The article offers information on the Rapid Prototype Laboratory (RP Lab), located inside the General Motors (GM) Design building in Detroit, Michigan. The RP Lab houses a highly specialized three-dimensional (3D) rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment, which has resulted in dramatic efficiencies in GM wind tunnel testing across GM's entire car and truck lineup. It also features two fabrication processes, namely, selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereo lithography apparatus (SLA).
PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, INDUSTRIAL efficiency, COST control, PRODUCTION scheduling, and TIME to market (New products)
This article discusses the advantage of prototyping to manufacturers in the U.S. It explains the efficacy of prototyping in improving manufacturing processes, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. It suggests the adoption of prototyping to tighten production cycles. The use of prototyping to quickly and effectively validate products by speeding time to market is also noted.
The article reports on three-dimensional (3D) printer manufacturer Stratasys Ltd.'s launch of Xtend 500 Fortus Plus, a high-volume filament package for its Fortus 3D Production Systems brand. Topics discussed include product output, expected unattended run time, and streamlined 3D production from fewer material changeovers. Also mentioned are logistical savings in storage and shipping, fused deposition modeling (FDM) thermoplastic material, and the availability of a Fortus Plus system upgrade.
RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, and COPYING
The article focuses on the creation by printing solutions provider Stratasys Ltd. and Millennium Gate Museum of a 3D printed replica of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Topics covered include the use of advanced Fused Deposition Modeling in doing the project, the development of the initial structure on a wood frame and the advantage of using the Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer in massive recreations.
BUSINESS partnerships, COMPUTER-aided design, RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, and KINEMATICS
The article offers information on the global sales partnership of Additive manufacturing systems maker Optomec Inc. with CNC Software Inc., developer of CAM software Mastercam. It discusses the company's capabilities in terms of CAD modeling and importing, multiaxis toolpath generation and visualization, and kinematic analysis. It also discusses other additive applications such as rapid prototyping, precision repair and graded coatings.
MERGERS & acquisitions, RAPID prototyping, and CORPORATE growth
The article announces 3D Systems Corporation's acquisition of the business and assets of rapid prototyping and manufacturing service providers CEP and PROTOMETAL. The move was part of the firm's European expansion initiative for its 3Dproperts service. Abe Reichental, president and chief executive officer of 3D Systems, expressed pleasure over the acquisition of the two prototypers.
MERGERS & acquisitions, COMPUTER software industry, and CAD/CAM systems
The article reports on the acquisition by Autodesk Inc. of Algor Inc., a provider of analysis and simulation software, for about $34 million. The computer aided engineering software of Algor is used for product design and development in the automotive, aerospace and utilities industries. The transaction will strengthen the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping with new advanced simulation functionality. Autodesk executive Robert Kross said the company strives to offer manufacturers the most comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution on the market. Algor's software and services allow complex simulations on products ranging from mobile phones to oil pipelines.
BUSINESS partnerships, PRINTING software, and THREE-dimensional imaging
This article reports on the partnership formed by Objet Geometries Ltd., the Israeli-based leader in three-dimensional (3D) printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and Canadian software developer Javelin Technologies to distribute Objet three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions in Canada. Details are presented on the terms of the deal. Also provided are comments from Frank Marangell of Objet regarding the agreement.
NEW product development, COMPUTER software industry, COMPUTER software, and PRODUCT lines
This article announces the launching by Autodesk, a software company based in San Rafael, California, of its 2010 line of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and engineering software. The company has about 50 new product offering new features and functionality for digital prototyping, building information modeling and infrastructure modeling. It explains that Autodesk has improved sustainable design and engineering functionality across its product lines.
BUSINESS partnerships, STRATEGIC alliances (Business), and GREEN products
The article reports on a strategic partnership established by Sustainable Minds, a green product design software and information services company, with Autodesk Inc. Under the partnership, Sustainable Minds is planning to develop software and information services that interoperate with the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping. According to Robert Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions, the partnership is aimed at strengthening their company's commitment to drive awareness and adoption of sustainable design.
COMPUTER software, PRODUCTION scheduling, MACHINE tool industry, and MACHINE tools
The article reports that Richlin Machinery, a custom builder of machine tools and precision machinery based in Farmingdale, New York has successfully used Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation of Digital Prototyping, to increase the speed with which it can complete projects for its customers, according to Autodesk Inc. The reduction turnaround time brought about by the software offers Richlin Machinery a competitive advantage in the marketplace and allows the company to win more contracts and take on more business.