Originally Posted by coxy
A friend and I had 50 Twin Weber manifolds made 20 years ago,back then it cost us $250.00 for the wooden patterns and the Foundry charged out at $50.00 for 1~10 units ,$35.00 for 50 units and if we wanted a run of 200 it would drop to $22.50 each.
We did all the finish machining ourselves.
Quality manifolds back then sold for $180.00 to $250.00 each.
People forget there are options other than CADCAE or CNC as it is more commonly called.
CAD = Computer-Aided Design
CAE = Computer-Aided Analysis - not discussed here.
CNC = Computer Numerical Control [machining] which is done with CAM software to generate the machine instructions.
Try and find a pattern maker today to make you a manifold pattern for $250.
In the meantime, if you have the CAD file we can make a plastic pattern overnight in a DDM machine.