Rapid prototyping, Manufacturing processes, Molding (Founding), Wheels, and Mountain bikes
The article discusses the increasing trend of rapid manufacturing than prototyping. It relates on the in demand rapid service of applications of the injection-moulding specialist Protomold Co. Inc. It says that Protomold subsidiary Proto Labs Inc. has provided service to Airline Components International (ACI) in making prototype injection-moulded parts without compromising the performance. Moreover, Protomold offers a rapid injection-moulding technique for the wheel rim of off-road board.
The article discusses British-led advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing that could lead to techniques able to quickly produce entire electronic devices. Topics covered include the role of additive techniques in complementing manufacturing processes, progress in multifunctional 3D printing or 4D printing, Nottingham University researchers' focus on technology with less immediate commercial relevance, and the advantages of advanced jetting technologies.
Rapid prototyping, Technological innovations, Three-dimensional printing, Self-folding structures & materials, and Creative ability in technology
The article discusses the importance of continued collaboration to drive greater success in additive manufacturing (AM). The effort of many organisations working together to research and develop new materials, and to enhance the performance of others, is mentioned. Collaborating for medical advancement is also emphasized.
Rapid prototyping, Three-dimensional printing, and Equipment & supplies
The article focuses on the growing popularity of three-dimensional (3D)-printing technology for rapid prototyping tasks. Topics discussed include the partnership of McLaren Racing with 3D printing company Stratasys, the forecast by market analyst Research and Markets on the expected increase of 3D-printing by 2021, and the advancements in rapid prototyping technology. It also discusses the efforts to enable the technology to develop prototype that can function similarly to the final product.
The article presents a company profile for computer manufacturing firm 3D Systems Inc. Topics mention including advanced prototyping and manufacturing solutions, connecting the engineers, designers and manufacturers in delivering the services and using of traditional and additive manufacturing technologies.
Rapid prototyping, Product management, Product design, and Prototypes
The article reports on the move of product designer Jonathan Ive to blame the rise of rapid prototyping for distancing designers from the physical design process. Ive expresses nostalgia for the days before rapid prototyping and attributes the awful arbitrariness of form to technological advances on electronic products. He asserts that pressing print is a hindrance to designers being close to the materials, as well as the object.
Rapid prototyping, Manufacturing processes, Three-dimensional printing, Motorsports, and Direct metal laser sintering
The article presents the author's views on the increasing use of additive manufacturing (AM) in automobile industry. Various sectors in which AM is used includes resin-based rapid prototyping, motorsports applications, direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and development of the Optimized Gas Management System.
Rapid prototyping, Engineering design, Aircraft prototype engineering, Three-dimensional printing, Drone aircraft, and Vehicle design & construction
The article reports discusses a research project that examined the three-dimensional (3D) printing of complex designs without the use of removable support structures. Topics discussed include the designing and building of a 1.5-meter-wide 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), successful glider test flights of the prototype and the use of 3D-printing to rapidly prototype versions of products.
The article reports that researchers have developed and successfully tested a method for 4D printing. Associate professor H. Jerry Qi from the University of Colorado and Martin L. Dum from Singapore University of Technology and Design incorporated shape memory polymer fibers into the composite materials utilized in traditional 3D printing, which leads to the production of an object fixed in one shape that can later be changed to take on a new shape.
Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, Molding (Founding), and Vacuum
The article presents information on a new way of rapidly producing prototype moulds for vacuum-forming processes, invented by Brunel University student Patrick Bion. A grid of adjustable pins is used by the prototype technology, to create different shapes that function as moulds for plastic vacuum forming, in a much quicker way than the now-conventional method of rapid prototyping.
Rapid prototyping, Manufacturing processes, Technological innovations, Engineering, and Three-dimensional printing
The author explores his views on the implications of additive layer manufacturing or 3D printing. The technique's ability to use different materials from conventional manufacturing processes, and assemble them layer by layer into an intricate design derived digitally is highlighted. The technology is expected to change the way the engineers make things and change the things they make.
Rapid prototyping, Universities & colleges, Three-dimensional printing, Electronics, and Electronic systems
The article reports that a new research project is intended to highlight the industry potential of 3D printing and to outline the research needed to make it happen. Researchers from Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle and Loughborough universities will take part, with the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems in Germany and a number of private firms.
Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, New product development, Computer-aided design, Graphic arts, and Designers
The article discusses the use of Rapid Prototyping Technique (RPT) by visual artists. RPT is a new dimension for graphic designers. According to the author, RPT was developed to allow architects and industrial designers to make models from 3-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) files. The machine reads in data from a CAD drawing and lays down successive, millimetre-thick layers of liquid or powder, plastic or nylon, gradually building up a model from a long series of cross sections. These layers are fused to create the form described in the CAD drawing.
The author comments on the effectiveness of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology, also referred as three-dimensional (3D) printing. This technology is said to be routinely used by industry to produce several complex, impossible-to-machine metal components. It allows manufacturers to develop customized products in very small numbers, down to a single unit. However, AM is not without limitations.
Rapid prototyping, Technological innovations, and Three-dimensional printing
The author presents an introduction to this issue of the journal that focuses on the additive machines that are routinely used by industry to produce several complex, impossible-to-machine metal components and 3D weaving, an area of technology that is becoming widely used.
Rapid prototyping, Industrial efficiency, and University of Sheffield. Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
The article reports on the launch of the COPERNICO (Cooperation Environment for Rapid Design, Prototyping and New Integration Concepts) project in Great Britain. Funded by the European Commission, the project aims at developing techniques to help factories maximize their efficiency. Participants in the project include the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Delcam, Rolls Royce and the University of Nottingham in England.
The article provides information from designers of different disciplines about how they incorporate rapid prototyping (RP) into their design processes. PI Group considers a technology for fast prototyping and quick tooling in order to develop structural package designs in combination with RP. Barber Ogerby Associates (BOA) mentions they only use RP for its speed but not to replace the traditional prototyping methods. Gordon Murray Design has utilized RP for it skips lengthy processes.