Offers a look at the use of the methods of rapid prototyping (RP) to streamline product development. Background on traditional RP systems; Benefits of 3-dimensional (3D) printers; Obstacles in the development of 3D printing. INSET: RP Software.
Discusses the events from the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing (RP&M) Conference and Exposition. Information on a report by Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates on the rapid prototyping (RP) market; Top three unit sales performers; Other news at the conference.
Describes the report `Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1998 Worldwide Progress Report' published by Wohlers Associates Inc. which reveals the continuous increase in the sales of rapid prototyping (RP) systems in the United States. Decline in the amount of money spent on RP products and services; Top three unit sales manufacturers in 1997.
EXPERIMENTAL automobiles, AUTOMOTIVE engineering, and COMPUTER simulation
Takes a look at the Romulus Predator, a supercar debuted by M&L Auto Specialists Inc. at the Autofact in November 1997 which symbolizes the potential of virtual prototyping in automotive design. Use of virtual prototyping software and hardware in the car's design and construction; Automobile design; Companies involved in the car's production; Features.
Discusses the trends in automotive prototyping in 1998. Cost of hardware testing; Information on virtual prototyping; Trend in using 3-dimensional (3D) solids; Employment of virtual reality softwares such as Oxygen SketchMap. INSETS: The cat is back;Cloning a classic.
COMPUTER software, OCCUPATIONAL disease diagnostic equipment industry, and MEDICAL equipment
Looks at how computer-aided design, computer-aided machining and rapid prototyping are used to develop medical devices. Details on the creation of a cardiac pump; Description of an equipment for carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis; Information on a composite ambulance cot.
COMPUTER-aided design and COMPUTER-aided engineering
Deals with the impact of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture/computer aided-engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) technology on reducing time to market. Details on the benefit of Lucas Diesel System for using SolidWorks software from SolidWorks Corp.; Approach of Detroit Diesel Corp. in using the CAD/CAM/CAE technology; Contract won by Oshkosh Truck Corp. in using CAD and prototyping method for designing.
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COMPUTER-aided engineering, COMPUTER software, and MEDICAL equipment
Discusses the benefit of computer-aided engineering (CAE) in the field of medical device development. Computerized axial tomography (CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Use of Mimics software from Materialise Software; Application of rapid prototyping.
Focuses on the factors that have contributed to the increase in the popularity of the three dimensional printers in the United States. Includes low cost to purchase; Better operation than traditional rapid prototyping equipment; Offering of design engineers with the ability to quickly visualize their product ideas.
PROTOTYPES, PRODUCTION engineering, CONFERENCES & conventions, and SOCIETIES
Focuses on the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 1998 exhibition sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Attendees for the event; Drop in the revenue growth from rapid prototyping (RP) products; Growth of primary RP products worldwide; Advancements in the materials front of RP products.
Features Matra Datavision Inc.'s task specific reverse engineering and rapid prototyping software called STRIM for Prototyping Version 6.2. Creation of high quality surfaces directly from a set of points in a matter of minutes; Inclusion of curvature analyzer in the software.
Focuses on the role of the collaboration between the Internet and rapid prototyping in improving the engineering design of products. Role of Internet technology in the decentralization of product design; Improvement of communication between people working together; Web sites that act as intermediaries between designers and service bureaus.
COMPUTER-aided engineering, MANUFACTURING processes, and VIRTUAL reality
Focuses on the distinction between two approaches in computer-aided engineering, called virtual prototyping and super engineer. How a virtual prototyping system works; Views on the functions of a super engineer; Significance of design alternatives to engineering projects.
STRATEGIC alliances (Business) and ENGINEERING design
Provides information on the expansion of the alliance between ANSYS Inc. and Mechanical Dynamics Inc. to provide advanced virtual prototyping capability. Benefits of the expansion to design engineers; Advantages of the advanced virtual prototyping capability.
Deals with the report `Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1999 Worldwide Progress Report,' that studied the use of rapid prototyping in design engineering. Implication of the decline in sales of rapid prototyping (RP) equipment; Benefit of design engineers in combining RP and solid modeling; Major difference of RP and computer-aided design (CAD).