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Solid Freeform Fabrication: A New Direction in Manufacturing

with Research and Applications in Thermal Laser Processing

  • Joseph J. Beaman
  • Joel W. Barlow
  • David L. Bourell
  • Richard H. Crawford
  • Harris L. Marcus
  • Kevin P. McAlea

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 1-21
  3. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 23-49
  4. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 51-84
  5. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 85-119
  6. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 121-165
  7. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 167-243
  8. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 245-278
  9. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 279-290
  10. Joseph J. Beaman, Joel W. Barlow, David L. Bourell, Richard H. Crawford, Harris L. Marcus, Kevin P. McAlea
    Pages 291-320
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 321-330

About this book

Introduction

Solid Freeform Fabrication is a set of manufacturing processes that are capable of producing complex freeform solid objects directly from a computer model of an object without part-specific tooling or knowledge. In essence, these methods are miniature manufacturing plants which come complete with material handling, information processing and materials processing. As such, these methods require technical knowledge from many disciplines; therefore, researchers, engineers, and students in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering and Materials and Computer Science will all find some interest in this subject. Particular subareas of concern include manufacturing methods, polymer chemistry, computational geometry, control, heat transfer, metallurgy, ceramics, optics, and fluid mechanics. History of technology specialists may also find Chapter 1 of interest. Although this book covers the spectrum of different processes, the emphasis is clearly on the area in which the authors have the most experience, thermal laser processing. In particular, the authors have all been developers and inventors of techniques for the Selective Laser Sintering process and laser gas phase techniques (Selective Area Laser Deposition). This is a research book on the subject of Solid Freeform Fabrication.

Keywords

ceramics chemistry computer control fluid mechanics laser manufacturing material materials mechanics metallurgy metals polymer selective laser sintering sintering

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph J. Beaman
    • 1
  • Joel W. Barlow
    • 1
  • David L. Bourell
    • 1
  • Richard H. Crawford
    • 1
  • Harris L. Marcus
    • 2
  • Kevin P. McAlea
    • 3
  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.DTM CorporationAustinUSA

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