Taking dual-tank as controlled object, a rapid prototyping controller based process control experimental platform is developed by adopting the rapid control prototype technology and combining the real-time simulation environment provided by RTW (Real Time Workshop)/xPC Target toolbox with the operation monitoring software based on WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). This platform supports the automatic code generation and on-line parameter adjustment, improves the efficiency of control algorithm design and verification, and has a good effect on deepening students' understanding and mastering process control system and improving their ability to solve complex engineering problems. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
VIRTUAL prototypes, RAPID prototyping, REALISM, and NEW product development
This new version of Modaris speeds up the time to market for collections. Lectra launches Modaris® V8R2, the latest version of its patternmaking, grading and prototyping 2D/3D solution. With Modaris V8R2, Lectra has made it possible for patternmakers and external suppliers the guarantee of size compliance, regardless of the measurement systems used in the countries where production occurs. [Extracted from the article]
YOSHIHIRO OKADA, TAKAYUKI OGATA, and HIROYUKI MATSUGUMA
Computers in Entertainment; Mar2016, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p4:1-4:20, 20p
RAPID prototyping, PHYSICAL therapy, TAI chi, COMPUTER games, and 3-D computer games
This article treats a component-based approach for the prototyping of Tai Chi-based physical therapy games. The research group of the authors has already proposed a component-based three-dimensional (3D) software development system called IntelligentBox. One of the application fields of IntelligentBox is the development of 3D games. In this article, the authors validate the availability of IntelligentBox for the prototype development of Tai Chi-based physical therapy games that require several functionalities, for example, body action input, sound play,movie play, and so on. For them, IntelligentBox has already supported a video-based motion input, a motion capture system input, a data-glove input, and so on. Also, physical therapy games need fine-tuning, according to each of the rehabilitants, because their physical disability levels differ. Therefore, therapists have to frequently change many parameters such as a body action speed, difficulty levels of body actions, and so on. For this point, the component-based approach is significant. To validate this, the authors have been developing physical therapy games using IntelligentBox and they have just developed a practical Tai Chi-based dance game as one of the physical therapy games. In this article, the authors explain how easily such a game can be developed using IntelligentBox. The authors also explain new functionalities of several components of IntelligentBox extended for this development. In addition, this article shows the results of the performance evaluations to indicate that the developed game practically can be used as a physical therapy game. The authors also propose another framework enables network collaboration of the developed "Tai Chi" game. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
MICROCONTROLLERS, RAPID prototyping, LIQUID crystal displays, and THIN film transistors
The article focuses on the latest development in the microcontroller (MCU) boards which make ease the prototyping. Topics discussed include the STM32 discovery kits, MSP430 from Texas Instruments (TI), graphic liquid crystal displays (LCDs), thin-film transistor (TFT) displays and communication ports used in the MCU and the views of Nishant Bhaskar, embedded processing application engineer, Texas Instruments India, on the same.
RAPID prototyping, PRINTED circuits, INTEGRATED circuits, ELECTRIC capacity, and COPPER
DON'T GET ME WRONG—I LOVE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS. PCBs are, of course, essential in mass-produced products. Even for hobbyists, a small run assures almost perfectly repeatable circuits. And PCBs with a good ground plane are essential for high-frequency circuits operating at more than a few megahertz. A ground plane is a large area of copper that's used as a low-inductance electrical return path from components to a circuit's power supply. It prevents parasitic capacitance from smearing high-frequency signals into noise, and the absence of a ground plane is why you can't build a high-frequency circuit using a breadboard and expect it to work well, or at all. • But rapid prototyping with PCBs has drawbacks compared with the speed and ease of building a circuit on a breadboard. You can quickly make your own PCBs—as long as you don't mind the mess and some stained clothing and are willing to drill your own through holes. Or you can send your PCB layout to be made by a commercial service, but this takes several days at least and is more expensive. • So I began thinking about practical alternatives for high-frequency circuits that can provide maker-friendly prototypes that are fast to build, and easy to probe and alter. In this article, I'll be presenting one key idea; some follow-on strategies will appear on the IEEE Spectrum website in the coming weeks. I should say that I make no claims of originality: Indeed I employ some oft-forgotten, decades-old techniques, but they turn out to be surprisingly useful in an age of surface-mount components operating at gigahertz frequencies. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
DEFENSE procurement, RAPID prototyping, MILITARY technology, INFORMATION storage & retrieval systems -- Armed forces, and KNOWLEDGE management
The article discusses the Mission Command Battle Lab's (MCBL) experience with the Army Regulation (AR) 5-5 study process and with using the study results while collaborating with other organizations to provide tangible benefits to the U.S. Army. The MCBL helps drive the rapid development of a functioning prototype based on the study results. The AR 5-5 study, conducted during summer and fall 2013, hypothesized that there is no mission command system designed and developed for the commander.
