Concurrent engineering, Engineering, and Concurrent engineering equipment
Concurrent engineering (CE) is an important method of modern engineering popular in manufacturing and many other industries. This form of engineering departs from traditional linear methods. In its most basic sense, concurrent engineering involves performing engineering steps such as designing, developing, refining, manufacturing, and improving products more or less at the same time. Many businesses have adopted concurrent engineering as a long-term strategy to reduce development and production time, save money and resources, and, in many cases, improve productivity and product quality. Concurrent engineering is also sometimes called simultaneous engineering; both terms relate to the way the steps of the process occur simultaneously rather than consecutively.
Rapid prototyping is the speedy creation of a three-dimensional (3-D) model of a product or part. It is also known as rapid mechanical prototyping. It may be created as a model of a digitally created item, or used in the testing process before the item is manufactured. Most rapid prototypes are made using computer aided design (CAD) and 3-D printers, also known as additive layer manufacturing technology. Some prototypes are made using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). Rapid prototyping is used in a wide range of fields, including manufacturing and medicine. DTM SLS-based rapid prototyping machine. By Rsabbatini, CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), via Wikimedia Commons Rapid prototyping slicing. By Materialgeeza, CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons