RAPID prototyping, COMPUTER software, PROTOTYPES, and ENGINEERING design
Looks at materials and build techniques that change the way companies use rapid prototyping (RP) equipment. Information on some RP build improvements which include software revisions; Benefits of rapid prototypes; Description of the Z-Cast RP pattern process from Griffin Industries. INSETS: Accurate RP parts tell more in wind tunnel tests;Thin layers produce smooth surfaces.
The article presents information on several new approaches for rapid prototyping. Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology established a few fabrication laboratories (Fab Labs) a few years ago in universities, colleges and housing projects. ShopBot CNC router is a digital fabrication machine developed by ShopBot Tools Inc. based in Durham, North Carolina, which provides a format for making several industrial machines and devices.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, ENGINEERING design, and DIGITAL technology
The article discusses the advantages of using manual methods of rapid prototyping. It states that manual methods can generate metal parts faster and cheaper than using modern prototyping technology. It indicates that digital prototyping technology provides new ways of doing things efficiently but it can be expensive.
The article offers helpful insights on how to deal with shops that provide rapid prototyping (RP) services. The best RP firms choose the right process in the customer's best interest, turn parts around fast, and have a solid business history. Choosing a trustworthy bureau entails asking the firm on how long it has been in the business, what services it offers, and the age of its equipment. It is also helpful to be cautious of online quoting pitfalls. INSETS: What about start-ups?;Common DDM lingo.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, ASSEMBLY line methods, and PRODUCTION engineering
Focuses on the best practices for using rapid prototyping (RP). Best time to make a physical part for review; Tips on using RP parts to improve manufacturability; Tricks for building RP assemblies. INSET: THE RP LINE UP.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, and INDUSTRIAL design
Focuses on RedeyeRPM.com, an online extension of the BuildFDM service of Stratasys Inc. for rapid prototyping. Details of how to use the service; Features and capabilities of the fused deposition modeling service.
PROTOTYPES, COST control, ORIGINAL equipment manufacturers, AUTOMOTIVE engineering, and LITHOGRAPHY
The article discusses the role of rapid prototyping techniques in automotive design in the U.S. It mentions that the technique is one of the down-sizing and cost-cutting measures taken by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association in the industry to minimize the increasing number of suppliers that have went bankrupt or had their assets foreclosed. An overview of the additive-prototyping methods such as stereolithography (SLA) is also discussed.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, COMPUTER software, and FINANCIAL quotations
Presents information on the software technology developed by Xpress3D Inc. that let users view price qoutes from multiple providers of overnight rapid-prototyping (RP). RP technologies offered by Xpress3D to its users.
Discusses various aspects of additive rapid prototyping (ARP). Benefits of ARP; Kinds of ARP systems in production; Advantage of CNC; Limitations of ARP; Strength in medium-sized plastic parts and wax patterns for various secondary casting methods. INSET: Where CHC makes sense..
Focuses on the use of rapid-prototyping (RP) technology in Europe. How stereolithography was used in industries in Germany; Increase in European companies supplying RP technology; German manufacturers making extensive use of rapid-prototyping technology.
Machine Design. 09/21/2000, Vol. 72 Issue 18, p42. 2p. 1 Color Photograph, 2 Black and White Photographs, 1 Diagram.
PROTOTYPES and STAINLESS steel
Deals with a rapid prototyping process developed by CAM-LEM that build tougher parts from laser-cut ceramic tape and produces parts of 316L stainless steel. Advantages of the process; Other capabilities of the process.
PROTOTYPES, DIRECT costing, EXTRUSION process, COMMERCIAL product testing, and GUMS & resins
The article focuses on the author's views on the importance of making and testing prototype in keeping resin designs on schedule. He states that choosing a resin involves balancing the demands of cost, cosmetics, moldability, and performance. He asserts that while a single mold require resins with similar coefficients, resin prototyping constitutes several advantages and minimal incremental costs.
Looks at how a rapid-prototyping module is used to develop inexpensive ways to fabricate scale models for use in wind-tunnel tests. Advantages from using the material; Features of the scale models used.
Focuses on efforts to develop rapid prototyping techniques for medical applications in Europe. Background on the Phidias medical prototyping project; Advantages of a perforated support building technique for rapid prototyping; Plans for the development of technology that will enable medical technicians make implants from scanned images.
Focuses on the growth of the rapid prototyping industry. Need to quickly flesh out product designs; Industry segments; Product developments; Secondary tooling; Engineers' interest in rapid prototyping.
Reports on a method for rapid prototyping of two-dimensional (2D) objects such as circuit boards and sheet metal. Use of a low-power laser; Use of a database from a computer aided design (CAD) package; Generation of an X-Y plot of the component to be prototyped; Typical 2D prototyping materials.
PROTOTYPES, GOVERNMENT policy, and JAPAN. Ministry of International Trade & Industry
Reports on the rapid prototyping (RP) program initiated by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Project to support the development of an RP system that small and medium-sized firms can afford; Contracts with hardware developers; Computer Modeling and Engineering Technology Inc.'s RP technique; Sony RP models; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.'s use of RP.
Features the Personal Modeler from BPM Technology Inc., a novel rapid-prototyping machine which uses an advance in ink-jet technology to precisely shoot plastic droplets into detailed three dimensional models. Advantages over other rapid-prototyping methods; Availability in the market; Size and price of models of the Personal Modeler; Applications.