Rapid prototyping, Three-dimensional printing, and 3-D printers
The article reports that R.D. Abbott Co. Inc., a California-based supplier of elastomer products and technical services, uses the liquid silicone rubber 3D printing technology, developed by German RepRap GmbH and Dow Performance Silicones, to cut down prototyping process. Topics discussed include remarks from Rick Ziebell, R.D. Abbott's vice president of technology, and potential benefit of the liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) 3D printing process.
Rapid prototyping, Manufacturing processes, Business enterprises, Silicones, and Silicone rubber
German RepRap GmbH, a manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, has developed a platform for liquid silicone rubber that it claims makes it possible to 3D print heat-cured silicone parts using a high-performance LSR. The company's next-generation printer - the model L320 - was designed to use a high-performance LSR from Dow Performance Silicones, called Silastic 3D 3335. "The combination of the printer with the Dow 3D 3335 LSR is the only commercially available technology that heat cures the silicone rubber, the same curing method as used in the LSR manufacturing process.". [Extracted from the article]
Rapid prototyping, Design services, Virtual reality, Computer simulation, and Reality
The article reports on a virtual reality approach of plastics packaging tooling and design firm R&D/Leverage that allows clients to perform real-time prototyping. Topics discussed include remarks from employee Derek Scherer on their LEVR virtual reality system, information on rapid prototyping, and reason that LEVR virtual reality is being called real-time prototyping.
Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, Printing, and Three-dimensional printing
The article focuses on the development by Freudenberg Medical of the Rapid Prototype WorkCell program for doing quick-turn tooling and prototyping. Topics covered include the components of the program, the importance of rapid prototyping in the manufacturing sector and the use by Freudenberg of 3-D printing technology. Also mentioned are the insights of manager Tom Diaz on the program.
The article reports that Mack Prototype, a subsidiary of injection molder Mack Molding Inc., bought five new all-electric presses to modernize and expand its facility for rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and low-volume contract manufacturing. It mentions that four of the Milacron Roboshot presses will replace older machines and the fifth will expand capacity at the 75,000-square-foot plant for prototype services.
Rapid prototyping, Technology, Mass production, Three-dimensional printing, and Machine molding (Founding)
Amid the general euphoria about the opportunities presented by additive manufacturing, there are those who take a more level-headed view of the disruptiveness of the technology. According to Nigel Flowers, United Kingdom managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, for example, injection molding and additive manufacturing are more complementary to one another than competitors. [Extracted from the article]
The article offers information on the Rapid + TCT trade show which deals with additive manufacturing. It mentions views of Cynthia Flanigan, chief engineer of vehicle research and technologies within Ford's research and advanced engineering unit, on value equation. It informs that additive is just a new manufacturing process that doesn't have that level of maturity yet.
Rapid prototyping, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing processes, Internet of things, and Cloud computing
The article focuses on Star Rapid Ltd., a China-based company whose services include rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and small-run injection molding. Topics include the company's support for Industry 4.0, its implementation of fully integrated intelligent manufacturing, and the goal of Star Rapid to have a fully automated, fully connected factory by August 2020.
Rapid prototyping, Manufacturing processes, New product development, and Three-dimensional printing
The article reports that according to Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates Inc. which specializes in rapid product development, the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in combination with 3-D printing allows to make everything from airplane wing structures to limited-edition chairs. He discussed the technology, also known as rapid prototyping, at the Plastics News Executive Forum, held in March 2011.
Tom Mueller, co-owner of Express Pattern Inc. in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, outlined advances in rapid prototyping materials on March 22, 2004 at the Charlotte, North Carolina conference of the Structural Plastics Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. Mueller bought one of the first stereolithography machines in the late 1980s at Baxter Healthcare Corp., where he was manager of computer-aided engineering. Mueller said, product designers first have to determine how close they need to come for properties such as stiffness, flexural modulus, impact and coefficient of thermal expansion, then select the proper rapid prototyping material.
Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, Small business, Manufacturing processes, and Manufacturing industries
The article reports on the growth in demand concerning the utilization of rapid prototyping equipment in the manufacturing industry in North America. It was shown that the parts made up of three-dimensional printing which are available in smaller sizes and lower prizes makes it attractive in small business enterprises. In addition, EOS GmbH plans to introduce Formiga, a laser sintering prototype technology to the country.
Rapid prototyping, New product development, Universities & colleges, and Prototypes
According to the Wohlers Report, last year marked another milestone: China purchased 9.8 percent of all rapid prototyping machines, moving into the third spot and ahead of Germany (7.2 percent). He said 120 people work in research and development for RP at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, which is probably the largest research effort in the world. Wohlers also outlined aggressive development work in the metals sector to do so-called direct manufacturing, which uses RP to build finished products.
Rapid prototyping, Three-dimensional printing, Silicones, Compression molding, and Silicone rubber
Bont said customers seek Albright's 3D LSR printing services at all stages of the development process. One of the advantages to Albright's rapid prototype process, Bont said, is using a final, commercial-grade LSR, which allows the 3D prototype to have performance traits and thresholds that are "relatively similar" to the end product. [Extracted from the article]
The article discusses the highlights of the Global Plastics Summit 2015 which was held in Chicago, Illinois on October 29-30. Topics discussed include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Skylar Tibbits' discussion of the uses of four-dimensional (4-D) technology in various industries including health care, construction and infrastructure and plastic applications of 4-D printing in parts made for Airbus and Briggs Automotive Co.
Rapid prototyping, New product development, Mass production, Manufacturing processes, and Economic conditions in China, 2000-
The article discusses the future of specialized product development and rapid prototyping in China. According to British engineer Gordon Styles, who has launched a prototyping company in Zhongshan, China, called Star Prototype Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the 2012 economic environment in China is good for the production of prototypes and low-volume, customized products rather than mass produced ones. Comments from Styles on Star Prototype's precision manufacturing are presented.
Plastics News. 12/18/2006, Vol. 18 Issue 42, p13-14. 2p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
Rapid prototyping, Electronic industries, New product development, and Supply chains
The article presents the views of Bill Moggridge, co-founder of product development firm IDEO on the importance of rapid prototyping in the electronics industry. Moggridge thinks that the ability to develop new products could benefit the supply chain firms as it could lead to rise in product development for customers.