Rapid prototyping, Computer-aided design, Three-dimensional printing, and 3-D printers
The article discusses additive manufacturing as a tool in transforming the production business as it has the potential capability of personal manufacturing and transforming design processes. It explains additive manufacturing by illustrating the processes involved in printing. It cites reports from various sources such as the National Intelligence Council and The Economist which affirm the potential of additive manufacturing to change work patterns.
Plant Engineering. Dec 1, 2008, Vol. 62 Issue 12, 29
By Corinne Dupuy, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana Seeing is more than believing in manufacturing, particularly when you're considering new large, heavy and expensive machinery and parts. Yet, creating a [...]
The article features Frank's Casing Crew & Rental Tools in Lafayette, Louisiana. It states that the firm uses prototypes as a means of developing, costing and introducing new product lines and parts for its business. According to the company, prototypes are very helpful in demonstrating to vendors what they are looking for to reduce costly errors and ensure they get exactly what they need.
MANAGEMENT committees, THREE-dimensional printing, RAPID prototyping, and COMMERCIALIZATION
An interview with Tim Shinbara, executive committee member of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is presented. When asked about the status of additive manufacturing, he replied that consumer electronic product producers lead in the utilization of additive products followed by other industries. He said that they expect a growth in the commercialization of the technology. He also said that the product reduces lead times and inventory and more on-site production.
Plant Engineering. Oct 2003, Vol. 57 Issue 10, p43, 1 p.
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