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).
The article reports on the new prototyping service department introduced by laser products manufacturer FSL3D. Topics discussed include the popularity of three-dimensional (3D) printing, the growth of global additive manufacturing industry, and the function of the prototyping department as the one that will take advantage of the company's 3D printing and laser cutting technologies.
COMPUTER-aided design software, ENGINEERING software, and COMPUTER simulation
The article reports that EMA Design Automation Inc., a service provider of mechanical and electrical computer-aided design (CAD) tools, will now offer Autodesk Inc.'s 2D and 3D design and engineering software for manufacturers in Rochester, New York. It states that the product lineup for manufacturers include Autodesk Vault which comprises solution for Digital Prototyping. It notes that Digital Prototyping gives manufacturers the ability to simulate a product digitally before being built.