RAPID prototyping, AUTOMOBILE industry, MANUFACTURING processes, AUTOMOTIVE engineering, and ELECTRON beams
The article explores the evolution of rapid prototyping (RP) in the automotive industry. In terms of engineering, RP is defined as the automatic production of objects using additive manufacturing technology. The capability of RP techniques is reflected on several technologies including fused deposition modelling (FDM), electron beam melting (EBM), stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS).
The article focuses on the discovery of several automotive companies regarding the benefits of additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping. Team principal Dan Walmsley explains that the Strakka DOME S103 car, which will debut at the 2015 World Endurance Championship, will be the first in which Strakka has had a major design input. The car was initially developed under an aggressive plan with the intention of racing in 2014.
RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, THERMOPLASTICS, and PLASTICS
The article reports on apply of additive techniques in innovative as product development tool and mentions that automobile firm Audi has decided to add machine to roster of additive technologies. Topics disucssed include views of Tim Spiering, head of the 3D Printing Centre, on he same, challenges with prototyping technique effecting workable compromise, and Antero 800NA based thermoplastics.
Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. Jan/Feb2006, p40-42. 3p. 5 Color Photographs.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION engineering, INDUSTRIAL arts, and MACHINE tools
Focuses on the application of rapid prototyping in additive fabrication. Attributions to the growth of rapid prototyping; Principle of the technology; Description of LENS, a commercially emerging additive manufacturing technique for economically and rapidly fabricating.
Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. Jan/Feb2005, p48-48. 1/2p. 1 Color Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, ORIGINAL equipment manufacturers, AUTOMOBILE industry, SUPPLY & demand, and VIRTUAL reality
Focuses on the advantage of virtual reality for rapid prototyping of original equipment manufacturers in the automobile industry. Comment from Bruce Renfrew, managing director of Rapitypes, on the supply and demand of niche vehicles in the industry; Information on the production parts for air-induction systems; Discussion on the production of prototype parts in the industry.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, AUTOMOBILE industry, MOTOR vehicle industry, and AUTOMOTIVE engineering
The article discusses Ford Research and Innovation Center's Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology (F3T) project which developed a system prototype without the need for dies and stamping. The prototype is designed to make a sheet metal part within three days of the receipt of the needed three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) modelling data. Center manager Jim deVries explains how the F3T idea was developed.
RAPID prototyping, INK-jet printing, ELECTRIC automobiles, and AUTOMOBILE dashboards
The article highlights the developments in rapid prototyping (RP) tools made by Objet Geometries for automotive designers using inkjet printing technique. Two of these developments are the Connex500 RP machine and the new digital material featuring both impact resistance and thermal performance. The StreetScooter project, which aims to develop an affordable, efficient electric car for urban use, uses the dashboard and employs product lifecycle management (PLM).
The article looks at the role of the rapid prototyping technology in the production of automobiles. It reflects on the use of an Object Connex 500 ED printing system at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Coventry, England. It discusses the efforts of car manufacturers to apply the technology in machining and mouldmaking. The cost of adopting the technology is also noted.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, DIGITAL technology, and AUTOMOTIVE engineering
The article focuses on the implementation of digital tools for the transformation of the quality control processes in automobile manufacturing. Comment of Marcus Hoffmann, head of master jigs and measurement technologies, regarding the implementation of digital solutions at Audi is given. It highlights the use of the digital techniques for vehicle interiors.
RAPID prototyping, AUTOMOBILE parts, and AUTOMOBILE engines (Diesel)
The article discusses the benefits of employing the fused deposition modelling (FDM) method for automotive parts, which is used by rapid prototyping (RP) machines of Stratasys. Various examples of how the FDM technique is used are given, including creating a model for a contaminant filter for a diesel engine, wherein the FDM components can function as metal alternatives. FDM is also used in creating hand tools by BMW, and creating prototype parts for race cars in a short time.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, and EQUIPMENT & supplies
Deals with the stereolithography machine from rapid prototyping firm Materialise used by Renault Truck. Comments from Nikolas Du Tour, a manager at Materialise; Range of prototyping technology from Materialise used by Renault; Benefits of the machine for the manufacturing processes of Renault.
The article presents information on ING Renault F1, the Formula One racing team of Renault. It states that the engine design of the Renault F1 Team takes place at Viry-Châtillon, in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It adds that the company will build six cars for the 2007 season. According to the article, F1 has been able to point to the wealth of innovation that has developed in the sport and eventually trickled down into road car use.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, AUTOMOBILE industry, POLYCARBONATES, and ALKYLBENZENE sulfonates
Offers information on the PC-ABS rapid prototyping material blend of polycarbonate and ABS plastic introduced by Stratasys for use in automobile manufacturing processes. Properties of the technology; Advantages; Principle behind the technology.
RAPID prototyping, AUTOMOBILE industry, and PROTOTYPES
Focuses on the use of rapid prototyping (RP) for design verification, airflow evaluation and functional testing at Hyundai Mobis. Information on the fused deposition modeling RP system of the company; Discussion on the design verification operations of Kia in the automobile industry; Comment from Tae Sun Byun, principal research engineer for the Hyundai Mobis Auto-Tech division, on the importance of dimensional accuracy and stability for design verification in the industry.
The article focuses on the use of machine vision technology for quality control in automobile manufacturing industry. It highlights MVTec Software as one of the early pioneers in the development of machine vision technologies. Comment of David Dechow, staff engineer, Intelligent Robotics and Machine Vision, at Fanuc America regarding machine vision is also given.
PACKAGING, PACKAGING industry, FACILITIES, COMPUTER-aided design, and COMPUTER-aided engineering
The article reports that packaging company Encase has opened a prototyping facility at its plant in Leeds, England. The facility uses a computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software called Kasemake that can create a prototype of a packaging on the spot. The advantages of using the Kasemake technology include identification of potential conflicts, easier development of packaging solutions and ability to predict the performance for palletisation, conveyors, materials handling systems and racking.
COMPUTER-aided design, COMPUTER-aided engineering, SINTERING, and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article features Electro Optical Systems (EOS), the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering generates parts flexibly and cost effectively, directly from computer-aided design (CAD) data. It is stated that technology has become the manufacturing method of choice in a trade that has a variety of complex products. The products of the company are described in detail.