SHIPBUILDING industry, RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, POLYSTYRENE, and NAVAL architecture
The article focuses on the areas in shipbuilding industry which are in transitional state. It mentions the move of several companies to switch in rapid prototyping in order to design their master models for casting. It notes the shift in the manufacturing process which depicts the use of resin models. It cites the change in design of the master model as polystyrene and metal were the media choice among master maker.
The article focuses on 3-Dimensional Services Group, a company that designs, engineers, and build functional prototype parts and low- to medium-volume production parts. It says that the company is aimed to make traditional energy-intensive lighting technologies obsolete using a line of light emitting diode (LED) architectural lighting products. It mentions that the company is consists of 3-Dimensional Services, Urgent Plastic Services, and Urgent Design and Manufacturing.
MANUFACTURING processes, RAPID prototyping, SINTERING, SINTER (Metallurgy), and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article discusses the use of laser sintering technique in rapid prototyping of products. It highlights the reasons for adopting laser sintering in product development which include the need to customize products and the production of high volume. Details of using laser sintering technologies by some companies are also provided.
RAPID prototyping, MALIBU automobile, LASER sintering, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY, and INTERIOR decoration
The article discusses update of the Chevrolet Malibu automobile's interior and exterior design for 2014. It reports on selective laser sintering and stereolithography processes to enhance the Malibu's development and evaluation. It also discusses the rapid prototyping to create prototype of Malibu's redesigned front fascia, update the center stack and evaluate various surface treatment for center track.
RAPID prototyping, AUTOMOBILE axles, and AUTOMOBILE oil filters
The article offers information on the transfer case oil flow testing system for axle design for cars and light trucks from 3-Dimensional Services Group. It discusses the test conducted by the company, wherein it created a master pattern with the use of laser based stereolithography (SLA). The plastic transfer case prototype allows customers to clearly view flow of oil within the prototype. Statements from senior sales engineer Scott Duffie on the analysis of the prototype are included.
RAPID prototyping, TABLE setting & decoration, and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article reports on the collaboration of Kathy Minns, owner of iSETT with 3-Dimensional Services Group to replace charger plate with the patent-pending iSETT Table Ring for table setting in Rochester Hills, Minnesota. Minns worked with the team at 3-Dimensional to create a model using stereolithography apparatus. According to Minns, 3-Dimensional Services helped her in her goal to create a fun approach to setting a dining table with style and ease for any entertaining occasion.
The article discusses the use of 3D System Corp.'s DuraForm Flex Plastic for prototyping of Reebok's products. Reebok uses DuraForm to create complex and functional prototypes of footwear, sandals, and athletic equipment. According to Paul Bates, director of advanced process engineering for Reebok International, this thermoplastic elastomer material is a flexible and stable material that makes them confident to produce good quality products.
CONFERENCES & conventions, RAPID prototyping, and LASERS
The 1st International Conference on Laser technologies in Welding and Material Processing was held in May, 2002 in Katsively on the Crimea Peninsula in Ukraine. Organized by the Paton Welding Institute and Institute of the National Technical University of Ukraine, this conference drew 120 participants from 16 countries, a remarkable accomplishment given that conditions in Iraq and the SARS virus caused authors and participants from several countries to cancel travel plans. Laser topics covered included welding, surfacing, heat treatment, rapid prototyping, modeling and other advanced processes for laser machining of materials.
The article reports on the significance of laser cutting called the digital die cutting for cutting textile webs. It notes that a rapid prototyping niche for those who use them is provided by laser cutting systems because it can reliably handle thin substrates. It also mentions that digital die cutting is advantageous compared to tool-based die cutting systems due to its conservation of costs and prevention of production delays for tool manufacturing.
MANUFACTURES, INDUSTRIAL engineering, RAPID prototyping, and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article presents statistics related to the performance of various manufacturers in the sector of laser technology. Some of the manufacturers mentioned are--Access Laser Company, Ace Laser Tek Inc., Automation Systems Inc., Aerotech Inc., Alabama Laser, Alase Technologies Inc. The various types of laser systems they have performed in are--ablation, alignment, circuit adjustments, engraving, heat treatment, microelectronics processing, micro machining, rapid prototyping, scribing and others.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, RAPID prototyping, UNIVERSITIES & colleges, MODEL houses (Miniatures), and MINIATURE objects
The article provides information on the selective laser sintering (SLS) model of a home for a family featured on American Broadcasting Co.'s (ABC) show entitled "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The model, created by the University of Louisville's Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) in Kentucky and Harvest Technologies Corp. were built with 3D Systems Corp.'s technology. The prototype model made Patrick Henry Hughes, the family's eldest son who is blind and disabled, to characterize their new home.
