Rapid manufacturing

Rapid manufacturing

Rapid Manufacturing is an additive fabrication technique for manufacturing solid objects by the sequential delivery of energy and/or material to specified points in space to produce that part. Current practice is to control the manufacturing process by computer using a mathematical model created with the aid of a computer. Rapid Manufacturing done in parallel batch production can provide a large advantage in speed and cost compared to alternative manufacturing techniques such as plastic injection molding or die casting. Rapid Manufacturing may involve custom parts, replacement parts, short run production, or series production. (When the part is used in the development process only, the appropriate term is Rapid Prototyping.)

Rapid Manufacturing for large products with layer-based manufacturing from metals, plastics, or composite materials is well known for several industrial applications in the military (MPH-Optomec) and aerospace (Boeing) sectors. Small products and microsystem applications are known in medical (Siemens) as well as consumer electronics, diagnostics and sensor technologies (microTEC). Batch production of very small parts by rapid manufacturing techniques like RMPD offer cost and time advantages. Increasingly, rapid manufacturing is being applied to automotive, motor sports, jewelry, dentistry, orthodontics, medicine and collectibles.


* Hopkinson, N. , Hague, R. , Dickens, P. (2005). " [http://www.wiley-vch.de/publish/en/books/bySubjectEE00/ISBN0-470-01613-2 Rapid Manufacturing (Abstract)] ". Germany: Wiley-VCH.
* Wright, Paul K. (2001). "21st Century manufacturing". New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
* Wohlers, T. (2007). " [http://wohlersassociates.com/2007info.htm Wohlers Report 2007] ". Wohlers Associates, Inc.
* Reinhardt et all. (2007) Freedom of Manufacturing by parallel batch production, technical and economical advantages for microsystems. Proceedings of the 1st European DAAAM International Young Researchers and Scientists Conference 24-27th October 2007 [http://www.daaam.com/daaam/Young/Young-2007.htm DAAAM]

ee also

*Solid freeform fabrication
*The TCT Magazine - Bi monthly magazine focusing on rapid product development
*Additive manufacturing

External links

* [http://rm-platform.com/ RM-Platform.com] European Technology Platform on Rapid Manufacturing
* [http://www.laser.ru/rapid/indexe.html Research and industrial applications of Rapid Technologies in Russia]
* [http://www.rapiman.net/ Rapiman Network of research and service-companies Slovenia]
* [http://www.rapidmfg.org/ Network of Rapid Manufacturing People]
* [http://www.rapidprototypinghomepage.com The Rapid Prototyping Home Page]
* [http://www.micronanomanufacturing.eu MINAM European Platform on Micro- and Nanomanufacturing ]
* [http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/mm/research/rapid-manufacturing/ Rapid Manufacturing Research Group] at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University
* [http://www.mec.cf.ac.uk Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC), Cardiff University, UK.] Rapid Manufacturing Research and Services.
* [http://wohlersassociates.com/Technical-Articles.html Technical Articles] - Articles on rapid manufacturing from Wohlers Associates USA
* [http://www.microtec-d.com/ RM based manufacturing up to 1 mio parts per run per system] - Articles on rapid manufacturing for small parts and mems Germany

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