Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, Manufacturing processes, Housing development, Crisis management, Systems theory, Humanitarian assistance, Emergency housing, Building repair, and Disaster relief
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.
SILICON Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.), MANUFACTURING processes, FACTORIES, COMPUTER integrated manufacturing systems, ROBOTICS, and RAPID prototyping
The article looks at high-tech manufacturing taking place in Silicon Valley, California. It notes that traditional assembly-line manufacturing jobs largely have left the area, mentioning factory closings by computer company Apple in 1992 and semiconductor company Intel in 2009. It says that ultramodern factories have been opening in the area, however, characterized by the use of computer-controlled machines or robots and flexible production processes that can be rapidly modified for design changes or new product prototypes. Manufacturing companies discussed include general electronics maker Flextronics, computer storage hardware maker Violin Memory, electric car maker Tesla Motor, and medical device maker Intuitive Surgical.
Orange County Business Journal; 8/6/2007, Vol. 30 Issue 32, p8-8, 1/2p
RAPID prototyping, EDUCATIONAL programs, PROTOTYPES, and MANUFACTURING processes
The article focuses on an educational program at Saddleback College Advanced Technology Center in Mission Viejo, California. This program employs rapid prototyping for certifying technicians. The rapid prototyping machines take computer designs and transform them into products forged from ceramics, plastics and other materials. Objects are built by adding layers of material according to their designs.
Recently formed Rapid Product Development Group Inc. (RPDG) of Escondido, California, is completing agreements for a Taiwan firm to make tools and a Chinese business to provide toolmaking, injection molding and assembly. The firm was formed in September to create prototypes and deliver long-run projects to contract manufacturers. Moran was vice president of Arrk Product Development Group in San Diego. RPDG has a 15,000-square-foot prototype facility using the services of a Tijuana, Mexico, shelter operator.