Examines the attributes of the popular rapid prototyping systems. Ability of the systems to handle a mobile phone, a fan and a track ball; Performance of the device based on time, quality and cost; Design phase indexes.
Discusses the methods of rapid prototyping (RP). Reliance on CAD data; Comparison of accuracy of conventional techniques and RP methods; Most challenging part of the KitchenAir project. Robert Bosch Power Tool Corp.'s use of SLS; Key to rapid prototyping a muffler-assembly design used in Xerox copiers. INSETS: Selective laser sintering (SLS).;Fused deposition modeling (FDM).;Laminated object manufacturing (LOM).;Time is money.
Outlines tools and techniques for the detailed evaluation of ergonomics during prototyping of new-product design. Factors that can be used as test variables in studying human characteristics; Bases for the question in four intervals in relation to the human perception studies; Factors included in the ergonomic analysis.
Appliance Manufacturer. Mar1999, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p34. 3p. 2 Color Photographs, 2 Black and White Photographs.
Prototypes and Fluid dynamics
Discusses prototyping technologies that are used to create evaluation parts of air moving solutions. Use of stereolithography (SLA) method at ice machine maker, Revcor; Application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for blower design at a water heater maker; Benefits from rapid prototyping methods.
Appliance Manufacturer. Feb1994, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p12. 1p. 1 Color Photograph, 1 Black and White Photograph.
Discusses the advancements in rapid-prototyping. Driving forces; Investment casting patterns and spray-metal molds; DTM Corp.'s system that will produce metal parts directly; Current use of selective laser sintering process; Economic impetus; Result of advancements in computer hardware and software.