Rapid prototyping, Mass production, Three-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, and Thermoplastic composites
The article reports that AREVO has appointed AGC Inc. as its strategic manufacturing partner in Japan. It mentions that the firm will provide MaaS for the on-demand production of ultra-strong, lightweight three-dimensional-printed composite parts for the Japanese market. It also mentions the comments of Hemant Bheda, Co-Founder and Chairman of AREVO.
Machine Design. Nov 7, 1994, Vol. 66 Issue 21, p20, 2 p. photograph
Computer Modeling and Engineering Technology Inc. -- Product information, Prototypes, Engineering -- Equipment and supplies, Computer simulation -- Equipment and supplies, and Engineering firms -- Product information
Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry has begun a four-year, $840-million project aimed at developing an affordable rapid prototyping (RP) system. Present RP systems cost between $400,000-$1 million. The leading RP system manufacturer in Japan is Computer Modeling and Engineering Technology Inc. (CMET), which has developed around 100 RP systems in Japan. Some examples of CMET's RP models are presented.
Cable manufacturing, Superconducting cables, Running training, Electric potential, and Superconducting films
Aiming to achieve a superconducting feeder cable system applicable to Japan, France, and other countries, we summarize the required specifications created for prototyping of superconducting cables. Superconducting cables manufactured based on the required specifications were subjected to voltage, current, and other tests and then verification tests using train. The abovementioned test results have given us good prospects for superconducting feeder cables that can be applied to actual lines in Japan and France. Simulation was conducted to check the effect of these superconducting cables in actual lines. Analysis results were obtained to confirm that the introduction of a 310-m superconducting cable had an effect of compensating for voltage drops. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Communications of the ACM. Sep83, Vol. 26 Issue 9, p629-630. 2p.
Artificial intelligence, Programming languages, Expert systems, Decision support systems, and Fifth generation computers
This article focuses on the Fifth Generation project of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Administration aimed to develop symbolic inference machines capable of reasoning through massive amounts of knowledge and data. The project's ten-year plan is divided into three successive stages. The first three-year stage is devoted to the development of a prototype machine, a personal PROLOG workstation that will have a knowledge base comparable to present-day expert systems but whose reasoning powers will be a million logical inferences per second. The second four-year stage is for engineering experimentation, prototyping, continuing experiments at significant applications, and the initial experiments at systems integration. The first thrust at the major problems of parallel processing will be done in those years. The final three-year phase will concentrate on advanced engineering, building the final major engineering prototypes, and further systems integration work. Thus Fifth Generation machines will understand spoken, written, and graphical input.
Advertising campaigns, Prototypes, and Miniature cities & towns
The article highlights the meter-long, trainer-shaped mini-city for the advertising campaign of Onitsuka Tiger in Japan. According to the author, executive creative director of agency StrawberryFrog Amsterdam Richard Gorodecky has stated that the shoe model has used a rapid prototyping technology and features highways filled with cars, high-rise buildings and market signs. He added that the model is attributed to the unique and authentic heritage of Onitsuka Tiger.
Manufacturing processes, Prototypes, Industrial design, and Plastics industries
This article reports that Japan's Arrk Corp. is delving deeper into North American mold making. The Osaka, Japan-based firm has purchased a 51 percent share in the parent company of toolmaker Omega Tool Corp. of Oldcastle, Ontario, for an undisclosed amount. Arrk has made a series of mold-making and molding acquisitions globally since the late 1990s. Its more than 40 operations include facilities throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Its Arrk Product Development Group in San Diego oversees rapid prototyping as well as silicone rubber mold making, model production, painting, finishing and silk screening.
CAD/CAM software, CAM software, Roland DG Corp. -- Product introduction, and Machinery industry -- Product introduction
Roland DG Corp. of Hamamatsu, Japan, has released SRP Player Pro, a surface-based CAM program for product design, including prototyping, production engineering, jig creation, and customized part and mold production. [...]
Machine Design. May 23, 2002, Vol. 74 Issue 10, p40, 1 p.
FUJIFILM Corp. -- Contracts, Stratasys Ltd. -- Contracts, CAD-CAM systems industry -- Contracts, and Photographic industry -- Contracts
An advance in fused-deposition-modeling lets rapid-prototyping machines produce layers of ABS as thin as 0.005 in. The resulting models can have features as small as 0.020 in. The development caps [...]