"User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping"
What is rapid prototyping? How does it work? What are the applications? What are the benefits? Limitations?
How does rapid prototyping compare to CNC machining? How do you evaluate, justify and implement rapid prototyping systems?
These questions and many more are answered in the "User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping," a book designed for those that are new to the technology that need to get up to speed quickly.
What You Will Learn
In an age where better, faster, and cheaper is the mantra for product development, rapid prototyping is recognized for its ability to help companies achieve these goals simultaneously. However, determining when to apply rapid prototyping requires an understanding of the technology, the process, and its strengths and weaknesses.
"User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping" will help designers, engineers, executive management, and others in the company understand how to apply rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printing, stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and fused deposition modeling to the product development process. Intertwined with rapid prototyping, the processes of rapid tooling and rapid manufacturing are also discussed.
An aid to making informed business decisions, the book provides information about when it may be right to implement rapid prototyping in-house versus going to a service provider. The path through justification, evaluation, and implementation is outlined. Readers will gain insights into the benefits, risks, and limitations of each technology.
A New Approach to the Topic of Rapid Prototyping
Tired of books that are too technical or books that discuss technologies that have long been obsolete? The "User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping" takes an entirely different approach. This book blends discussions of technologies, operations, applications, benefits and limitations with the real world business issues associated with investment in, and operation of, capital equipment. For example, following the review of strengths and weaknesses of four leading technologies, there are two chapters dedicated to the processes of justifying, evaluating and implementing a rapid prototyping system.
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