Rapid Prototyping and Low Volume Manufacture

  • William M. Steen


In recent years two things have happened. The first is the astounding growth of computer memories which now allow the design of “three dimensional” models which can be rotated, visualised, surfaces accurately placed in a 3D coordinate system, surface tangents and normals calculated and the model can be sliced. The second is the invention of the laser and methods for accurately guiding the finely focussed beam. The result of combining the two is the growth of a new industrial sector in rapid construction of models, prototypes or manufactured parts for small batch runs of up to a few 100 pieces. The construction can be done within a small number of working hours, fully automatically using a powerful computer, a very flexible fabrication system and some after treatment techniques.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William M. Steen
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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