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.
Rapid prototyping, Business planning, Corporate growth, and Metal castings
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, Rapid prototyping, Manufactures, and Computer software
Highlights the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 2004 Conference and Exposition in Dearborn, Michigan on May 10-13, 2004. Offer of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing opportunities; Demonstration of rapid prototyping technology; Equipment and software used in rapid prototyping.
American Machinist's Cutting Technology. May/Jun2004, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p33-33. 1/2p. 1 Color Photograph.
Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, and Automobile seats
Discusses Dearborn, Michigan-based Amerigon Inc.'s use of rapid prototypes from Quickparts.com Inc. to design and manufacture heated/cooled automotive seat components. Amerigon's evaluation of the fit clearances of housing halves and gaskets; Testing of the durability of the glass-filled nylon rapid-prototype assemblies; Improvement in overall development time.
Presents information on a rapid prototyping process developed by Solidica Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Features of the prototyping process; Details on the acquisition of a beta machine by the National Centers for Manufacturing Sciences.
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.
Rapid prototyping, Table setting & decoration, and Industrial lasers
The article reports on the collaboration of Kathy Minns, owner of iSETT with 3-Dimensional Services Group to replace charger plate with the patent-pending iSETT Table Ring for table setting in Rochester Hills, Minnesota. Minns worked with the team at 3-Dimensional to create a model using stereolithography apparatus. According to Minns, 3-Dimensional Services helped her in her goal to create a fun approach to setting a dining table with style and ease for any entertaining occasion.
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.
Special events, Conferences & conventions, Rapid prototyping, Exhibitions, and Trade shows
The article presents information related to the event "Rapid 2007 Exposition and Conference," to be held in Detroit, Michigan from May 1-3, 2007. The event will provide opportunities for attendees to evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts. The event includes three days of exhibits, more than 20 conference sessions, tours, workshops, networking receptions, end-user forums, and many other opportunities to learn more about this evolving field of rapid prototyping.
Factories, New product development, Rapid prototyping, and Polymers
The article reports that a new technology centre will be built by Frimo Group GmbH for its North American operations to offer its full production range to automakers in Wixom, Michigan. It is stated that several processes including rapid prototyping, polyurethane processing and thermoforming will be combined at the centre. It is mentioned that a state-of-the-art PUReLine polyurethane spray system will be used at the centre.
Corporations, Rapid application development (Computer software development), Prototypes, Cost effectiveness, and Software development equipment
The article focuses on the working of Michigan-based software solution company, TekCommands. Topics discussed include simplification of software development and its deployment in enterprises, the organization's specialization in engineering rapid application prototyping and enterprise application tools like Snaplette, and applying cost saving methods to help clients attain their objectives.
Production engineering, Manufacturing processes, Conferences & conventions, and Exhibitions
Discusses the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 2005 Conference and Exposition, at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan. Tours of the Daimler Chrysler Technology Center and the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center; Check-in and registration time; Workshops and examination.
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.
Business planning, Plant shutdowns, and Business relocation
The article reports that Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. is considering the plans to close its service parts and prototyping facility in Tawas City, Michigan, by 2007. The company is consolidating its fluid handling division operations in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The move will enable the company to improve its utilization level.
Prototypes, Automobile industry, Automobile parts, and Automobile factories
Discusses the hydroforming process in automobile parts. Advantages of hydroforming; Reason behind the decision of Schuler Hydroforming Inc. to build a hydroforming prototyping center in Canton, Michigan according to Tim Werding, president and CEO of Schuler; Problems in the hydroforming process.
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.
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.
Business planning, Corporate growth, and Automobile industry
The article reports on the plan of a North American unit of Sweden's Trelleborg Automotive company to build a 48,500-square-foot technology center in Northville, Michigan. It cites that the company aims to expand and consolidate its testing and commercial operations in the country. Moreover, it is noted that the facility would offer component and chassis testing, product development, durability testing, and quick prototyping.