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Applications of rapid prototyping


. given that a computer model of the part has been generated on a CAD system.Rapid Prototyping A family of fabrication processes developed to make engineering prototypes in minimum lead time based on a CAD model of the item Rapid prototyping allows a part to be made in hours or days.

. the designer can see and feel the part and assess its merits and shortcomings. *Using RP to make the prototype.Why is Rapid Prototyping Important? Product designers want to have a physical model of a new part or product design rather than just a computer model or line drawing *Creating a prototype is an integral step in design. *A virtual prototype may not be sufficient for the designer to visualize the part adequately.

Adds layers of material one at a time to build the solid part from bottom to top .Two Basic Categories used in RP: 1. 2. Material addition RP. Material removal RP. using a dedicated CNC machine that is available to the design department on short notice. . machining.

• Alternative names for RP: – Layer manufacturing – Direct CAD manufacturing – Solid freeform fabrication – Rapid prototyping and manufacturing. not just prototypes . • RP technologies are being used increasingly to make production parts and production tooling.

Solid-based 3. Liquid-based 2. The RP classification used here is based on the form of the starting material: 1.Classification of RP Technologies. Powder-based .

*In coin industry system using CAD/CAM. . CNC and RP technologies. *Similar to the jewelry industry.RP technology in coin industry. *It has traditionally increase regarded labor intensive and crafts based.

(triangular mesh generate on the coin surface).generation of the relief(each color assign in the shape profile) 4th step . (this is to be used for building the RP model) .Steps followed… 1st step . 5th step – convert the triangular mesh file in to STL file format.wrapping of the 3D relief on to the coin surfaces. 2nd step .generation of the surfaces.2D art work has read into art cam and cad cam system.(shape of the coin generated) 3rd step .

2. 3. Design.Applications… 1. Engineering analysis and planning . Tooling and manufacturing. .

Reduced lead times to produce prototypes. Early detection of design errors . II.Design Applications I. . III. Improved ability to visualize part geometry.

Engineering Analysis and Planning… a) Comparison of different shapes and styles to determine aesthetic appeal b) Wind tunnel testing of streamline shapes c) Stress analysis of physical model d) Fabrication of pre-production parts for process planning and tool design .

Tooling Applications… Two approaches for tool-making: 1. Direct RTM method . Indirect RTM method 2.

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