Computerworld. Nov 9, 1992, Vol. 26 Issue 45, p77, 2 p. cartoon
Rapid Prototyping, Time to Market, Manufacturing, Cost Reduction, Product Life Cycle, Computer-aided manufacturing, and Computer-aided manufacturing -- Usage
Desktop manufacturing, also known as rapid prototyping, enables companies to drastically reduce the cost and time to market for products. Companies that invest between $300,000 and $500,000 in rapid prototyping equipment can transform computer-aided design (CAD) drawings into parts as large as 20-by-20-by-30 inches without ever having to use a machining tool; the cost and time reductions for the process ranges from 30 to 95 percent. Desktop manufacturing enables engineers to catch and remedy problems early on the manufacturing process. Normally, manufacturing design requires a host of engineers and shop machinists, and involves a process of time-consuming fine-tuning.
Computerworld. Dec 16, 1991, Vol. 25 Issue 50, p73, 2 p.
Management of EDP, Programming Management, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Application Development, User-Written Software, Computer programming -- Management, and Software
More and more information systems departments are turning to rapid deployment methods to reduce application development time from months to weeks. A typical traditional software development plan could require a year or more; some in-house programs today are completed in a matter of days. Developers work closely with users, who often find that requirements change substantially between the time an application is ordered and the time it is delivered. Object-oriented programming replaces rigid step-by-step methods with graphical icons representing discrete code modules, and modular code can be reused or swapped out and moved into new applications. One problem with the implementation of rapid development is adjusting to the faster pace of change.
Computerworld. Nov 9, 1992, Vol. 26 Issue 45, p81, 1 p. chart
Rapid Prototyping, Turnkey System, New Technique, Computer-aided design, 3D Systems Corp. -- Product information, Cubital America Inc. -- Product information, Helisys Inc. -- Product information, DTM Corp. -- Product information, Light Sculpting Inc. -- Product information, Stratasys Ltd. -- Product information, and Turnkey systems (Computers) -- Usage
Six desktop manufacturing systems, with their respective approaches, are presented. The vendors include 3D Systems Inc, Cubital America Inc, Helisys Inc, DTM Corp, Light Sculpting Inc and Stratasys Inc. Their approaches, which are detailed with pros and cons, are respectively: stereolithography apparatus, solid base curing, laminated object manufacturing, selective laser sintering, photosolidification systems and fused deposition modeling. There are currently 12 vendors supporting desktop manufacturing technology, which is also known as rapid prototyping.
Computerworld. August 31, 1992, Vol. 26 Issue 35, p85, 1 p. table
Industry Analysis, C Programming Language, Rapid Prototyping, Computer-Aided Software Engineering, Software Engineering, Compiler/decompiler, Application Development Software, Compilers, and Program Development Software -- Usage
A new breed of C generators are dramatically speeding up applications development for the Microsoft Windows graphical user environment. The generators lack the complete features of a computer-aided software engineering tool. They do, however, allow for the design and testing of applications visually, and the generation of C program code. The development time can be a tenth of the time it would take to hand-code Windows applications. Application generators go directly from design to coding, without the built-in higher level function capabilities of most CASE software. The lack of full-blown CASE functions makes them less useful for large scale programming projects that require continuous maintenance and revision. Analysts maintain though that their strength lies in the ability to develop applications quickly and in their support of rapid prototyping functions.