User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping
This book provides a baseline of rapid prototyping technologies to guide users and business leaders through the evaluation, justification, and implementation process. Rapid prototyping is a powerful tool for design, engineering and manufacturing, and is used in nearly every industry that manufactures mechanical components. This book fills the knowledge gap for the industry novice through an in-depth analysis of the various rapid prototyping technologies and processes. It also covers the technology's strengths, limitations, benefits and associated costs to aid the decision making process. Also included are comparisons to other processes such as CNC machining. In an age where better, faster, cheaper is the mantra for product development, this book offers invaluable information that will help you decide if rapid prototyping is the right tool to solve your specific design and manufacturing challenges.
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Defining Realistic Needs
Specialization Replaces General Purpose
Comparison of Prototype Properties
Comparison of Operational Properties
Comparison of Applications
Developing a Justification
Snowshoe Design Hits the Fast Track
Ancient Greek Statue Reproduced with Rapid
Rapid Tooling Cuts Processing Time by 5075
3D Printer Applied to Functional Testing and Rapid
Big Rigs Benefit from Rapid Prototyping
PRO Series Power Fastening Tool Perfected with
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Page xiv - Acknowledgments This book would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of many people.
Page 7 - Although this change will come in many forms and take years to develop, two key elements are collaboration and innovation. Design engineering and manufacturing engineering need to eliminate the barriers between the departments. Rather than "throwing a design over the wall," design and manufacturing should communicate early in the process. This communication will produce a better product at less cost and in less time. To innovate, change is required, and this change demands that nothing is taken for...