RAPID prototyping, CUSTOMER services, THREE-dimensional printing, and EXPANSION (Business)
The article reports that additive manufacturing service bureaus Midwest Prototyping plans to expand its services to Colorado after the acquisition of rapid prototyping division Tenere Inc. The company that aims to provide quality services to its customers is mentioned. The company's sevices related to 3D printing is offered.
There is an increasing need to provide more detailed insight into the behavior of particulate systems. The current powder characterization tools are developed empirically and in many cases, modification of existing equipment is difficult. More flexible tools are needed to provide understanding of complex powder behavior, such as mixing process and segregation phenomenon. An approach based on the fast prototyping of new powder handling geometries and interfacing solutions for process analytical tools is reported. This study utilized 3D printing for rapid prototyping of customized geometries; overall goal was to assess mixing process of powder blends at small-scale with a combination of spectroscopic and mechanical monitoring. As part of the segregation evaluation studies, the flowability of three different paracetamol/filler-blends at different ratios was investigated, inter alia to define the percolation thresholds. Blends with a paracetamol wt% above the percolation threshold were subsequently investigated in relation to their segregation behavior. Rapid prototyping using 3D printing allowed designing two funnels with tailored flow behavior (funnel flow) of model formulations, which could be monitored with an in-line near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer. Calculating the root mean square (RMS) of the scores of the two first principal components of the NIR spectra visualized spectral variation as a function of process time. In a same setup, mechanical properties (basic flow energy) of the powder blend were monitored during blending. Rapid prototyping allowed for fast modification of powder testing geometries and easy interfacing with process analytical tools, opening new possibilities for more detailed powder characterization. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article reports that LPKF Laser & Electronics, a leading manufacturer of desktop and stand-alone PCB prototyping machines, has announced the launch of new content on their microsite www.PCBPrototypingMachines.com.
ARCHITECTS, DOMESTIC architecture, HOUSE construction, RAPID prototyping, and NUMERICAL control of machine tools
The article presents an interview with architect Mario Romano. Topics discussed include exterior shapes of houses designed by him, use of digital fabrication and Computer numerical control (CNC) machine to create surfaces, and open-source construction employed by him in designing and building of a house. He also discusses his collaboration with Corian for developing a patent-pending software platform.
ThomasNet News; 2/2/2018, p1-1, 1p, 1 Color Photograph
RAPID prototyping, SELECTIVE laser sintering, and FUSED deposition modeling
The article focuses on rapid prototyping technique which includes information on technologies used in rapid prototyping including Selective Laser Sintering, Fused Deposition Modeling, and Stereolithography.
Harvard Business Review; Sep2015, Vol. 93 Issue 9, p80-11, 6p
DESIGN, CONSUMERS, PACKAGING, RAPID prototyping, NEW product development, PACKAGED foods industry, SOFT drink industry, SNACK foods & health, and COMPETITIVE advantage in business
CEO Indra Nooyi believes that each PepsiCo product must engage customers so directly and personally that they fall in love with it. So in 2012 she hired renowned designer Mauro Porcini as PepsiCo’s first chief design officer. Nooyi says that design thinking now informs nearly everything the company does, from product creation, to the look on the shelf, to how consumers interact with a product after they buy it. Design thinking is apparent, for instance, in Pepsi Spire, the company’s touchscreen fountain machine that gives consumers the visual experience of watching flavors get added to a beverage before the finished product is dispensed. And design thinking is an integral part of what Nooyi says makes women embrace Mountain Dew Kickstart—with its slim can, higher juice content, and lower calorie burden—as a product they can “walk around with.” But design is not all about the way a product looks, according to Nooyi. She says that PepsiCo has delivered “great shareholder value” on her watch because the company also offers consumers true choices, as evident in its “good for you” and “fun for you” categories of products—and because she has led her workforce to adapt strategically to consumers’ constantly evolving aspirations. INSET: How Design Can Thrive.. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article discusses how manufacturers can implement a laser-based, metal powder-bed fusion process to help ensure that products reliably meet specifications. Additive manufacturing (AM) is now used for the production of mission-critical components for use in high-tech industries. However, its implementation has been delayed by challenges with achieving a uniform product.