User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 404 pages
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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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Contents

What Is Rapid Prototyping?
3
Informed Decisions
9
Why Prototype?
24
Overview of Applications
31
Rapid Prototyping Systems Classifications
38
Future of Rapid Prototyping
47
The Rapid Prototyping Process
49
Process Strengths and Limitations
80
Additional Considerations
234
Defining Realistic Needs
240
Implementation
256
Conclusion
265
Rapid Manufacturing
283
Moving Forward
291
Future Developments
297
Conclusion
304

3D Printers
87
System Classification
94
Specialization Replaces General Purpose
103
Benefits
127
Conclusion
136
Summary
158
Process Detail
164
Comparison of Prototype Properties
171
Comparison of Operational Properties
195
Comparison of Applications
204
Conclusion
216
Developing a Justification
217
Snowshoe Design Hits the Fast Track
310
Ancient Greek Statue Reproduced with Rapid
314
Stereolithography and
320
Rapid Tooling Cuts Processing Time by 5075
328
3D Printer Applied to Functional Testing and Rapid
334
Big Rigs Benefit from Rapid Prototyping
341
PRO Series Power Fastening Tool Perfected with
347
Manufacturers
356
Events
362
Index
397
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