RAPID prototyping, AEROSPACE industries, PRODUCT design, SINTERING, LASER beam cutting, and METAL powders
In this article, the author reports on the rapid prototype (RP) plastic parts that are made up of laser sintered materials and can be used directly in the aerospace application. He states that the direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology utilizes the melted solid parts and metal powder by fusing them with the help of focused laser beam. He further states that the advantage of the direct manufacturing through the RP is the freedom in the design of the part and reduction of weight.
PROTOTYPES, PRODUCT design, MANUFACTURING processes, COST effectiveness, and INDUSTRIAL design
The article focuses on the emergence of prototyping in product design process. It discusses that businesses are recognizing the method's cost saving aspects, which allow them to discover design errors or simple changes that they want to make early in the process. It also used as a concept verification that show people what they were working on and get feedback early and often as the project progresses.
The article provides information on the developments surrounding 3-D printers. It has been noted that the printers operate similarly to an ink jet printer. The simplicity of its core functionality is one of the reasons behind the usage growth. Furthermore, 3-D printers are comparatively inexpensive when held up to other types of additive approaches. INSET: In Depth Prototyping.
CABINETMAKERS, RAPID prototyping, PRODUCT design, and WAGONS
The article discusses the enhancement of the Liberty Coaster wagon designed by Italian cabinetmaker and immigrant Antonio Pasin in 1917. In 1927, Pasin launched the Radio Flyer, a steel wagon which featured a stamping production and assembly line. The current Radio Flyer is enhanced with rapid prototyping technology and computerized models.
PRODUCT design, SUSTAINABLE design, HOUSEHOLD electronics & the environment, HOUSEHOLD electronics industry & the environment, and MANUFACTURING industries & the environment
The article discusses strategies that consumer electronics companies, engineers and designers can use in sustainable manufacturing and design practices . Topics covered include incorporating sustainability as a key driver for engineering and design teams, design tips for manufacturing and assembly, and implementing life-cycle assessment (LCA) or cradle-to-grave analysis. Also mentioned are standards for labeling recyclable and non-recyclable parts.