Discusses the events from the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing (RP&M) Conference and Exposition. Information on a report by Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates on the rapid prototyping (RP) market; Top three unit sales performers; Other news at the conference.
Describes the report `Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1998 Worldwide Progress Report' published by Wohlers Associates Inc. which reveals the continuous increase in the sales of rapid prototyping (RP) systems in the United States. Decline in the amount of money spent on RP products and services; Top three unit sales manufacturers in 1997.
EXPERIMENTAL automobiles, AUTOMOTIVE engineering, and COMPUTER simulation
Takes a look at the Romulus Predator, a supercar debuted by M&L Auto Specialists Inc. at the Autofact in November 1997 which symbolizes the potential of virtual prototyping in automotive design. Use of virtual prototyping software and hardware in the car's design and construction; Automobile design; Companies involved in the car's production; Features.
Discusses the trends in automotive prototyping in 1998. Cost of hardware testing; Information on virtual prototyping; Trend in using 3-dimensional (3D) solids; Employment of virtual reality softwares such as Oxygen SketchMap. INSETS: The cat is back;Cloning a classic.
COMPUTER-aided design and COMPUTER-aided engineering
Deals with the impact of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture/computer aided-engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) technology on reducing time to market. Details on the benefit of Lucas Diesel System for using SolidWorks software from SolidWorks Corp.; Approach of Detroit Diesel Corp. in using the CAD/CAM/CAE technology; Contract won by Oshkosh Truck Corp. in using CAD and prototyping method for designing.
Computer-Aided Engineering. Jun99, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p26. 4p. 1 Color Photograph, 3 Black and White Photographs.
COMPUTER-aided engineering, COMPUTER software, and MEDICAL equipment
Discusses the benefit of computer-aided engineering (CAE) in the field of medical device development. Computerized axial tomography (CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Use of Mimics software from Materialise Software; Application of rapid prototyping.
Focuses on the factors that have contributed to the increase in the popularity of the three dimensional printers in the United States. Includes low cost to purchase; Better operation than traditional rapid prototyping equipment; Offering of design engineers with the ability to quickly visualize their product ideas.