RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, WINDSHIELD wipers, and AUTOMOBILE windshields & windows
The article informs that Federal-Mogul Corp.'s wiper division in Europe is making rapid prototyping work. It visits customers' development centers with a novel approach that slashes a tedious four- to six-week trial-and-error program into a quick and efficient half-day process. Federal-Mogul's on-site rapid-prototyping program takes the guesswork out of perfecting windshield wipers for new vehicles.
Discusses rapid prototyping system as an industrial technique. Sales performance of developers and builders of rapid prototyping machines; DTM Corp.'s RapidTool process that uses powdered metal to produce inserts for prototype injection molds; Use of the term `stereolithography' as a synonym for rapid prototyping; Use of silicon rubber molds for cast plastic patterns.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations and AUTOMOTIVE engineering
Reports on Chrysler Corp. engineers' building of prototype bodies for the Neon compact automobile and future models out of carbon fiber. Plastic panels to cut up to six months out of a 36-month product cycle; Use of computer-aided engineering software; Exact representations of eventual sheetsteel assemblies; Paperless car design; Car going through cubing that help confirm or check design electronically for part fit. INSET: Chrysler prototyping evolution..