The article focuses on the expansion of rapid prototyping (RP) technology or the Additive Manufacturing (AM) in electronic industry. Topics discussed include the growth of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies, expansion of original applications such as electronic circuits and software networks, and the use of three-dimensional (3D) printers in printable object.
RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, ELECTRON beam furnaces, METAL castings, MACHINE parts, and EQUIPMENT & supplies
The article focuses on several commercialized process of metal 3D printing technology. It states the powder bed fusion through laser melting which is suitable for applications that involved functional prototyping and highly complex end-use parts. It cites the electron beam melting (EBM) which is best for complex parts that do not require tight tolerances. It mentions the infiltrated binder jetting which is recommended for non-precious jewelry and next-generation castings.
RAPID prototyping, BUSINESS enterprises, PRODUCTION (Economic theory), THREE-dimensional printing, and PRINTED circuit design
The article discusses the benefits of using 3D printing technology for rapid printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping. It states that the technology helps improve the results of the design and pre-production process to make accurate decisions for the proof-of-concept, design validation, and hardware development. It mentions that it allows companies to bring rapid prototyping in-house to speed design.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, ELECTRONICS, ELECTRICAL engineering, and PHYSICAL sciences
The article discusses the four stages of designing a standard enclosure. It discusses the stage one which is a two to three months of concept modeling and the most creative part which involves pre-prototyping. It also discusses the stage two which includes identity, longevity and versatility of design. In the stage four which is the final stage, the balance between distinctive and discrete design remains constant.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, INDUSTRIAL design, SINTERING, and LASERS
The article focuses on the technologies and processes used in the rapid prototyping (RP) system and offers steps involved in selecting the right RP. It discusses the scanning laser autotype (SLA) systems and the Selective Laser Sintering process which are part of the RP systems. It is stated that while choosing the right RP system, it is important to select a reputable service provider which offers a breadth of RP solutions.
Recommends the use of switched-PCI architectures to increase performance and scalability while maintaining compatibility with existing PCI hardware and software. Features of switched-PCI architecture; Means for prototyping switched-PCI.
COMPUTER input-output equipment and COMPUTER simulation
Comments on techniques in combining hardware and computer simulation testing with virtual prototyping approaches. Factors to consider in verifying hardware; Comparison of simulations; Determination of PG stimulus generation.
The article reports on microcontroller evolution in terms of circuit design and programming. Topics discussed include use of microcontroller as metaobject, addition of flash memory to microcontroller, and development of authenticatable components verifiable by semiconductor manufacturers. It was also noted that flash memory will simplify the task ranging from rapid prototyping to in-field product updates, but is said to increase security risks.
This article presents an insightful analysis on the growing popularity of in-house PCB prototyping in electronic design process. Also, it describes the various production methods used by engineers for fabricating prototype boards and test circuits in-house, depending on the type of circuit and its application. Furthermore, the article describes the recent advances in PCB prototyping and milling system technology that continues to be a primary factor contributing to the growth of this technology. The milling precision, reliability and operating convenience delivered by today's state-of-the-art PCB plotters offer engineers a rich set of prototyping tools.
ENGINEERING design, INDUSTRIAL design, RAPID prototyping, NEW product development, and GLOBAL Positioning System
Reports on the use of three-dimensional modeling and tooling technologies by design engineers to reduce the time needed to design their products. Manufacturers' use of rapid prototyping to create physical parts to test aspects of initial design; Polaris Golf Systems' use of rapid injection molding to create a custom housing unit for ProTrac, a global positioning system that enables golfers to accurately determine their distance to any prominent landmark on the golf course.
The article discusses the features of the flying probe test platform being a potential solution for the need of a test strategy that would quickly see a design progress through prototype and into full production. Flying probe test systems are now the platform of choice for prototype testing because of their fixtureless design that eliminates the expense and time lag of in-circuit test (ICT) fixture changes. Another important attribute is the flexibility that it gives to the test engineer.
TEST systems, TEST methods, METHODS engineering, PROBES (Electronic instruments), and TESTING equipment
The article discusses the use of flying probe test systems. It focuses on the advantages and features of this test system as well as note the developments of its improvement. Flying probe test sytems' inherent flexibility has been enhanced and its test speed which is combined with a more complex combination of test methods.
Focuses on the EasyFLASH-68HC11 engineering prototype development and debugging kit from Waterscale Integration. Components comprising the kit; Daughterboard of the product populated with 100% in-system programmable PSD813F1.
COMPUTER engineering equipment and INTEL 8051 (Microcontroller)
Features Waferscale Integration Inc.'s development kit for designers of Intel 8051 MCU-based systems with external memory and logic provided by WSI's EasyFlash integrated circuits. Components; Key specifications; Functions.
RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGY, RADIO frequency, and GRAPHICAL user interfaces
The article offers the insights of people in the technology industry regarding the impact of rapid prototyping on their job or in the industry. The individuals who offered their views include How-Siang Yap of Agilent Technologies Inc., Robert Charles of Farm Design, and Cliff Ortmeyer of Newark element14. Topics include the role of rapid prototyping in traditional radio frequency (RF) process, engineers' development schedules, and the development of graphical user interface (GUI).
PRODUCT design, PRODUCT improvement, INNOVATION management, and RAPID prototyping
The article focuses on concept design methods for developing more profitable and competitive products. According to study conducted by Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC), most respondents viewed that concept design is the root of innovation. It mentions that tight schedule is one of the reasons why most companies do not seek at more design ideas for a product. It adds that digitizing concept design offers several benefits to manufacturers which include sharing, building on ideas, and prototyping.
COMMERCIAL product evaluation and ELECTRONIC apparatus & appliances
The article evaluates several products including Matchport b/g Pro 802.11 b/g secure embedded networking module from Lantronix Inc., 2.5-inch, 256-GB multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD) with SATA II interface from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and the Elvis II design and prototyping platform from National Instruments Corp.
The article discusses issues concerning prototyping and software simulation. To effectively design an embedded control system and accurately predict its performance, it is suggested that software designers need to understand the behavior of the entire system in which the control system will stay. It is stated that companies could achieve development time and cost reductions with the help of automatic production code generation.