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.
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.
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.
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.
PROTOTYPES, PRODUCTION engineering, CONFERENCES & conventions, and SOCIETIES
Focuses on the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 1998 exhibition sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Attendees for the event; Drop in the revenue growth from rapid prototyping (RP) products; Growth of primary RP products worldwide; Advancements in the materials front of RP products.
Focuses on the role of the collaboration between the Internet and rapid prototyping in improving the engineering design of products. Role of Internet technology in the decentralization of product design; Improvement of communication between people working together; Web sites that act as intermediaries between designers and service bureaus.
Deals with the report `Rapid Prototyping & Tooling State of the Industry: 1999 Worldwide Progress Report,' that studied the use of rapid prototyping in design engineering. Implication of the decline in sales of rapid prototyping (RP) equipment; Benefit of design engineers in combining RP and solid modeling; Major difference of RP and computer-aided design (CAD).
Describes how Deere & Co. has used virtual prototyping in the product development process. Deere's experiments on virtual prototypes; Use of the Transom Jack human modeling computer software; Application of the software in complex design; Features of the software.
Wireless Systems Design. Mar2004, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p43-43. 1/3p.
PROTOTYPES, COMPUTER software, COMPUTER-aided design, PRINTED circuits, and ANTENNAS (Electronics)
The article focuses on a the QuickCircuit 900 circuit board prototype, a new product from T-Technology based at Atlanta, Georgia. The QuickCircuit 900 uses standard CAD (EDA and MCAD) output to provide advanced printed-circuit board (PCB) prototype systems. It contains one of the largest work-areas in the industry and allows prototyping of large antenna and backplane designs. At the same time, it provides for all traditional analog and RF circuit-board-prototyping needs. It includes the full-featured IsoPro software which easily enables automatic data conversion from any almost CAD package.