The article reports on the development of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. It is said that additive manufacturing is increasingly used to produce parts with greater speed, improved economics and performance. Earlier, additive manufacturing was primarily used to make prototypes of new products.
The article focuses on the booming industry of additive manufacturing. According to NIST’s Brandon Lane, the technology is still relatively new, and maintaining quality control can be time-consuming and challenging. The build up of residual stresses which create cracks between layers and warping the piece is cited.
Machine Design. 4/8/2010, Vol. 82 Issue 6, p52-55. 4p. 3 Color Photographs, 1 Black and White Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, PRINTING, ENGINEERING equipment, MACHINE design, and SINTERING
The article presents survey findings on the capability of rapid-prototyping (RP) technique for micromolded components in a machine design in the U.S. The gathered data primarily focuses on the dimensions, features and performance of various RP technologies, considering the technology requirement in the medical, optical and microelectronics industries. Among the assessed RP tools include stereolitography, 3D printing or inkjet printing, and selective laser sintering.
RAPID prototyping, LITHOGRAPHY, MODELING (Sculpture), SINTERING, and MOLDING (Founding)
The article presents several rapid-prototyping techniques for micromolded parts which include stereolithography (STL), fusion-deposition modeling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS). It says that the first technique utilizes liquid ultraviolet (UV) curable photopolymer resin touched on a UV laser beam. The second technique extrudes a modeling material through a nozzle while the last one uses a high-temperature laser to melt metal into a three-dimensional (3D) part.
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.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, THREE-dimensional printing, FABRICATION (Manufacturing), and NANOFABRICATION
The article focuses on the move of additive manufacturing to replace conventional fabrication processes in critical areas ranging from aerospace components to medical implants. The possibility of the technology to become a target for malicious attacks is mentioned. The validation technique developed by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Rutgers University is emphasized.
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.
RAPID prototyping, HIGH technology industries, THREE-dimensional printing, CARBON nanofibers, and SINTERING
The article discusses the increasingly use of additive manufacturing (AM) to make production parts. The forecast on the possibility of AM leveraged to build stronger objects from materials filled with carbon nanofiber is cited. According to Carol Tolbert, manager of the Manufacturing Innovation Project, they are using direct laser sintering to develop a subscale multielement injector for a rocket engine and to minimize testing cost. The standardization efforts of AM is stated.
Focuses on issues that need to be addressed in outsourcing for rapid-prototyping (RP) service. Use of a prototype work before considering purchase of the machine; Selection of a rapid-prototyping vendor with multiple RP technologies; Significance of equipment maintenance.
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.
WASTE management, RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, THREE-dimensional printing, and OPEN source intelligence
The article discusses how 3D printing allows recycling any trash at home with the help of the open source recyclebot. It notes that 3D printing has disrupted transportation and its ability to decentralize manufacturing has led to parts being emailed and printed on location. It adds that the recyclebot design takes advantage of both the open-source hardware methodology and the paradigm designed by the open source self-replicating rapid prototyper (RepRap) 3D printer community.
RAPID prototyping, LABORATORY equipment & supplies, MANUFACTURES, MANUFACTURING processes, PUBLIC spaces, and EQUIPMENT & supplies
The article discusses fabrication laboratories (Fab Lab), which are public spaces where individuals can rapidly prototype their products at a low cost, and how personalized manufacturing is supplementing traditional engineering methods. Topics include Fab Labs' role in democratizing digital fabrication equipment, distributed mass manufacturing and the creation of personal fabricators, and how there are Fab Labs all around the world.
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.
NEW product development, SIMULATION methods & models, RAPID prototyping, SYSTEMS engineering, and INDUSTRIAL design
The article offers information on choosing between an in-house engineer or a consultant engineer in realizing the full valence of simulation technology. It states that simulation software is instrumental in minimizing costs and time associated with physical prototype testing of products for automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing industries. It cites that product simulation allows designers to perform thermal, structural, electromagnetic analyses to get deeper insight into performance.
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.