Average 40 Hours of Engineering and Administrative Time For Single Custom Part Reduced to Only 15 Minutes Midland Park, NJ eMachineShop (www.emachineshop.com) is believed to be the worlds first online factory enabling any company, organization or individual to design, price, and instantly order any mechanical part. From initial contact to placing an order, the entire process takes as little as 15 minutes. According to Jim Lewis, eMachineShop president, Whether you are designing a new part or are in need for more of an existing part, getting custom parts is time consuming and costly. Until now, you had to buy and learn expensive and complex CAD software, make technical drawings, locate a machine shop, find a way to transmit the drawings to the machine shop, discuss the design with an accomplished machinist, sift through numerous price quotations, and eventually get your part often paying much more than necessary while adding weeks of delay. As value of manufactured goods output reaches $1 trillion every month* online custom parts expected to grow exponentially Mr. Lewis added, eMachineShop is an innovative solution offering the easiest, most cost-effective way to turn ideas into real 3D parts at both prototype and production quantities. Whether for a new invention, an existing product or construction of a space rocket, eMachineShop revolutionizes the whole process. In just its first two quarters of operation, eMachineShop has produced parts for electronic panels, enclosures, signs, scientific devices, parts for airplanes, cars, motorcycles and trucks, ocean buoys, sensor mechanics and cameras. The value of manufactured goods in April, 2004 was $989 billion*. As the global economy continues to recover, online manufacturing services such as eMachineShop have enormous potential. Barely out of the starting gate, eMachineShop has already processed nearly 1,000 orders, Mr. Lewis commented. eMachineShop at-a-glance To begin, users download eMachineShops free CAD software. During the design phase, eMachineShops automated machining expert analyses the shape, material and finish to keep the user informed of any physical limitations, thereby making it easy for engineers and non-technical people to successfully design parts. A built-in software expert system provides step-by-step guidance through the process, often totally eliminating the need for expensive engineering support and the associated delays, saving even more time and money. For example, if a sheet metal bend is too close to an edge, the software will advise the user in seconds. A 3D preview helps visualize the final part before ordering. From the customers screen to delivery at the customers door, eMachineShop takes care of everything totally transparently. Although not as fast, its almost like the transporter in Star Trek, said Mr. Lewis. eMachineShop currently offers CNC milling, turning, punching, blanking, laser cutting, plastic extrusion, thermoforming, tapping, bending, water jet cutting, wire EDM and will soon add injection molding. Surface finishes include brushing, plating, powder coating, anodizing, polishing, grinding, and more. Materials range from a broad selection of metals, plastics, woods, composites and others. eMachineShop is a subsidiary of Micro Logic, a privately held technology organization located at 666 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Web site: www.emachineshop.com. *National Association of Manufacturers, Statistics section, www.nam.org

Article Comments


tyrone ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

What a Fantastic idea! The company that capatalizes on the artisical point of view will be the winner!

tyrone ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

As said befor, everyone will benefit from the ordeal, the lesser will be given a chance to contibute to the benefits of mankind.

Angelwave ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Nice artical, I'm glad to see such a "self help" idea......I have a brother that can perform in such a manner, but at last, it isn't too easy to get the parts from and the design process is about as long as a trip to Mars and lets not forget the price, of course the costs are about the price NASA shuttles........so happy that the new emachineshop is so user friendly, now maybe tooling can be passed around more. Thanks for the info Renderosity

kc4mts ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

And I thought that the Santa Claus machine was just a myth! This is a great thing to have if you need molds cut for vacu forming or doing prototype work. Still too rich for my pocket, but who knows, maybe the price will drop to user levels before long ( or replicators will come out and the whole issue will be moot!)

kc4mts ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

I made a mistake.......The prices for singles are way cheaper than a Normal charge from a machine shop. Santa Claus has come early and his name is E Machine Shop!

Mivan ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 September 2004

This is a wonderful concept. I no longer have to take time to travel to the local machine shop, metal supplier or specialty shop for my prototype design parts. Looks like I may put my lathe and mill up for sale. Mivan

DickBoba ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 05 September 2004

Actually, if you dig into the software a little deeper...their cost per part is not that bad, when you consider the front end savings (Engineering/Design at <$65/hr)if you are thinking of getting them to make "widget" parts for you (repeat orders) you save per part on bulk orders (100parts) and also you can play around in minutes with things like finishing, size, material, number of machines used, packaging, etc to try to cut the costs even more...and you don't have to resubmit quote drawings over and over with those cost reduction changes like a tradional shop...the software gives you the pricing info in seconds after you make those changes...I think it's an engineering concept that's way overdue.

mmitchell_houston ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 September 2004

Interesting... I've wondered about getting prototypes or "masters" for game components, and this might be an avenue to approach. I'm also wondering about those new "3D Printers" that have come out, and am hoping for a simple (and inexpensive) service. My guess is that we're still a year or two away from someone offering a CafePress-type solution for solid 3D objects.


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