Automotive Manufacturing & Production. April 1997, Vol. 109 Issue 4, p40, 3 p. photograph
Ford Motor Co. -- Production management -- 00303604, Automobile industry -- Production management, and Prototypes, Engineering -- Management
Ford Motor is benefitting from the use of rapid prototyping equipment developed at its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, MI. The equipment has already been implemented in the manufacturer's different plant sites. The application is made much easier through the training courses on rapid prototyping offered by the center. The innovative prototyping equipment developed at the Advanced Manufacturing Center helps engineers verify the effectiveness of their decisions and allow operations to save significant amount of time and money. Rapid prototyping has been used by Ford for the development of the transfer case housing for the Ford Explorer's V8 engine and the rocker arm for a high-output, 302-engine.
Bits2Parts.com -- Services, Automobile equipment and supplies industry -- Services, and Online services -- Services
Automate the submission of requests for quotations (RFQs) to your preferred vendors using Bits2Parts.com, an easy-to-use web-based interface. Its fast, straightforward and free to use. Bits2Parts.com is a robust, secure [...]
Automotive Manufacturing & Production. Jan1998, Vol. 110 Issue 1, p34. 2/3p. 1 Black and White Photograph, 1 Diagram.
Reports on the funding awarded to Extrude Hone Corp. by the Advanced Technology Program of the US Department of Commerce to develop a tooling or prototyping method called Prometal 3D printing process. Partnership of Extrude with General Motors Powertrain Group; Use of lost-foam process in making casts; Potential cost and time reduction offered by the 3DP process.
BUSINESS enterprises, ELECTRIC vehicles, CHRYSLER automobile, and EQUIPMENT & supplies
Reports on ODU-USA's development of various components for Chrysler's electric mini-van. Utilization of 3-Dimensional Services rapid prototyping bureau to develop charging assembly inlet parts and processes; Optimization of design for different components; Production of injection molded prototype parts; Reduction of product development time using 3-Dimensional Services.
NEW Mexico, ALBUQUERQUE (N.M.), UNITED States, SANDIA National Laboratories, and LASER Engineered Net Shaping (Organization)
Focuses on `free-form fabrication,' which is being worked on at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with `Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS). Reference to rapid prototyping (RP) technologies; Details on LENS being a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA). INSETS: Tools you can use: Welding roofs or cutting rails;Tools you can use: Is it right?;Tools you can use: New cutting & welding gear;Tools you can use: Precision work
Jaguar Cars Ltd. -- Management, Transportation equipment industry -- Management, and Computer software industry -- Usage
The Jaguar S-Type is one of several new vehicles to have benefited from stereolithography (SLA). Jaguar's rapid prototyping and tooling manager, Mark Barrington explains: "Rapid machining and prototyping methods enable [...]
METALWORK, MANUFACTURING processes, DIE-casting, and CHEMICAL molding
Describes Direct Metal Deposition, a rapid prototyping system from Precision Optical Manufacturing. Comparison with other mold and die making processes; Advantage over other processes that use a laser and powdered material; Programming of the system; Steps in its molding process.
Automotive Manufacturing & Production. April 1998, Vol. 110 Issue 4, p44, 5 p. photograph
Computer-aided design -- Usage, Prototypes, Engineering -- Usage, and Automobiles -- Product development
Visualization is an affordable technology for quickly and realistically depicting data visually. Besides being great for marketing, visualization saves prototyping time and expense, and it lets users see physical conditions [...]
Features several computer software, hardware and publications related to automobile production available as of August 1997. Includes Culter-Hammer and Indramat software package; Centroid's three- and four-axis M-400 CNC control; Deneb Robotics' interactive virtual prototyping software.
Automotive Manufacturing & Production. Oct 1997, Vol. 109 Issue 10, p70, 3 p. photograph
Delaware Machinery and Tool -- Production management -- 00029668, Automobiles -- Power trains, and Automobile equipment and supplies industry -- Production management
Delaware Machinery and Tool Co manufactures molds for large automotive applications. Its operation involves crafting 4140 and H13 steel into molds that weigh 80,000 pounds or more and that offer interchangeability for the company's client carmakers. This interchangeability allowed users of Delaware Machinery's products to simply remove defective components and replace them with spare parts. The company was able to achieve this by investing heavily in CAM/CAD technology, including EDM machines, graphite machining machinery, machining centers, coordinate measuring machines, Cincinnati Gilbert boring mills, and a Helisys rapid prototyping machine. This investment approach enabled the company to survive and even succeed, unlike competitors that did not invest enough.
Focuses on the stereolithography technology used in the Jaguar S-Type automobile. Comments from Mark Barrington, Jaguar's rapid prototyping and tooling manager; Machine used to produce prototypes for complex castings.
Stratasys Ltd. -- Product introduction and Computer industry -- Product introduction
The Object of Interest: Prodigy rapid prototyping system by Stratasys Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN]. Functionality: The system uses Stratasys' Fused Deposition Modeling process to create ABS plastic prototypes up to [...]
Mazak Corp. -- Services, Automobile equipment and supplies industry -- Services, and Cranks and crankshafts -- Design and construction
This new development from Mazak allows powertrain engineers to produce steel crankshafts in about eight hours. Think of the implications for product development...and even for racing. Rapid prototyping crankshafts in [...]
United Technologies Research Center's (UTRC) AUTOFAN design software system helps in the design of automotive radiator fans by using previously collected data from two other UTRC divisions, Pratt & Whitney and Carrier. The Pratt & Whitney database contains fluid dynamic data, while the Carrier database includes information on heating and cooling systems. AUTOFAN offers faster design at lower cost than conventional prototyping and testing methods. UTRC researchers are currently looking at upgrading AUTOFAN to include the ability to predict the effects of radiator placement, engine block location and inlet grille size on overall radiator design.