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ASM Handbook

Materials Selection and Design

Edited by
George E. Dieter
George E. Dieter
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ASM International
Volume
20
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-194-8
Publication date:
1997
Book Chapter

Rapid Prototyping

By
Charles L. Thomas
Charles L. Thomas
University of Utah
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Published:
1997
Page range:
231 - 239

Abstract

Rapid prototyping (RP) is a field in manufacturing involving techniques/devices that produce prototype parts directly from computer-aided design models in a fraction of the time. This article discusses the principles of RP and three major commercial processes, based on their layer creation method. These include selective cure layered processes, extrusion/droplet deposition processes, and sheet form fabricators. The article provides information on the three classes of RP, namely, voxel sequential volume addition, periphery cutting, and area sequential volume addition. It presents equations that represent build times for each of the three classes.

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Charles L. Thomas, 1997. "Rapid Prototyping", Materials Selection and Design, George E. Dieter

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