ANTHROPOLOGY methodology, HUMAN skeleton, and TOMOGRAPHY
Reports on the development of a human bone prototyping process for anthropology. Companies that are collaborating with anthropologists from the University of Texas in Austin on the project; Use of a three-dimensional laser digitizer and a computed tomography scanner; Advantages of the method.
Reports on DTM Corp.'s joint research program with Loral Vought Systems Corp., Austin, Texas-based University of Texas, and Bayside Materials Technology to develop and demonstrate an advanced processing technology involving rapid prototyping and hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Description of the program; Features of the proposed technology.
Focuses on the manufacturing of prototyping Vanguard machines by DTM Corp. in Austin, Texas. Use of selective laser sintering process; Improvement of proprietary scanning systems; Enhancement of production quality parts.
The article discusses the production by Ali K. Kamrani, associate professor of industrial engineering at the University of Houston in Texas, of prototypes for three skulls of members of the Ninth Cavalry of the U.S. Army. It notes that facial reconstruction was made by Kamrani through three-dimensional (3-D) powder printing. It mentions that a white, chalky powder was transformed into a replica of the skulls through a rapid prototyping machine which uses thin, horizontal cross-sections.
COMPUTER software, RESEARCH institutes, AUTOMOBILE engine software, and DESIGN
Provides information on the Rapid Prototyping Engine Control System, a software-designed tool developed by engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas for custom development and modification of engine control systems. Features and functional aspects of the engine design tool; Remarks from Ken Shouse, senior research engineer and project manager at SwRI.
CORPORATE growth, MANUFACTURING processes, and PROTOTYPES
The article reports that Reed Prototype + Model Inc. recently completed a $400,000 expansion by adding a 7,300-square-foot facility to nearly double its manufacturing area. The Austin, Texas-based firm is boosting its prototyping and appearance model capabilities. It serves industries including telecommunications, computers, consumer products and medical. President Philip Reed said that the company has added eight new Fadal machining centers, boosting its total to 24 and a six-color pad printer.