The article offers information on the Rapid Prototype Laboratory (RP Lab), located inside the General Motors (GM) Design building in Detroit, Michigan. The RP Lab houses a highly specialized three-dimensional (3D) rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment, which has resulted in dramatic efficiencies in GM wind tunnel testing across GM's entire car and truck lineup. It also features two fabrication processes, namely, selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereo lithography apparatus (SLA).
The article features the General Motors (GM) rapid prototyping (RP) laboratory located on the campus of the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The 9,000-square-foot laboratory builds a variety of prototypes from bumpers to spoilers using technology of selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SLA), referred to as RP and becoming known as additive manufacturing (AM). RP will allow Gm to reduce cost on product development and time-to-market.
TOOLS, MACHINING, RAPID prototyping, FACTORIES, and SUBSIDIARY corporations
The article features Roush Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Livonia, Michigan-based Roush Enterprises, which specializes in designing and building tooling for automotive applications. The company has two plants with manufacturing space for mold tooling, contract machining services and rapid prototyping. Management is intent on applying engineering principles into mold design and construction and delivering well-engineered tooling appropriate for the environment where they will be used.
CORPORATE sponsorship, CONFERENCES & conventions, PRODUCTION engineering, ENGINEERS' associations, and SOCIETIES
Announces that The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has teamed up with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to sponsor `Rapid Prototyping and Tooling for the Automotive Industry' to be held on September 4-5, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan. Comments from Philip Trimble of the SME.
RAPID prototyping, METAL castings, BUSINESS planning, and CORPORATE growth
The article reports on the move of Almont, Michigan-based Aristo-Cast Inc. to take a functional approach to prototyping. It states that the move will able to speed the route from casting designs to finished products. Moreover, it reveals that prototyping would able to link the component's designers and manufacturers as they proceed through the critical stage of product development.
CONFERENCES & conventions, NOISE control, VIBRATION (Mechanics), AUTOMOBILE engines, and BUSINESS enterprises
The article offers brief information on several companies that will participate in the SAE 2011 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in May 2011. Alta Solutions will showcase their AS-410 Analyzer compact NVH system. Genesis will feature GeneCARS Sound Design Tools and GeneBOX for prototyping active engine sound refinement. LDS produces electrodynamic shakers for vibration testing.
Grand Rapids Business Journal; 2007 Source Book, Vol. 25 Issue 30, p20-21, 2p
INVENTIONS and NEW product development
The article describes the inventions at the Invention Perfection in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prototypes of new products that have yet to be patented or certified include the Move About stool, the Flag Safe water safety system and Cosie Carry-on suitcase stroller. Invention Perfection assists an inventor in prototyping, patenting and trademarking, manufacturing or licensing the invented product.
Announces the May 1995 Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference and Exposition in Dearborn, Michigan. Conference theme; Focus on trends in prototyping applications; Topics for discussion; Agenda of activities; Sponsors; Contact information.
The article features LS Mold Inc., a mold manufacturer based in Holland, Michigan that specializes in producing molds for the furniture sector since 1970. It highlights the diversification of the company into prototyping in the late 1990s. Company president Larry Koning explains the emergence of the LS line of extremely rapid tooling for prototypes. The benefits gained by LS from the procurement of an OKK 1260 milling machine and a 610-ton Toshiba molding press are described.