"User's Guide to Rapid Prototyping"

Table of Contents

RP book cover
  • Preface

  • Acknowledgement

  • Dedication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Rapid Prototyping

    • Creating Understanding and Awareness
    • What is Rapid Prototyping?
    • Detailed Technology Description
    • Shades of Gray
    • A Tool for Change
    • Informed Decisions

  • Chapter 2 - Overview of Rapid Prototyping

    • Definition of Rapid Prototyping
    • History of Rapid Prototyping
    • Timeline
    • Why Prototype?
    • Overview of Rapid Prototyping Benefits
    • Overview of Rapid Prototyping Applications
      • Product Development
      • Other Disciplines
    • Types of Rapid Prototyping Systems
      • 3D printers:
      • Enterprise Prototyping Centers
      • Direct Digital Tooling
      • Direct Digital Manufacturing
    • Overview of Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacturing
      • Rapid Tooling
      • Rapid Manufacturing
      • Future of Rapid Prototyping

  • Chapter 3 -The Rapid Prototyping Process

    • Process Overview
    • Process Detail
      • STL File Generation
        • CAD
        • STL File Creation
      • File Verification and Repair
      • Build File Creation
        • Part Orientation
        • Support structures
        • Part Placement
        • Slicing
        • Build File Creation
      • Part Construction
      • Part Cleaning and Finishing
        • Cleaning
        • Finishing
      • Conclusion
    • Process Strengths and Limitations
      • Strengths
      • Limitations
      • Strength, Weakness or Opportunity?

  • Chapter 4 - Classes of Rapid Prototyping Systems

    • 3D printers
    • Enterprise Prototyping Centers
    • Direct Digital Tooling
    • Direct Digital Manufacturing
    • System classification
      • Stereolithography
      • Selective Laser Sintering
      • Fused Deposition Modeling
      • Powder-Binder Printing
    • Specialization Replaces General-Purpose

  • Chapter 5 - Applications and Benefits of Rapid Prototyping

    • Applications
      • Design
      • Concept models
      • Form and fit checking
      • Ergonomic studies
      • Functional testing
      • Requesting price quotes
      • Proposals and presentations
      • CAD data verification
      • Design for manufacturing analysis
      • Patterns
    • Beyond Design Engineering
      • Rapid Tooling
      • Rapid Manufacturing
    • Beyond Design and Manufacturing
      • Science and Medicine
      • Building Construction and Architecture
      • Archeology, Paleontology and Forensic Science:
      • Miniaturization
    • Benefits of Rapid Prototyping
      • Time
      • Cost
      • Quality
      • Capability
      • For the Individual
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 6 -Comparing Rapid Prototyping to CNC Machining

    • Pragmatic Decisions
    • Process Comparison
      • Output Quality
        • Materials
        • Maximum part size
        • Part Complexity
        • Feature Detail
        • Dimensional Accuracy
        • Repeatability
        • Surface finish
      • Operations
        • Staffing
        • Skilled labor
        • Reliability
      • Time
        • Construction Time
        • Pre-processing Time
        • Post-processing Time
        • Total Lead Time
      • Cost
    • Summary

  • Chapter 7 -Rapid Prototyping System Review

    • Systems Reviewed
    • Process Overview
      • Stereolithography
      • Selective Laser Sintering
      • Fused Deposition Modeling
      • Powder-Binder Printing
    • Process Detail
      • Stereolithography
      • Selective Laser Sintering
      • Fused Deposition Modeling
      • Powder-Binder Printing
    • Comparison - Prototype Properties
      • Material Properties
      • Color
      • Dimensional Accuracy
      • Stability
      • Surface Finish
      • Feature Definition
      • Machinability
      • Environmental Resistance
      • Physical Size
    • Comparison - Operational Properties
      • Time
      • Support Structures
      • Post-Build Processing
    • Comparison - Prototype Applications
      • Concept Models
      • Form, Fit and Function Models
      • Patterns
      • Rapid Tooling
      • Rapid Manufacturing
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 8 - Developing a Justification for Rapid Prototyping

    • In-house and Service bureaus
    • Economic Justification
      • Strategies for Justification
    • Hidden Costs
      • System Expense
      • Facility Improvements
      • Staffing
      • Material Costs
      • Supporting Equipment
      • Maintenance
      • Cleaning and Finishing
      • Miscellaneous
    • Additional Considerations

  • Chapter 9: Evaluation and Implementation

    • The Challenge
    • Defining Realistic Needs
    • Evaluating Rapid Prototyping Systems
      • Materials
        • Properties
        • Speed
        • Cost
        • Safety and environmental
        • Other Considerations
      • Systems
        • Physical properties
        • Operational Criteria
    • Implementation
      • A Champion
      • Technology Implementation:
        • Front-End Systems
        • Rapid Prototyping Systems
        • Back-End Operations
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 10 - Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacturing

    • Definition of Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing
    • Years of Effort, Limited Use
    • Rapid Tooling
      • Indirect Processes
      • Limitations of Indirect Processes
      • Direct Processes
      • Limitations of Direct Processes
    • Rapid Tooling Future Developments
    • Rapid Manufacturing
      • Rapid Manufacturing Technologies
      • Rapid Manufacturing Limitations
      • Benefits of Rapid Manufacturing

  • Chapter 11 - Moving Forward

    • Introduction
    • Barriers to Growth
      • CAD
      • Better Materials
      • Improved Output
      • Easier to Use
      • Lower Cost
    • Future Developments
      • Standardization
      • Specialization
      • 3D Printing and Rapid Manufacturing
        • 3D Printing
        • Rapid Manufacturing
    • Conclusion

  • Case Studies - Appendix A

    • Rapid Prototyping Promotes More Design Iterations, Smoother Pilot Test
    • Snowshoe Design Hits the Fast Track
    • Finite Element Analysis Results Printed in 3D
    • Ancient Greek Statue Reproduced with Rapid Prototyping
    • Technology and Innovation Used to Boost Aging Product
    • Process Comparison: Stereolithography and RTV Molding
    • Rapid Prototyping Assists Surgeons Planning Separation of Conjoined Twins
    • Rapid Tooling Cuts Processing Time By 50% to 75%
    • Rapid Prototyping Credited for Multi-Million Dollar Contract
    • 3D Printer Applied to Functional Testing and Rapid Manufacturing
    • Chevy SSR Relies on Rapid prototyping
    • Big Rigs Benefit from Rapid Prototyping
    • BioMolecular Models for Research and Education
    • Ski Binding Innovation Fueled by Rapid Prototyping
    • PRO Series™ Power Fastening Tool Perfected with Rapid Prototyping

  • Rapid Prototyping Resources - Appendix B

    • Contributors
    • Manufacturers
      • Equipment
      • Materials
      • Repair, Parts, Service
      • Software
    • Consulting & Training
    • Publications
      • Books
      • Periodicals & Journals
    • Events
    • Information
      • Web Sites
      • Forums and Mail Lists
    • Associations
    • Research and Education

  • Rapid Prototyping Glossary - Appendix C

 

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