RAPID prototyping, SUPPLIERS, PROTOTYPES, and THERMOPLASTICS
The article provides examples of how two major rapid prototype (RP) and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) suppliers are closing the production quality gap between additive fabrication technologies and conventional injection molding. ABSplus and ABS-M30 are two new thermoplastics from Stratasys for the company's fused deposition modeling (FDM) systems. South Carolina-based 3D Systems Corporation's V-Flash Desktop Modeler is small three-dimensional printer that uses film transfer imaging (FTI).
Provides information on several rapid prototyping (RP) materials introduced by companies from around the world. Description of ProtoComposites from DSM Somos; Comparison between the Somos 9100 series resins and DSM ProtoTool 20 L; Selection of RP materials offered by 3D Systems.
NEW product development, EXECUTIVES, EMPLOYEE recruitment, MOTOR vehicle industry, PROTOTYPES, INDUSTRIAL design, and PRODUCT management
The article presents an interview with J. Douglas Field, vice president of design and engineering and chief technology officer for Segway, regarding the challenges and opportunities of product development. He cites the qualities sought by the company for its development team. The executive explains the difference between the automobile and light transportation industries. Field comments on the Frog Days program being implemented at Segway which involves crazy ideas. He emphasizes the inappropriateness of virtual prototyping for the company. His recommendations on product development are presented.
PROTOTYPES, ALGORITHMS, EMBEDDED computer systems, and MOTOR vehicles
The article presents information on the added embedded systems in vehicles, which help in the improvement of performance, safety and maintenance. According to Jon Friedman of MathWorks Inc. in Natick, Massachusetts, a better approach to design such systems is to make a rapid prototype than to read pages of specifications. It is said that MathWorks' Simulink gives a rapid prototyping environment for system-level modeling and algorithm development.