STANDARDS, THREE-dimensional printing, and MANUFACTURED products
The article features the firm Met-L-Flo Inc., which is a service company involved in product design, inspection and metrology, prototyping, bridge tooling, and manufacturing in North America as of July 2016. Also cited are the company's use of standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in its operation, and the new standards being developed in ASTM Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies.
RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, and POLYMERS
Reports innovations in rapid prototyping (RP) technology. Development of polymers used in RP equipment; Ability of using RP in production process; Changes in RP design to adopt with manufacturing process.
MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION engineering, INDUSTRIAL engineering, PRODUCTION methods, MANUFACTURING industries, INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTURES, and INDUSTRIAL arts
The article discusses the structural noncritical aspect or Area 3 of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) in the U.S. This is the aspect of DDM where some of the best applications in a traditional manufacturing environment can be found. These include load bearing and functional which can often be used to meet product life cycle and environmental concerns. The Area 4 or high complexity critical parts, is made up of load-bearing and safety-critical parts that have structural and performance requirements.