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).
AUTOMOBILE industry, AUTOMOBILE parts, METAL powders, and POWDER metallurgy
Provides information on electron-beam melting (EBM) technology used to transform metal powder into real metal automobile parts. Advantages of the EBM system; Use of the technology by Stratasys Inc.; Configuration of the FDM Vantage X offered by Stratasys.