Offers a look at the use of the methods of rapid prototyping (RP) to streamline product development. Background on traditional RP systems; Benefits of 3-dimensional (3D) printers; Obstacles in the development of 3D printing. INSET: RP Software.
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.
Reports on Taxi 2000 Corp. and Bauer Welding and Metal Fabricators Inc.'s use of Bauer short-run prototype cell to engineer, fabricate components and final weld Taxi 2000's Personal Rapid Transit. Advantages of Bauer's system in terms of time and cost; Design challenges.
PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, PUBLIC transit, and PERSONAL rapid transit
The article discusses the use of Bauer's new short-run prototype to engineer, fabricate, and final weld the heart of Taxi 2000's new Personal Rapid Transit. According to the vehicle's designer, J. Edward Anderson, the biggest challenges were the vehicle chassis and the guideway. For the Red Group's Allen Carlson, loading issues were focused on the design/manufacturing consideration.
Describes the report `Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1998 Worldwide Progress Report' published by Wohlers Associates Inc. which reveals the continuous increase in the sales of rapid prototyping (RP) systems in the United States. Decline in the amount of money spent on RP products and services; Top three unit sales manufacturers in 1997.
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.
American Machinist's Cutting Technology. May/Jun2004, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p33-33. 1/2p. 1 Color Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, and AUTOMOBILE seats
Discusses Dearborn, Michigan-based Amerigon Inc.'s use of rapid prototypes from Quickparts.com Inc. to design and manufacture heated/cooled automotive seat components. Amerigon's evaluation of the fit clearances of housing halves and gaskets; Testing of the durability of the glass-filled nylon rapid-prototype assemblies; Improvement in overall development time.
COMPUTER software, APPLICATION-specific integrated circuits, FIELD programmable gate arrays, INTEGRATED circuit design, and INTEGRATED circuit layout
Over a third of all high-end Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) designers now use field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) for prototyping 500,000-plus-gate designs. Driving this trend is the fact that a median application-specific integrated-circuit design can now fit onto the largest FPGA. While many tools perform FPGA synthesis, few offer a direct migration path between the world of FPGAs and ASICs. One exception is the Design Compiler FPGA software design tool of the Synopsys company. This tool builds on the success of the company's Design Compiler for ASICs tool suite. It also incorporates the new Adaptive Optimization technology.
Features the Aptix Prototype Studio, a computer software tools for register-transfer-level-to-pre-silicon prototypes. Availability of an open prototyping technology; Components of Aptix Prototype Studio Enterprise; Capability of the software to identify field programmable gate array structures.
Wireless Systems Design. Mar2004, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p14-15. 2p.
RATE of return, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, RAPID prototyping, SEMICONDUCTOR industry, PRODUCT differentiation, and GATE array circuits
The article describes how prediction of the return on investment (ROl) can be done for implementing a new technology or design flow . Most companies have some internal-rate-of-return (IRR) target that must be met before investing in a new technology. It also examines the prototyping platform that used multiple field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAS) in a semiconductor company. The design was a 1.5-million-gate, digital baseband, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). This design contained only logic. Rapid prototyping not only helps in risk reduction but it allowed to get the market first. Such rapid customization, in turn allows original-equipment-manufacturer (OEM) product differentiation and quicker product certification.
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.
Presents information about Caterpillar Inc.'s new 3-D graphics welding process simulation software called Virtual Fabrication Technology. Reduction in the number of prototypes that produced waste and weld fumes before creating a successful new fabrication process; Prediction of weld distortion in large and complex structures by the software; Combination of sequential coupling of thermal and mechanical analysis in the simulation software.
COMPUTER software, OCCUPATIONAL disease diagnostic equipment industry, and MEDICAL equipment
Looks at how computer-aided design, computer-aided machining and rapid prototyping are used to develop medical devices. Details on the creation of a cardiac pump; Description of an equipment for carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis; Information on a composite ambulance cot.
COMPUTER-aided design and COMPUTER-aided engineering
Deals with the impact of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture/computer aided-engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) technology on reducing time to market. Details on the benefit of Lucas Diesel System for using SolidWorks software from SolidWorks Corp.; Approach of Detroit Diesel Corp. in using the CAD/CAM/CAE technology; Contract won by Oshkosh Truck Corp. in using CAD and prototyping method for designing.
Computer-Aided Engineering. Jun99, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p26. 4p. 1 Color Photograph, 3 Black and White Photographs.
COMPUTER-aided engineering, COMPUTER software, and MEDICAL equipment
Discusses the benefit of computer-aided engineering (CAE) in the field of medical device development. Computerized axial tomography (CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Use of Mimics software from Materialise Software; Application of rapid prototyping.