RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, HOUSING development, CRISIS management, SYSTEMS theory, HUMANITARIAN assistance, EMERGENCY housing, BUILDING repair, and DISASTER relief
The article discusses the rapid prototyping that gain new roles in humanitarian causes in Los Angeles, California. It says that rapid prototyping is known as additive manufacturing which is constructing large-scale buildings and housing via rapid prototyping methods. According to Behrokh Khosnevis, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California, using an additive-manufacturing technique for constructing new buildings could provide emergency housing for victims of disasters and it could also be used for affordable housing for third-world countries. It mentions the project called Rapid Prototyping for Baghdad, or RP4Baghdad project, which aims to help civilian victims where rapid prototyping technologies can make difference between life and death.
Reports the marketing of stereolithography rapid-prototyping equipment from 3D Systems Corp. in Valencia, California. Expansion of product marketing; Introduction of a line of epoxy-based RP resins; Materials used in the Accura line.
Information on the panel discussion from DesignCon 2011 held in Santa Clara, California from January 31-February 3 is presented. Jeff Blauser of NXP notes that the company produces multiple gigahertz on its digital devices. Screaming Circuits' Rick McClain points out that the company is working with Sunstone and gives options on transacting prototype. Bravesh Mistry points out the collaboration of NI, Digi-Key, NI, Sunstone, and Screaming to make engineering projects more successful.
GUI Program News. Mar2009, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p6-8. 3p.
COMPUTER software development, SOFTWARE engineering, RAPID prototyping, COMPUTER software industry, PRODUCT management, NEW product development, and COMPUTER-aided design software
The article reports on the introduction of the 2D and 3D design and engineering software products for manufacturers for 2010 by Autodesk Inc. of San Rafael, California. The software releases are designed to help manufacturers develop better products, that range from mobile phones to bulldozers, in a short period of time. The product lineup which constitutes the firm's solution for Digital Prototyping includes AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Showcase, and Autodesk 3ds Max Design. Furthermore, the releases are indicated to provide greater range of design, visualization, and simulation capabilities.
The article reports that San Diego, California-based Rapid Product Development Group Inc. added three stereolithography machines to its rapid prototyping department and opened a sales and coordinating office in Portland, Oregon. Rapid purchased an SLA 7000 solid-state laser system and two SLA 250 solid-imaging systems from 3D Systems Corp. of Valencia, California, and began operating them in February. Jesse Lea, a veteran of the rapid prototyping business, joined Rapid in the Oregon office as business development manager.
ELECTRONIC industries and ELECTRIC power supplies to apparatus design & construction
Reports that power-supply vendor Lambda of San Diego, California is changing the way it builds prototype units in its recently opened Design Verification Lab. Integration of factory elements to speed prototyping and production; Seamless transition from design lab to factory; Competitive advantage in delivery.
CONCURRENT engineering, RAPID prototyping, and CONSULTANTS
The article reports on the launching of a special "Builder Services Program" by the Lasco Bathware in Anaheim, California. The author stated that the program enables product decision makers to take projects of all sizes to increase levels of quality with less call backs and faster time to market. He added that program provides planning consultation and take-off suggestions, on-site advisors and installation teams.
Introduces the University of California at Berkeley's CyberCut Internet-based aid in designing mechanical prototypes. Module composition of the service; Outline for the production of prototypes with a three-axis milling machine; Definition of open architecture; Elements utilized in the development of the site; Site's information offerings.
Recently formed Rapid Product Development Group Inc. (RPDG) of Escondido, California, is completing agreements for a Taiwan firm to make tools and a Chinese business to provide toolmaking, injection molding and assembly. The firm was formed in September to create prototypes and deliver long-run projects to contract manufacturers. Moran was vice president of Arrk Product Development Group in San Diego. RPDG has a 15,000-square-foot prototype facility using the services of a Tijuana, Mexico, shelter operator.
U.S. News & World Report. 10/2/2006, Vol. 141 Issue 12, p65-68. 4p. 3 Color Photographs.
PRODUCT design, CHIEF executive officers, and INDUSTRIAL design
The article discusses Tim Brown, chief executive officer of IDEO product designers in Palo Alto, California. The principles of designing are noted including getting out of the office and into the field, prototyping initial ideas, and storytelling. Invention and functionality are combined in IDEO designs.
