MANUFACTURING processes, RAPID prototyping, SINTERING, SINTER (Metallurgy), and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article discusses the use of laser sintering technique in rapid prototyping of products. It highlights the reasons for adopting laser sintering in product development which include the need to customize products and the production of high volume. Details of using laser sintering technologies by some companies are also provided.
RAPID prototyping, TABLE setting & decoration, and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article reports on the collaboration of Kathy Minns, owner of iSETT with 3-Dimensional Services Group to replace charger plate with the patent-pending iSETT Table Ring for table setting in Rochester Hills, Minnesota. Minns worked with the team at 3-Dimensional to create a model using stereolithography apparatus. According to Minns, 3-Dimensional Services helped her in her goal to create a fun approach to setting a dining table with style and ease for any entertaining occasion.
The article reports on the research about the significance of fiber lasers for rapid prototyping conducted by SPI Lasers, a Southampton, England-based firm which specializes in power fiber lasers used in the industrial market. The researchers try to show that rapid prototyping can be further improved through better surface finish and increased fill density made possible by fiber lasers. Moreover, it was emphasized that the temporal and spatial stability of fiber lasers help in the improvement in layer uniformity.
The article reports on the significance of laser cutting called the digital die cutting for cutting textile webs. It notes that a rapid prototyping niche for those who use them is provided by laser cutting systems because it can reliably handle thin substrates. It also mentions that digital die cutting is advantageous compared to tool-based die cutting systems due to its conservation of costs and prevention of production delays for tool manufacturing.
MANUFACTURES, INDUSTRIAL engineering, RAPID prototyping, and INDUSTRIAL lasers
The article presents statistics related to the performance of various manufacturers in the sector of laser technology. Some of the manufacturers mentioned are--Access Laser Company, Ace Laser Tek Inc., Automation Systems Inc., Aerotech Inc., Alabama Laser, Alase Technologies Inc. The various types of laser systems they have performed in are--ablation, alignment, circuit adjustments, engraving, heat treatment, microelectronics processing, micro machining, rapid prototyping, scribing and others.
Provides information on the application of laser-based prototyping techniques which transform a conceptual design into a solid prototype. Description of the stereolithography which was pioneered by 3D Systems; How the selective laser sintering from DTM Corp. works; Main applications for rapid-prototyping equipment.
MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION engineering, INDUSTRIAL lasers, ALUMINUM forming, and LASERS in metallurgy
The article describes the use of laser forming as a method for automated correction of distortion in manufactured non-ferrous components such as aluminum and its alloys. Laser forming has been shown to be ideal for two-dimensional and three-dimensional shaping of metallic and non-metallic components for applications such as rapid prototyping and precise alignment of micro-components. It uses a loosely focused laser beam to induce thermal stress into the surface of a work piece.
MANUFACTURING processes, LASER beams, INDUSTRIAL lasers, MICROMACHINING, and LASER ablation
The article reports on the use of laser beam for producing electrical patterns. It states that laser micromachining and laser ablation offers a high flexibility of use and well-suited for fast prototyping. The result of combining the technologies of precision grinding of ceramics and laser ablation of metallized thin-film layers is discussed.
GENERAL Motors automobiles, AUTOMOBILE lighting, INDUSTRIAL lasers, and AUTOMOTIVE engineering
The article reports that General Motors Cadillac has called on North American Lighting (NAL) to design the rear tail lamp assemblies of its 2007 Escalade. NAL has turned to UPS for assistance in preparing the prototypes using a laser-powered stereolithography system. After the computer designs were approved, they are relayed to the stereolithographic equipment to produce a three-dimensional model. The whole process of designing and prototyping just took two weeks to be completed, which will make the production of the rear tail light assembly in time for the debut of the Escalade at the 2006 Super Bowl.
NEW product development, RAPID prototyping, INDUSTRIAL research, DATA disk drives, INDUSTRIAL lasers, SPINDLES (Machine tools), and USB (Computer bus)
This article presents information about various laser-based products, which have been recently introduced by various companies. It reports that Aerotech Inc., has introduced the ABS series of direct drive and air-bearing spindles. These spindles were designed to provide superior angular positioning and velocity control for applications including disk drive testing, imaging applications and precision wafer inspection. It is also reported in this article that a dynamic beam profiler and dedicated software package with a USB 2.0 interface entitled USA BeamPro has been introduced by Photon Inc. This equipment provides a high level of portability for beam profiling because a peripheral frame grabber card is not required for this system.
COMMERCIAL products, TIME to market (New products), RAPID prototyping, LASERS, OPTOELECTRONIC devices, and INDUSTRIAL lasers
Features products related to the laser industry as of April 2004. Introduction of the Staccato laser developed by Lumera Laser GmbH; Availability of the standard and custom large beam collimators from LightPath Technologies Inc.; Design and specification of the Vario laser marking system from Virtek.