Tom Mueller, co-owner of Express Pattern Inc. in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, outlined advances in rapid prototyping materials on March 22, 2004 at the Charlotte, North Carolina conference of the Structural Plastics Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. Mueller bought one of the first stereolithography machines in the late 1980s at Baxter Healthcare Corp., where he was manager of computer-aided engineering. Mueller said, product designers first have to determine how close they need to come for properties such as stiffness, flexural modulus, impact and coefficient of thermal expansion, then select the proper rapid prototyping material.
EXPANSION (Business), RAPID prototyping, and PRODUCT design
The article informs that Dresser, Wisconsin-based injection molder Tenere Inc. has nearly doubled its custom molding capacity with the acquisition of Longmont, Colorado-based firm Mountain Molding LLC. Topics discussed include overview and services provided by the firm, growth and development plan of the firm and association of the firm with companies through its product design and rapid prototyping venues.
PRODUCT design, RAPID prototyping, and POCKET computers
This article informs that Flextronics International Ltd. has purchased a majority stake in California's Frog Design, boosting its new product capabilities while giving Frog's designers greater understanding of what molders can do. Neither Frog nor Flextronics, incorporated in Singapore with North American offices in San Jose, California, disclosed how much Flextronics invested or how big of a share of Frog it purchased. Electronic equipment specialist Flextronics has invested in design expertise previously, with its 2000 purchase of Palo Alto Products International Pte. Ltd. It has helped to design various products, including handheld computers and mobile telephone equipment, monitors and computer towers.