"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.

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This 404-page, hard cover book is available for only $98.00. To purchase your copies of "User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping", visit SME's online store.


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.

For additional information, including sample pages, on "User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping", visit the links on the left hand side of the page. To purchase the book, visit SME's online store.

ISBN: 0872636976

About the Author

Todd Grimm has been active in the field of rapid prototyping since 1990 and is considered to be one of the leading experts on the topic. His experience with the technology comes from hands-on work with various rapid prototyping systems in a service bureau environment. Today, Todd is a consultant on rapid prototyping.

Todd GrimmWhile this is his first book, Todd is recognized as an accomplished author with dozens of articles and white papers to his credit. Currently, he authors a column in the leading magazine on rapid prototyping, Time-Compression Technologies.

Todd is also recognized as one of the top speakers in the rapid prototyping industry. Over the past decade, he has delivered dozens of presentations, seminars, lectures and keynote addresses.

A graduate of Purdue University, Todd received a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering in 1985.


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