RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION engineering, and INDUSTRIAL engineering
The article discusses the importance of rapid manufacturing, which is also called rapid prototyping, a process that employs additive fabrication technology. Several industrial benefits offered by the technology include the reduction of upfront expense and the elimination of tooling in manufacturing processes. In addition, it is noted that rapid prototyping allow manufacturers to have an unlimited potential for product changes after it has been placed in production. INSET: Medical tools, functional prototypes improve design.
T & P: Tooling & Production. Apr2004, Vol. 70 Issue 4, p24-27. 3p. 1 Color Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, ENGINEERING design, COMMERCIAL product testing, REVERSE engineering, MILITARY vehicles, SHEET-metal work, and MACHINE tools
Focuses on the rise of rapid prototyping in reverse engineering in the U.S. Use of reverse engineering to side-step design and research and development processes; Modification of military vehicles to carry external items from auxiliary gasoline tanks to mounts for communications systems by a sheet-metal fabricator; Benefit of tool making and product testing from reverse engineering.
RAPID prototyping, COMPUTER-aided design, and COMPUTER software
Reports on the preparation of design engineers for the presentation of computer-aided design (CAD) software to customers in the U.S. Importance of plastics in the manufacturing industry; Use of lasers in rapid prototype operations; Advantage of hydroforming.
Explores the fundamental manufacturing techniques that address the specific needs of producing freeform shapes. Analysis of the fundamental freeform machining techniques; Identification of corresponding computer-aide manufacturing strategies for optimizing tool path of third-dimensional (3D) parts; Goal of 3D roughing.
Talks about the development in the rapid prototyping industry as of December 1997. Description of rapid prototyping; Two methods for obtaining parts or representations of intended prototypes; Rapid prototyping tools; Applications of rapid prototyping; Forecast of industry performance.
Focuses on the introduction of rapid prototyping machines on desktops which allow product designers to communicate design iterations within minutes. Features of the prototyping product from Stratasys Inc. and 3D Systems Corp.; Productivity and cost-performance benefits; Desktop inner workings.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURES, TURNAROUND time, and CAD/CAM systems
Focuses on the importance of prototyping in manufacturing industry. Advantages of prototyping in providing a test on physical products; Benefits of turnaround time; Assessment of the CAD/CAM feature recognition.
Emphasizes the importance of medical prototyping systems in preoperative planning of complex surgery. Provision of tactile and visual documentation for diagnosis, therapy planning and didactic purposes; Facilitation of communication between surgical team members and patients; Accuracy in the planning and simulation of medical interventions.
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, PROTOTYPES, and MANUFACTURING processes
The article offers information on the Datron Excelsior high-speed CNC machining center, a prototyping machine which was used by the ETCO Inc. for its prototyping processes. The said machine which has been manufactured by Datron Systems Inc. is intended to design, manufacture, reduce costs, and leverage more in-house control of metal designs. According to ETCO, the machine has improved its prototyping processes, thus helping in the generation of more profits.
Reports on rapid prototyping research conducted by the United States Council for Automotive Research. Development of an advanced manufacturing system for prototype engineering; Evaluation of some methods in prototyping.
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.
Focuses on the truck prototyping services of Able Body Corp. Details on prototyping and thermoforming tooling; Major consideration in thermoform prototyping; Information on the Mastercam computer software used by the company.
Presents news briefs from the machinery industry in June 1999. Information on the performance of the rapid prototyping market in 1998; Reasons for companies to buy new machine tools and manufacturing equipment; Acquisition of Bates Technology Inc. by Textron Automotive Co. Inc.
Presents several products for the metalworking industry. Includes face drivers, precision chucks; High production HMC; Robotic changers; Prototyping system; Mini vises; Carbide drill; CNC tool grinder; Unattended VTL; Flexible VMC; Full taper-cutting EDM; Diamond/CBN thinwheels; CNC, DRO control; Tough turning centers; Multipurpose center.
Reports on the contributions of fine wire and research and development experience in pushing advancements in medical devices. Offerings of California Fine Wire; Details on the prototyping and tool design services of MedSource Technologies; Conventional uses of wire in medicine.
T & P: Tooling & Production. May2001, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p75. 2p. 5 Color Photographs.
ENGINEERING design, COMPUTER-aided design, and REVERSE engineering
Focuses on the increasing popularity of reverse engineering in design and prototyping processes. History of reverse engineering; Guidelines on using a coordinate measuring machine and computer-aided design (CAD) software; Elements of an ideal CAD software.
COMPUTER software, PROTOTYPE software, and MODELS & modelmaking
Features Prodigy, a software which was billed as the rapid prototyping industry's first office modeling system, developed by Stratasys Inc. Description of the modeling system; Factors that led to the development of the product; Adaptability of the software.