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Author Cormier, Denis ♦ Taylor, James
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Solvent Welded Rapid Prototype Tooling ♦ New Product ♦ Prototype Component ♦ Typical Process ♦ Effective Tool ♦ Solvent Welding Freeform Fabrication ♦ Component Part ♦ Inexpensive Relative ♦ Cad System ♦ Polyurethane Prototype Part ♦ Production Tooling ♦ Integral Part ♦ Assembly System ♦ Rtv Silicone Mold ♦ Mechanical Design Group ♦ Rapid Prototyping ♦ Simultaneous Engineering Process ♦ Traditional Rtv Silicone
Abstract : Rapid prototyping is widely seen as an effective tool for compressing time to market for new products. The typical process followed by industrial and mechanical design groups is to model a new product in a CAD system, rapidly prototype the component parts, use the parts as patterns for RTV silicone molds, and then cast polyurethane prototype parts from the molds. These prototype components are an integral part of the simultaneous engineering process. With prototype components, engineers are able to design, implement, test, and refine the assembly systems for a product while production tooling for the components is being made. In this paper, we describe an experimental rapid prototyping process, known as Solvent Welding Freeform Fabrication (SWIFT), that is very well suited to the production of short to medium run tooling. The advantage of the process is that it is very fast and inexpensive relative to the traditional RTV silicone mold making process. The process also produces ABS or ...
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Publisher Date 2000-01-01