RAPID prototyping, ELECTRIC industries, ELECTRIC equipment, and MICROSOFT operating systems
Reports on the impact of the use of rapid prototyping to the creation of innovative products for the appliance industry. Factors that arise the need for rapid prototyping; Presentation of the principle of rapid prototyping; Microsoft Windows-based software used in the rapid prototyping process; Adaptability of the test setting to any possible environment and technical specification; Advantages brought by rapid prototyping to manufacturers.
Examines the attributes of the popular rapid prototyping systems. Ability of the systems to handle a mobile phone, a fan and a track ball; Performance of the device based on time, quality and cost; Design phase indexes.
Discusses the methods of rapid prototyping (RP). Reliance on CAD data; Comparison of accuracy of conventional techniques and RP methods; Most challenging part of the KitchenAir project. Robert Bosch Power Tool Corp.'s use of SLS; Key to rapid prototyping a muffler-assembly design used in Xerox copiers. INSETS: Selective laser sintering (SLS).;Fused deposition modeling (FDM).;Laminated object manufacturing (LOM).;Time is money.
Provides information on several projects which use rapid prototyping processes. Information on the system used by Access to model a coffee carafe for its products; Details of an agreement signed by Stratasys with Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. that involves a rapid prototyping process; Assignment given to Orion, Boston. INSET: Innovations.