RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, COST control, MANUFACTURING processes, and NEW product development
The article reports that faster prototyping machines and better materials allow companies to manufacture short-run production parts economically. From hearing aid ear inserts and sunglasses to jet fighter ductwork and medical implants, companies are using direct manufacturing to reduce costs, speed new products to market, and produce short runs without molds or dies. Improved rapid prototyping materials play a large role in this push into the manufacturing mainstream.
PROTOTYPES, NEW product development, and RAPID prototyping
The article presents information on various engineering products. The rapid prototyping system maker Stratasys Inc. of Minneapolis has released what it calls the Triplets, three variations of its FDM Vantage rapid prototyping system. Radan Computational of Bath, England, has launched Radan 04, the company's CAD and CAM software for sheet metal applications. Master Graphics Inc. provider of CAD applications, print room equipment and reprographic services, announced that president Michael Wilkes and vice president Robert Kraft have acquired the company.
Focuses on manufacturers' use of rapid prototyping (RP) and design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) technologies for product development. Approaches to DFMA analysis of product configuration; Machining and tooling; Product performance.
INDUSTRIAL design, NEW product development, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, COMPUTER-aided design, COMPUTER-aided engineering, INDUSTRIAL research, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, and COMPUTER simulation
The article presents information on the designing of innovative new products. Engineers have adopted productivity tools that promise more predictable outcomes. Computer-aided design, is one of those tools. The evolution of design documentation made advance when engineers defined their designs in the universal graphics language known as orthographic projection drawings. Engineers now create a three-dimensional simulation of the solid design instead of creating two-dimensional representations of views. Working from the design saved days in the project schedule. Engineers do prototyping to test designs.
NEW product development, PROTOTYPES, SPECIFICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY, CATALOGS, HANDLES, and RAPID tooling
The article presents information about various new products. Grip-Tek's catalog introduces a wide variety of foam grips, plastic grips, foam tubing, and vinyl caps. The company provides expertise in design engineering, prototyping, tooling, and custom color capabilities. The Portescap Motion Solutions catalog includes complete product features and benefits, specifications, and characteristics for the Danaher Motion Co.'s family of Portescap-branded technologies. These include ironless rotor motor technology, turbo disc stepper motors, miniature brushless de motor technology, spur and planetary gear-head technology.
MACHINERY industry, COMPUTER-aided design, PROTOTYPES, CHIEF executive officers, NEW product development, and POWDER metallurgy
Customers of tool-and-die maker KHP Prototyping Inc. expect the company to handle either an entire product development cycle or to manufacture components from a customer-supplied CAD model. KHP of Moenchweiler, Germany, makes prototypes for the tool-and-die industry. Klaus Heinzmann, chief executive officer at KHP said,"We only make money when a great deal of powder melts during sintering and when lots of chips fly during die making." Though it sounds simple, it's difficult to achieve on a daily basis.