Simulate Early, Simulate Often... In Rhino
[Writing this out again as the first version, with image attached, doesn't seem to have uploaded. If is has, please disregard that one].
We have a firm here in South Africa that 3D prints in starch and if in VRML-2 format, can be printed in colour. Have seen an engine block with stress analysis done like this. VRML-2 may not be an ideal export option for SnS - can always use a 3rd party convertor.
My thinking here is using SnS as a sales tool. It tells prospective clients we engineer products rather than slap any old thing together. That keeps us out of price wars and justifies a higher price (not to mention R&D budget).
Presenting SnS reports of known problems has dropped jaws around our boardroom table. Matter of fact, my R&D budget was quadrupled this morning. Imagine SnS models suspended in polycarb cases in the showroom...