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.
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 software, COMPUTER simulation, and AIRPLANE maintenance & repair
Discusses the Lockheed Martin company's drive to decrease the cost of aircraft development processes through its Virtual Product Development. Employment of Engineering Animation Incorporated's VisFly product visualization software and VisMockUp digital prototyping software; Details on the initial implementation of VisProducts; Comments from Woody Sconyers, director of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Sector's Virtual Product Development Initiative.