Rapid Manufacturing is a new area of manufacturing developed from afamily of technologies known as Rapid Prototyping. These processeshave already had the effect of both improving products and reducingtheir development time; this in turn resulted in the development ofthe technology of Rapid Tooling, which implemented RapidPrototyping techniques to improve its own processes. RapidManufacturing has developed as the next stage, in which the needfor tooling is eliminated. It has been shown that it iseconomically feasible to use existing commercial Rapid Prototypingsystems to manufacture series parts in quantities of up to 20,000and customised parts in quantities of hundreds of thousands. Thisform of manufacturing can be incredibly cost-effective and theprocess is far more flexible than conventional manufacturing.
Rapid Manufacturing: An Industrial Revolution for the DigitalAge addresses the academic fundamentals of Rapid Manufacturingas well as focussing on case studies and applications across a widerange of industry sectors. As a technology that allowsmanufacturers to create products without tools, it enablespreviously impossible geometries to be made. This book is abundantwith images depicting the fantastic array of products that are nowbeing commercially manufactured using these technologies.
* Includes contributions from leading researchers working at theforefront of industry.
* Features detailed illustrations throughout.
Rapid Manufacturing: An Industrial Revolution for the DigitalAge is a groundbreaking text that provides excellent coverageof this fast emerging industry. It will interest manufacturingindustry practitioners in research and development, product designand materials science, as well as having a theoretical appeal toresearchers and post-graduate students in manufacturingengineering, product design, CAD/CAM and CIFM.