Appliance Manufacturer. Feb1994, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p12. 1p. 1 Color Photograph, 1 Black and White Photograph.
Discusses the advancements in rapid-prototyping. Driving forces; Investment casting patterns and spray-metal molds; DTM Corp.'s system that will produce metal parts directly; Current use of selective laser sintering process; Economic impetus; Result of advancements in computer hardware and software.
Discusses the methods of rapid prototyping (RP). Reliance on CAD data; Comparison of accuracy of conventional techniques and RP methods; Most challenging part of the KitchenAir project. Robert Bosch Power Tool Corp.'s use of SLS; Key to rapid prototyping a muffler-assembly design used in Xerox copiers. INSETS: Selective laser sintering (SLS).;Fused deposition modeling (FDM).;Laminated object manufacturing (LOM).;Time is money.
REVCOR Inc., BECKETT Air Inc., and EMERSON Motor Co.
Reports on fan/blower suppliers' use of advanced equipment for rapid prototyping and quality testing. Revcor Cos.'s noise reduction efforts; Beckett Air Inc.'s use of digital testing meters; Emerson Motor Co.'s use of stereolithography apparatus.
Reports on AlSiMag Technical Ceramics' expansion of material capabilities for textile guide components with two new zirconia materials and three new alumina materials. Properties of AlSiMag's aluminas, titanias and zirconias; Special polishing techniques offered for especially demanding frictional characteristics; AlSiMag's establishment of a fast-turn prototyping concept.
Describes how various manufacturers of household appliances are benefitting from prototyping machines. Applications of stereolithography; Industrial Modern Pattern and Mold Corp.'s reaction-injection molding machine.
Reports on the use of rapid prototyping equipment and polyurethanes by engineers at Baxter Healthcare's Advanced Engineering Design Center (AEDC). Plastics used by Baxter for multiple prototypes; Comments of Terry Kreplin, manager of prototype development.
Reports that construction workers are using virtual equipment programs to learn to run equipment and also engineers are using this equipment to avoid miscalculations. Creation of training simulators; Different types of virtual prototyping; Place where simulators were on show; Advances for construction equipment.
Offers an economical alternative to traditional injection molding from MCL Prototypes of Cumming, Georgia. Results of being expensive and time consuming of traditional injection molding of ceramic parts; How standard shapes of several sizes and thicknesses can be made.
Deals with rapid prototyping (PR) processes which combine computer-aided design with a layering process to fabricate a part, whether it be plastic, metal or ceramic. The processes used for ceramic prototypes; Three levels of sophistication for rapid prototyping and tooling technology; Brief information about laminated object manufacturing; The third rapid prototyping process demonstrated by Lone Peak Engineering Inc.; More. INSET: Rapid prototyping...
Reports about the savings in production costs of Refrigeration Technology Group at Whirpool Corporation for developing freezer light using the FDM rapid prototyping technology. Comments of Mark Stout, Whirlpool product engineer designer about the freezer-light; Positive customer response of the product; Views of Steve Tolliver, project engineer and technical lead about the FDM; Benefits of the group in using the FDM technology.
Outlines tools and techniques for the detailed evaluation of ergonomics during prototyping of new-product design. Factors that can be used as test variables in studying human characteristics; Bases for the question in four intervals in relation to the human perception studies; Factors included in the ergonomic analysis.
Discusses the development of techno-advanced products from the Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle through partnership with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Teledyne Water Pik and Mid-South Industries. Introduction of the Teledyne Sensonic Plaque Removal system; Application of the gas-assisted, injection-molding; Use of the Pro/ENGINEER solid-modeling software for prototyping. INSET: Innovations..
Reports on Georgia Institute of Technology's establishment of the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (RPMI). Areas of focus of RPM; Modeling and predicting form errors in rapid prototyping parts.
MANUFACTURES, NEW product development, and QUALITY control
Offers manufacture tips for clearing away product-development roadblocks without sacrificing quality. Reducing parts libraries as well as suppliers; Taking a look at CAD/CAM/CAE options; Collaborating on the Internet; Considering contract services; Investigating advancements in prototyping.
MANUFACTURING processes and TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
Reports about the decision of NIST and two partners to survey the technology of rapid prototyping (RP) and solicit ideas from the United States industry on what standards and measurement-related issues on RP warrant the agency's attention. Reason for the survey; Use of the survey results to guide planning activities of the agency's Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.