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.
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.
BUSINESS success, RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, and MANUFACTURING processes
The article reports on the success of Modena, Italy-based CRP Technology in using rapid prototyping (RP) to develop its ideas. According to chairman and technical director Franco Cevolini, RP is a cost effective way to realize new design concept. CRP adapted its RP expertise to the production of lost wax investment castings.
The article reports on the use of fused deposition modeling (FDM) rapid prototyping systems from Stratasys by Ducati Motor Holding to build concept models and functional prototypes from Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polycarbonate and polyphenylsulfone. Ducati cut 20 months from the development process of the engine designed for its Desmosedici race bike by bringing FDM in-house. The design team built prototype engine composed entirely of polycarbonate components.
TECHNOLOGY, RAPID prototyping, WELDING, INDUSTRIAL lasers, and CUTTING equipment
The article discusses the developments in industrial laser technology. The widespread use of lasers for industrial purposes started in the early 1990s. Industrial laser technology has been used in manufacturing for cutting, profiling, marking, welding, rapid prototyping and measuring processes. Some examples of this technology include the TruFiber series from Trumpf, ES-CUT150 profiling machine from ES Technology and the BySprint Fiber laser from Bystronic.
The article presents views of Jason Jones, co-founder of the Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (HMT), on the additive and subtractive processes used in the manufacturing processes. Topics discussed includes use of both processes in developing three dimensional printers, rapid prototyping, a research project funded by the Innovate UK and development of automation technologies.
RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, THREE-dimensional printing, and COMPUTER-aided design software
The article discusses how the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software could bring some of the promises made for three-dimensional (3D) printing to fruition. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in the U.S. in 2015, Autodesk chief executive Carl Bass said that the hype for 3D printing is at its peak. CAD software can find difficulty in managing 3D-printed parts that have complex shapes and organic structures.
BUSINESS partnerships, RAPID prototyping, MEASUREMENT, and EQUIPMENT & supplies
The article offers information on the partnership between Faro and McLaren Group Ltd. It states that Faro is the official supplier of measuring systems to McLaren Group. It mentions that Faro's equipment enables the products of McLaren Group to maintain its quality focus, reduce wastage, expedite the prototyping process.
MACHINE tool industry, BUSINESS partnerships, RAPID prototyping, and BICYCLE & bicycle parts manufacturing
The article offers information on the partnership between the company Empire Cycles and Merlin Engineering (Bolton) Ltd. for providing rapid prototyping and machining capacity. It is mentioned that for the design element and final assembly of the AP-1 downhill and the MX-6 cross-country bikes and for the main frame elements of the headstock, backbone and swingarm the led to the need for an expert machinist. It also mentioned that regarding metalcutting advice was taken from WNT (UK) Ltd.
The article discusses a knowledge-sharing agreement between Lontra and Shield Group Engineering to refine prototyping and manufacturing techniques of Lontra's Blade Compressor technology focussing on the manufacture of an industrial compressor based on Lontra's designs.
EXPANSION (Business), STRATEGIC planning, MOTORCYCLE helmets, and CARBON fibers
The article offers information on Portuguese manufacturer Nexx, which was the first in the nation to produce motorcycle helmets made from carbon fibre. Topics discussed include relocation of the firm to a new facility due to its early success, business growth and strategic planning of the firm by investing in the product development department with buying of an additive rapid prototyping (RP) machine to manufacture prototypes and installation of Haas machine at the firm.
ENGINEERING awards, UNIVERSITY of Sheffield. Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and ELECTRIC propulsion of space vehicles
The article reports that the UK Space Agency's UK Space Propulsion Innovation Award was won by a pyrotechnic-free design for space valves from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's Design and Prototyping Group, pioneered by Sam Hyde and Valdis Krumins.
COMPUTER software, NUMERICAL control of machine tools, REVERSE engineering, METROLOGY, and MACHINE tools -- Automatic control
The article presents information on rapid prototyping firm Nikon Metrology Inc., that has shofted to reverse-engineering after adopting computerized numerical control (CNC) measurement and digital scanning equipment. Software from Nikon Metrology provides the measurement and analysis for both laser and tactile scanning applications, and the scanner is used as a metrology tool.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, AUTOMOBILE industry, NEW product development, MANUFACTURING processes, and THREE-dimensional printing
The article offers information on the technological innovation in the additive manufacturing in Great Britain. It states that the additive manufacturing has a huge significance in the automobile industry. It mentions that the manufacturing affects various aspects including prototyping and product development, through to casting and series production.
ACADEMIC spin-outs, SUBCONTRACTORS, and EXPANSION (Business)
The article presents information on AMRC Manufacturing Ltd. (AML), founded in 2008 by Dr. Gareth Morgan as a spin-off company from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). It is primarily a subcontract manufacturer of complex metallic parts and sub-assemblies, and its business consists of three strands, production, prototyping and consultancy. The company employs 11 full time staff with 20 associates, and planning to expand its facility in December 2013.
PROTOTYPES, NEW product development, and CONTAINERS
The article focuses on creation of an innovative drinks container CrazyCan by product designers in Germany with help from rapid prototyping specialist Proto Labs Inc. The container can be opened and closed with just one hand in contrast to the present beverage cans in usage which use both hands. Two services are provided by Proto Labs including supplying of prototypes and supplying of injection-moulded plastic parts.