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This article reviews various rapid prototyping (RP) processes, such as stereolithography, powder sintering, hot melt extrusion, sheet lamination, solid ground curing, and three-dimensional printing. It discusses various material prototypes produced by RP technology. The list of materials includes particulate and fiber-reinforced polymer, ceramic-matrix composites, and metal-matrix composites. The article provides information on freeform-fabrication techniques for composite part lay-up.

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David L. Bourell, Joseph J. Beaman, Jr., Donald Klosterman, Ian Gibson, Amit Bandyopadhyay, Rapid Prototyping, Composites, Vol 21, ASM Handbook, Edited By Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson, ASM International, 2001, p 383–387,

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