Machine Design. 4/8/2010, Vol. 82 Issue 6, p52-55. 4p. 3 Color Photographs, 1 Black and White Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, ENGINEERING equipment, MACHINE design, PRINTING, and SINTERING
The article presents survey findings on the capability of rapid-prototyping (RP) technique for micromolded components in a machine design in the U.S. The gathered data primarily focuses on the dimensions, features and performance of various RP technologies, considering the technology requirement in the medical, optical and microelectronics industries. Among the assessed RP tools include stereolitography, 3D printing or inkjet printing, and selective laser sintering.
SYSTEMS engineering, PROTOTYPES, FLIGHT control systems, and AIR traffic controllers
The article examines the use of systems engineering in a collaborative research project to rapidly prototype designs for the friendly marking device (FMD) of joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) in the U.S. Air Force. The key stakeholders identified during the process of defining the project are cited. Also discussed is the development of the concept of operation for the solution. A decision tool capable of using the limited candidate attribute information is said to be important in the FMD rapid development environment.
MILITARY electronics industry, RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, ELECTRONIC industries, DEFENSE industries, COMMERCIAL products, and NEW product development
Features various products for military electronic industry in the U.S. Purpose of the six module, multifunction and single slot compact PCI, manufactured by North Atlantic Industries; Performance of the upgraded dual-processor PowerPC card, manufactured by Radstone Technology PLC; Applications of the Sentry system, manufactured by Elma Electronic Inc.
Focuses on the auxiliaries used in the U.S. plastics industry. Rapid prototyping equipment manufactured by the company 3D Systems Corp.; Use of substrate registration device for adding versatility to the rotary screen printer from Systematic Automation Inc.; Benefits of intermediate bulk container system launched by the company ISL Cone Valve technology.
Deals with the strategic planning that increases optical prototyping efficiency. Research of the Center for High Tech Materials at the University of New Mexico; Design of the lens; Significance of a strong line of communication.
PROTOTYPES, AUTOMOTIVE engineering, COST control, LITHOGRAPHY, and ORIGINAL equipment manufacturers
The article discusses the role of rapid prototyping techniques in automotive design in the U.S. It mentions that the technique is one of the down-sizing and cost-cutting measures taken by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association in the industry to minimize the increasing number of suppliers that have went bankrupt or had their assets foreclosed. An overview of the additive-prototyping methods such as stereolithography (SLA) is also discussed.
RAPID prototyping, POLYMER testing, and PLASTICS industries
Focuses on the materials used in the U.S. plastics industry. Humidity resistance built by the epoxy materials for stereolithography rapid prototyping; Biocompatibility testing for polycarbonate/polyester alloys; Powdered masterbatch vehicles in a variety of resins introduced by the company ICO Polymers Inc.
Reports the marketing of stereolithography rapid-prototyping equipment from 3D Systems Corp. in Valencia, California. Expansion of product marketing; Introduction of a line of epoxy-based RP resins; Materials used in the Accura line.
Introduces the FDM Maxum rapid-prototyping machine from Stratasys Inc. in Eden Prairie, Minnesotta. Features of the equipment; Advantages of the device; Production of intricate components for pocket cameras.
Medical Design Technology. Oct2006, Vol. 10 Issue 10, p15-17. 3p.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MEDICAL equipment industry, and INDUSTRIAL productivity
The article discusses the rapid prototype tooling (RPT) that helps medical device manufacturers in ensuring the products are available to the U.S. market. The RPT helps eliminate the questions and variables that can block future production at the worst times. Its objective is to obtain data for the engineering, tooling and manufacturing groups which are useful in the production of a customer program and yields a long term valuable results for the complete process.
Medical Design Technology. Jan2012, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p8-10. 2p.
MEDICAL equipment software, MEDICAL equipment industry, RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, and MEDICAL supplies industry
The article presents views of various engineers on how the design software has served as a replacement for physical prototypes in medical device manufacturing in the U.S. John Vargas of Pro-Dex Inc. acknowledges that software helped the industry with their product development. Riley Phipps of Value Plastics notes that the innovation provided sector with accuracy in their manufacturing processes. Steve Fidrych of Mach Prototype Inc. states that such solutions offer the industry with flexibility.
Reports on advances made in rapid-prototyping (RP) technology in the United States plastics industry. Impact of RP systems on product development; Percentage of RP equipment located at service bureaus and model shops; Limitation of RP systems; Introduction of epoxy-based photopolymers by 3-D Systems.
Solid State Technology. Sep2003, Vol. 46 Issue 9, p26. 2p.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, and NUMERICAL grid generation (Numerical analysis)
Focuses on the impact of optimizing processing equipment using virtual prototyping in the U.S. Availability of mesh creation tools; Examination of the large-scale flow patterns; Evaluation of more design alternatives.