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.