Rapid prototyping, FINANCE, Microfabrication, and Technological innovations
The article informs that Andrea Bubendorfer and Andrew Best have coinvented a way of microfabricating small things with Laminated Resin Printing. Topics discussed include launch of the patent pending technology in the U.S. as part of Callaghan Innovation's MicroMaker3D team; enabling rapid prototyping of high-resolution microscale structures; and receiving KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme funding.
The article discusses the use of stereolithography rapid prototyping process by Plastic Design Technologies in Silverdale, New Zealand. This process is used to produce precision and functional parts, display models, master patterns, polyurethane part production for small run quantities and end use production parts for direct manufacturing. According to company owner Brien O'Brien, this technology is a flexible business tool that can turn a company's idea into a physical model or master pattern.
An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses various reports within the issue on topics including three-dimensional printing technology, engineering faculty at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and two-seater car manufactured through 3D printing.
Prototypes, Robotics, Risk management in business, Engineering design, Digital technology, and Social media
This article offers tips to prototyping robotic systems. Prototyping is one method that helps developers to mitigate the risk associated with complex designs. Design ideas can be shared faster and cheaper through digital technologies, like social media sites. It suggests developers to incorporate input/output in one's prototype.
Rapid prototyping, Consumer goods, Manufacturing processes, Three-dimensional printing, and Silicones
The article discusses three-dimensional (3D) printing of silicone which reduces time and costs in prototyping, highlighting German chemicals company Wacker Chemie AG's 3D silicone printing. It states that 3D printing of silicone is crucial for rapid prototyping of consumer products which is a rapidly growing sector. Also discussed are the benefits of 3D printed silicone and the history of 3D printing.
Computer-aided design, Prototypes, Ink-jet printers, and Founding
The article offers a look at the cost saving benefits of Contex 3D inkjet printer to 3D Print. The three dimensional (3D) printer produces accurate physical models using computer-aided design (CAD) data. 3D Print uses the Contex 3D in making patterns for foundry castings. According to the company, the 3D printer saves time and money. Executives at the company claim that 3D prototyping and modeling technology provide great opportunities to the company.
The article reports technological developments in the operation of the modern workshop at University of Auckland's engineering department in New Zealand as of 2014, particularly the purchase of a Pro Jet HD350 three-dimensional (3D) printer from 3D Systems. The workshop is managed by technical services manager Steve Warrington, with the assistance of 21C senior technician Trevor Waldmeyer. The other new equipment at the site include a Fanuc RoboDrill.
Contracting out, Rapid prototyping, Turnaround time, Three-dimensional printing, and 3-D printers
This article focuses on the advantages of in-house three-dimensional (3D) printing over outsourcing 3D printing services for businesses. It discusses the reason of businesses in outsourcing 3D printing services, a comparison of the cost of outsourcing 3D printing services with in-house 3D printing, and turnaround time with outsourcing.
The article presents an explanation by U.S.-trained materials engineer Mark Hildesley on emergency composites technique that is perfect for prototyping. To achieve best results, the technique takes into consideration shrinkage, temperature, toughness, surface finish, and mould release. The "quick fix" works well on urgent, specific problems and is not considered a standard method in making a composite part.
The article reviews the latest versions of Autodesk's mechanical engineering and design software for manufacturing including the Autodesk Inventor software, the AutoCAD Mechanical software, and the Autodesk Productstream software.
Rapid prototyping, International Manufacturing Technology Show (Chicago, Illinios), and Three-dimensional printing
The article presents the highlights of the International Manufacturing Technology Show that was held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois in September 2014. It features the Strati car model, which was produced at the show via direct digital manufacturing (DDM) three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. The comments by such experts as Local Motors' John B. Rogers, Jr. and Andrew Jamison of Cincinnati Inc. on the technology are also cited.
Meetings, Manufacturing processes, Printing machinery & supplies, and Three-dimensional printing
The article presents information on the views offered by professor Gideon Levy on the revolution created by 3D printing in the manufacturing world at a symposium in The University of Auckland in August 2013. According to Levy, if a business is not using 3D printing for rapid prototyping in manufacturing then it will be a mistake.
Wind power, Electric power production, Wind power plants, Wind turbines, and Tararua Range (N.Z.)
The article focuses the potential for wind energy to make up for electricity shortfall in New Zealand. Wind energy is predicted to contribute around 1,500 MW or 47% of new generation capacity. The Te Rere Hau Wind Farm owned by NZ Windfarms Ltd. in Tararuara Range have 97 Windflow 0.5 MW turbines designed for the harsh wind conditions of the country. It discusses the use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for turbine prototyping and testing by Windflow Technology Ltd. (WTL).
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Industrial design, Computer software, Prototypes, Industrial equipment industry, Field programmable gate arrays, and Computer simulation
The article reports on the launch of the 20th anniversary edition of LabVIEW graphical system design platform for control, test and embedded system development by National Instruments. LabVIEW 8.20 allows engineers to use streamlined field programmable gate array targeting tools for hardware-based machine monitoring. The firm has improved the execution speeds of the LabVIEW Simulation Module for advanced control algorithms. It streamlines the prototyping and deployment of control systems in industrial computers.