Rapid Prototyping

Laser-based and Other Technologies

  • Patri K. Venuvinod
  • Weiyin Ma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 1-23
  3. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 25-55
  4. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 57-74
  5. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 75-134
  6. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 135-194
  7. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 195-244
  8. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 245-277
  9. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 279-310
  10. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 311-327
  11. Patri K. Venuvinod, Weiyin Ma
    Pages 329-344
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 345-389

About this book


Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has been engaged in the conception and manufacture of discrete products to serve the functional needs of local customers and the tools (technology) needed by other craftsmen. In fact, much of the progress in civilization can be attributed to progress in discrete product manufacture. The functionality of a discrete object depends on two entities: form, and material composition. For instance, the aesthetic appearance of a sculpture depends upon its form whereas its durability depends upon the material composition. An ideal manufacturing process is one that is able to automatically generate any form (freeform) in any material. However, unfortunately, most traditional manufacturing processes are severely constrained on all these counts. There are three basic ways of creating form: conservative, subtractive, and additive. In the first approach, we take a material and apply the needed forces to deform it to the required shape, without either adding or removing material, i. e. , we conserve material. Many industrial processes such as forging, casting, sheet metal forming and extrusion emulate this approach. A problem with many of these approaches is that they focus on form generation without explicitly providing any means for controlling material composition. In fact, even form is not created directly. They merely duplicate the external form embedded in external tooling such as dies and molds and the internal form embedded in cores, etc. Till recently, we have had to resort to the 'subtractive' approach to create the form of the tooling.


CNC basics creativity laser selective laser sintering

Authors and affiliations

  • Patri K. Venuvinod
    • 1
  • Weiyin Ma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-6361-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-5388-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-6361-4
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