MANUFACTURING processes, FACTORIES, COMPUTER integrated manufacturing systems, ROBOTICS, RAPID prototyping, and SILICON Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.)
The article looks at high-tech manufacturing taking place in Silicon Valley, California. It notes that traditional assembly-line manufacturing jobs largely have left the area, mentioning factory closings by computer company Apple in 1992 and semiconductor company Intel in 2009. It says that ultramodern factories have been opening in the area, however, characterized by the use of computer-controlled machines or robots and flexible production processes that can be rapidly modified for design changes or new product prototypes. Manufacturing companies discussed include general electronics maker Flextronics, computer storage hardware maker Violin Memory, electric car maker Tesla Motor, and medical device maker Intuitive Surgical.
Electronic Engineering Times (01921541). 7/10/2006, Issue 1431, p12-12. 3/4p. 1 Color Photograph.
PROTOTYPES, INTELLIGENT agents (Computer software), INTEGRATED circuits, and COMPUTER integrated manufacturing systems
The article introduces the system physical prototyping tools initiated by Javelin Design Automation Inc. in California. President and CEO, Diana Raggett, noted it was revised from the silicon virtual prototyping (SVP) tools which integrates the architectural, logical and physical integrated circuit domains providing its designers precise physical informations for key decision-making in the cycle. Its edge over SVP tools is its acceptance of incomplete data, accessibility and accurateness.
This article reports on a new headquarters opened by Rapid Product Development Group Inc. (RPDG) in San Diego, California. The group has also expanded its prototyping facility in Tijuana, Mexico, adding more high-resolution stereolithography equipment, computer numerical control machines, and vacuum casting chambers. RPDG has also introduced a new line of advanced materials for rapid prototyping, metal casting and urethane casting.
MERGERS & acquisitions, COMPUTER software, FACTORIES, CONTRACTING out, and PLASTICS
Reports on the purchase of MK Technologies MK System 3 by prototyping company Rapid Product Development Group Inc. (RPDG) to expand its urethane casting department in San Diego, California. Stereolithograph machines added by the company for rapid prototyping; Prototyping services offered by the manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico; Number of injection moulding machines of RPDG for contract manufacture of plastic parts.
SYSTEMS design, SYSTEM analysis, MICROELECTROMECHANICAL systems, and MECHATRONICS
The article discusses the challenges for system design and test of robotics applications at Alliance Spacesystems in Pasadena, California. It states that engineering team met challenges for applications including underground gas pipes exploration and camera-boom mechanisms that mounts on a car roof. Moreover, mechatronics technical advisor at Alliance Spacesystems, Sean Dougherty outlined some projects that the Alliance has been involved and hardware and software for prototyping are also presented.
COMPUTER systems, INTEGRATED circuits, and DIGITAL signal processing
Report developments related to the electronic industries in California as of June 1999. Introduction of a prototyping and debugging computer system from Waterscale Integration Inc.; Launch of programmable system-on-chip solutions by Altera Corp.; Expansion of the digital signal processing solutions of Xilinx Inc.
BUSINESS partnerships, ART schools, and SEATING (Furniture)
This article focuses on the partnership between Bernhardt Design and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Partnering with the Art Center College, Bernhardt is not only giving students valuable hands-on marketing and manufacturing experience while still in class, but also bringing new perspectives to the Bernhardt world. During a two-semester program, students would go through the manufacturing process from research to design to prototyping to final production. Students were given two product categories, seating and tables, and were set loose, within reason of course, since the goal was to create pieces that could be feasibly produced.
NEW product development, COMPUTER software industry, COMPUTER software, and PRODUCT lines
This article announces the launching by Autodesk, a software company based in San Rafael, California, of its 2010 line of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and engineering software. The company has about 50 new product offering new features and functionality for digital prototyping, building information modeling and infrastructure modeling. It explains that Autodesk has improved sustainable design and engineering functionality across its product lines.
Computer Graphics World. Jun2000, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p17. 3p. 1 Black and White Photograph, 1 Map.
COMPUTER systems, VISUALIZATION, and COMPUTER simulation
Features Rivet, a computer-systems visualization and analysis framework under development at Stanford University. Advantages of information visualization; Flexibility to enable rapid prototyping of visualizations for exploring complex, real-world problems without sacrificing high-performance graphics and support for large datasets; Challenges facing researchers.