Company services, ToyBuilders -- Services, Prototypes, Engineering -- Services, Online services -- Services, and Toy industry -- Services
ToyBuilders.com (www.toybuilders.com) offers an online prototyping and/or replicating service that lets customers create anything from personalized action figures to custom chess pieces. For example, a model of a car costs from about $200 to $2,400, depending on materials and level of detail.
Los Angeles Times. Oct 24, 1993, Vol. 112, pD3. photograph
United States. Army. Tank Automotive Command, Automobiles, Government Contracts, Air Pollution, Environmental Protection, United States. Army. Tank-automotive and Armaments Command -- Environmental policy, Automobile industry -- Environmental aspects, and Automobile engineering research -- Environmental aspects
General Motors' Technical Center and the US Army Tank-Automotive Command (Tacom) are located close to each other in Warren, MI. Both facilities have functioned as centers of new vehicle development, but previously, they ignored each other. Now, they are entering into a collaboration. In Sep 1993, Pres Clinton and the Big Three auto makers (GM, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler Corp) announced a government-business agreement to develop a super fuel-efficient automobile, also known as a 'clean car,' within 10 years. A vehicle is envisioned that would get up to 80 miles per gallon. Exactly how Tacom will assist the auto makers is unclear, but it is suggested that 'virtual prototyping' technology might be provided, cutting costs associated with design and manufacturing.