ORTHOPEDIC apparatus industry, RAPID prototyping, BUSINESS success, ORTHOPEDICS, and MEDICAL innovations
The article focuses on DePuy Spine, a company that designs and manufactures orthopedic products. Among the products it has developed include rod, screw, and spine-stabilization systems. The company's innovative products are used by orthopedic and spinal surgeons in surgical and nonsurgical therapies. Information related to its rapid prototyping operation and business success in discussed. INSET: BUILDING METAL MODELS.
COST effectiveness, MANUFACTURING processes, RAPID prototyping, CUTTING machines, TOOL-steel, and METAL products
The article presents information on the use of high-speed steel (HSS) powders for the production of high-quality cutting tools. Powder metal processing requires the powder to be formed by gas atomization, which allows the power particle to cool rapidly, forming a very small grain size, a common characteristic of powdered metal materials. HSS powders allows fro the formation of more carbide forming elements. However, its cost factor has severely limited its acceptance for standard cutting tool production despite its significant attributes. In the manufacturing sector laser deposition processes are gaining widespread acceptance for repair, refurbishment, and rapid prototyping.
MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION engineering, INDUSTRIAL lasers, ALUMINUM forming, and LASERS in metallurgy
The article describes the use of laser forming as a method for automated correction of distortion in manufactured non-ferrous components such as aluminum and its alloys. Laser forming has been shown to be ideal for two-dimensional and three-dimensional shaping of metallic and non-metallic components for applications such as rapid prototyping and precise alignment of micro-components. It uses a loosely focused laser beam to induce thermal stress into the surface of a work piece.
ASSEMBLY line methods, ENGINEERING, and BAKERY equipment
The article offers information on the 3-Dimensional Services Group, a rapid prototyping firm that specializes in the design, engineering and analysis of in-house tools. It mentions that the company recently helped Freed, a division of Maplehurst Bakeries LLC, to deal with the problem in its automated production line.
MANUFACTURING processes, LASER beams, INDUSTRIAL lasers, MICROMACHINING, and LASER ablation
The article reports on the use of laser beam for producing electrical patterns. It states that laser micromachining and laser ablation offers a high flexibility of use and well-suited for fast prototyping. The result of combining the technologies of precision grinding of ceramics and laser ablation of metallized thin-film layers is discussed.
COMPUTER software, PRODUCTION engineering, CAPITAL investments, and METAL industry
The article discusses the benefits reaped by Engineered Metal Products, a sheet metal fabrication and prototyping services firm, from its purchase of the JETCAM Expert software from JETCAM International in the U.S. The software allowed the firm to improve the nesting efficiency of its computer-aided manufacturing operations by as much as 20%.
GENERAL Motors automobiles, AUTOMOBILE lighting, INDUSTRIAL lasers, and AUTOMOTIVE engineering
The article reports that General Motors Cadillac has called on North American Lighting (NAL) to design the rear tail lamp assemblies of its 2007 Escalade. NAL has turned to UPS for assistance in preparing the prototypes using a laser-powered stereolithography system. After the computer designs were approved, they are relayed to the stereolithographic equipment to produce a three-dimensional model. The whole process of designing and prototyping just took two weeks to be completed, which will make the production of the rear tail light assembly in time for the debut of the Escalade at the 2006 Super Bowl.
MICROELECTRONICS, LASERS, DRILLING & boring, MILLING machinery, ELECTRIC circuits, and LASER beams
The article reports that ProtoLaser 100 from LPKF Laser & Electronics is an easy-to-operate, high-performance laser structuring system for printed circuit board prototyping. It combines the milling, drilling, and contour routing capabilities of an advanced LFPK ProtoMat PCB plotter. The system is used to produce high-quality RF and microwave boards on a variety of materials from FR4 to PTFE-based substrates, as well as for structuring, cutting, and drilling. The laser beam technology isolates the circuits from the copper layer and removes noncontacting copper between them. The 25-micron laser beam delivers sharp artwork definition, especially in corners. Plotter milling tools are changed automatically so the system can operate unattended.