The article offers information on the Rapid Prototype Laboratory (RP Lab), located inside the General Motors (GM) Design building in Detroit, Michigan. The RP Lab houses a highly specialized three-dimensional (3D) rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment, which has resulted in dramatic efficiencies in GM wind tunnel testing across GM's entire car and truck lineup. It also features two fabrication processes, namely, selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereo lithography apparatus (SLA).
RAPID prototyping, BUSINESS planning, CORPORATE growth, and METAL castings
The article reports on the move of Almont, Michigan-based Aristo-Cast Inc. to take a functional approach to prototyping. It states that the move will able to speed the route from casting designs to finished products. Moreover, it reveals that prototyping would able to link the component's designers and manufacturers as they proceed through the critical stage of product development.
CONFERENCES & conventions, RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURES, and COMPUTER software
Highlights the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 2004 Conference and Exposition in Dearborn, Michigan on May 10-13, 2004. Offer of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing opportunities; Demonstration of rapid prototyping technology; Equipment and software used in rapid prototyping.
The article features the General Motors (GM) rapid prototyping (RP) laboratory located on the campus of the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The 9,000-square-foot laboratory builds a variety of prototypes from bumpers to spoilers using technology of selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SLA), referred to as RP and becoming known as additive manufacturing (AM). RP will allow Gm to reduce cost on product development and time-to-market.
American Machinist's Cutting Technology. May/Jun2004, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p33-33. 1/2p. 1 Color Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, and AUTOMOBILE seats
Discusses Dearborn, Michigan-based Amerigon Inc.'s use of rapid prototypes from Quickparts.com Inc. to design and manufacture heated/cooled automotive seat components. Amerigon's evaluation of the fit clearances of housing halves and gaskets; Testing of the durability of the glass-filled nylon rapid-prototype assemblies; Improvement in overall development time.
Presents information on a rapid prototyping process developed by Solidica Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Features of the prototyping process; Details on the acquisition of a beta machine by the National Centers for Manufacturing Sciences.
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.
CORPORATE sponsorship, CONFERENCES & conventions, PRODUCTION engineering, ENGINEERS' associations, and SOCIETIES
Announces that The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has teamed up with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to sponsor `Rapid Prototyping and Tooling for the Automotive Industry' to be held on September 4-5, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan. Comments from Philip Trimble of the SME.
SPECIAL events, CONFERENCES & conventions, RAPID prototyping, EXHIBITIONS, and TRADE shows
The article presents information related to the event "Rapid 2007 Exposition and Conference," to be held in Detroit, Michigan from May 1-3, 2007. The event will provide opportunities for attendees to evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts. The event includes three days of exhibits, more than 20 conference sessions, tours, workshops, networking receptions, end-user forums, and many other opportunities to learn more about this evolving field of rapid prototyping.
CORPORATIONS, RAPID application development (Computer software development), PROTOTYPES, COST effectiveness, and SOFTWARE development equipment
The article focuses on the working of Michigan-based software solution company, TekCommands. Topics discussed include simplification of software development and its deployment in enterprises, the organization's specialization in engineering rapid application prototyping and enterprise application tools like Snaplette, and applying cost saving methods to help clients attain their objectives.
FACTORIES, NEW product development, RAPID prototyping, and POLYMERS
The article reports that a new technology centre will be built by Frimo Group GmbH for its North American operations to offer its full production range to automakers in Wixom, Michigan. It is stated that several processes including rapid prototyping, polyurethane processing and thermoforming will be combined at the centre. It is mentioned that a state-of-the-art PUReLine polyurethane spray system will be used at the centre.
PRODUCTION engineering, MANUFACTURING processes, CONFERENCES & conventions, and EXHIBITIONS
Discusses the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 2005 Conference and Exposition, at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan. Tours of the Daimler Chrysler Technology Center and the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center; Check-in and registration time; Workshops and examination.
Announces the May 1995 Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference and Exposition in Dearborn, Michigan. Conference theme; Focus on trends in prototyping applications; Topics for discussion; Agenda of activities; Sponsors; Contact information.
PROTOTYPES, AUTOMOBILE industry, AUTOMOBILE parts, and AUTOMOBILE factories
Discusses the hydroforming process in automobile parts. Advantages of hydroforming; Reason behind the decision of Schuler Hydroforming Inc. to build a hydroforming prototyping center in Canton, Michigan according to Tim Werding, president and CEO of Schuler; Problems in the hydroforming process.
BUSINESS planning, PLANT shutdowns, and BUSINESS relocation
The article reports that Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. is considering the plans to close its service parts and prototyping facility in Tawas City, Michigan, by 2007. The company is consolidating its fluid handling division operations in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The move will enable the company to improve its utilization level.
The article reports that PTI Engineered Plastics Inc. is building a factory in Macomb Township, Michigan, to replace its two smaller existing plants in Michigan. PTI owner Mark Rathbone has said that the new plant will have about 105,000 to 115,000 square feet of space on the 9-acre site of a former farm. The new plant will also have the facility of molding and assembly. Rathbone, a mold maker, founded the company in 1984 as a prototyping house named Proto-Tech Industries. He changed the name to PTI Engineered Plastics in 1987 to reflect the firm's broader role.
BUSINESS planning, CORPORATE growth, and AUTOMOBILE industry
The article reports on the plan of a North American unit of Sweden's Trelleborg Automotive company to build a 48,500-square-foot technology center in Northville, Michigan. It cites that the company aims to expand and consolidate its testing and commercial operations in the country. Moreover, it is noted that the facility would offer component and chassis testing, product development, durability testing, and quick prototyping.
BUSINESS planning, MANUFACTURING processes, RAPID prototyping, and AUTOMOBILE industry
The article reports that 3-Dimensional Services and Urgent Design & Manufacturing have teamed to provide build services for full-frame vehicle prototypes in Michigan. In return, automakers in the state and their suppliers now have a way to achieve faster product development time. The companies offer capabilities that include stamping presses to 7000 tons, hydrofroming, laser processing, and a wide array of fabrication equipment in a 20,000-square-foot space for frame building.
Rubber & Plastics News. 1/9/2006, Vol. 35 Issue 12, p9-9. 1/3p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
TRADE shows, AUTOMOBILE industry, INDUSTRIAL research, and RAPID prototyping
This article presents information on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Almost 7,000 journalists from all over the world descended on Detroit for three days of press business. It doesn't seem that long ago that Toyota and Nissan introduced their new luxury brands, Lexus and Infiniti, to the world at the auto show in Detroit. One thing that makes this show so interesting is the huge participation of automotive executives from all over the world. Detroit's show is that important. Ford and General Motors Corp.'s executives will have a tough time during the show. They'll want to talk about their new products, but everyone else will want to talk about the health of the corporations.