COMPUTER-aided engineering, SOLID freeform fabrication, and PROTOTYPES
Focuses on virtual prototyping, the visualization and testing of computer-aided design models on a computer before they are physically created. Applications; Process description; Limitations of rapid prototyping or solid freeform fabrication; Cost issues; Factors engineers should consider before creating a rapid prototype.
Discusses the emergence of high-tech tools for prototyping engineered products. Industry efforts to accelerate rapid prototyping research; List of machine prototypes; Features and functions. INSET: IBM enters rapid prototyping..
THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, RAPID prototyping, BIOPRINTING, and BUSINESS enterprises
The article examines the best applications of 3-D printing and its implications for companies. Topics covered include how factors such as cost, materials, resolution, part size, and mechanical properties are different based on the type of 3-D printing machine used, the seven dimensions of 3-D printing, and how 3-D printing will continue to improve and expand into more applications.
RAPID prototyping, HUMANITARIAN assistance, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, HOUSING development, EMERGENCY housing, BUILDING repair, DISASTER relief, CRISIS management, and SYSTEMS theory
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.
WATER bikes, RAPID prototyping, ELECTRIC vehicle batteries, AERODYNAMICS, and PRODUCT design
The article offers information on the Hydrofoiler XE-1 hydrofoiler bike watercraft conceptualized and developed by Guy Howard-Willis and his partner Roland Alonzo. Topics discussed include the application of rapid validation in designing and drafting prototypes, testing of critical components like the battery and motor, and implementation of aerodynamic design.
Reports on developments in engineering prototyping and modeling systems. Soligen Inc.'s use of a multiple-jet printhead to print binder onto ceramic powder layers; Stratasys Inc.'s rapid prototyping systems; Helisys Inc.'s upgrade packages in each of its laminated object manufacturing systems; 3D Systems Inc.'s AccuMax; Cubital America Inc.'s software feature for its Solider rapid prototyping machine.
Focuses on the improvements in the boundaries of rapid prototyping technique. Evolutions of the techniques; Use of the stereolithography resins in rubber molding; Developments in the process of rapid prototyping. INSET: Stereolithography Cuts Its Teeth.
Reports on Valencia, California-based 3D Systems Corp.'s release of Maestro Workstation 1.7 for the preparation of CAD files for the vendor's sterolithography apparatus in rapid prototyping and manufacturing applications. Part Manager; 3dverify; View; Vista module; CSlice; Converge.
COMPUTER software industry, BUSINESS enterprises, and COMPUTER industry
Reports on growth in systems performance modeling software industry by a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based market research firm Daratech Inc. Possible reasons for growth in the sector; Reasons for investments in digital prototyping technology.
Reports on the use of the Cubital 5600 prototyping machine developed by Cubital for the creation of pump-component prototypes that are ten to 15 times faster that other rapid-prototyping methods. Description of the prototyping process; Use of the machine by Ahlstrom Machinery for surface finishing of its pump impellers.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, COST control, MANUFACTURING processes, and NEW product development
The article reports that faster prototyping machines and better materials allow companies to manufacture short-run production parts economically. From hearing aid ear inserts and sunglasses to jet fighter ductwork and medical implants, companies are using direct manufacturing to reduce costs, speed new products to market, and produce short runs without molds or dies. Improved rapid prototyping materials play a large role in this push into the manufacturing mainstream.
CONSTRUCTION materials and TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
Reports that Stratasys Inc. has introduced an elastomeric building material for use with the company's FDM 1650 and FDM 2000 rapid-prototyping systems. Pounds per square inch of the flexural modulus; Prospective industries for the new technology.
Reports on Texas-based DTM Corp.'s introduction of two new polymers for use in its Sinterstation family of rapid-prototyping systems. Elastomeric polymer called DuPont Somos; Enabling of DTM selective-laser-sintering machines to make functional prototypes; High-performance thermoplastic called VeriForm polymer; Nylonlike substance.
Reports on DTM Corp.'s joint research program with Loral Vought Systems Corp., Austin, Texas-based University of Texas, and Bayside Materials Technology to develop and demonstrate an advanced processing technology involving rapid prototyping and hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Description of the program; Features of the proposed technology.