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Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications

Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications

Rafiq I. Noorani

ISBN: 978-0-471-73001-9

Oct 2005

400 pages

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Rapid prototyping is a faster, more cost-effective method for building prototypes from three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. Rapid Prototyping provides a fundamental overview of the general manufacturing process and presents the principles and applications of designing and fabricating parts in a format that makes learning easy. This user-friendly text features basic information on layered manufacturing processes, the essential vocabulary of nomenclature, numerous review exercises, case studies, a full section of rapid prototyping applications, helpful material for further study, applications to real-world problems, and more.

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About the Author.

1 Introduction.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 World of RP.

1.3 History of RP.

1.4 Development of RP Systems.

1.5 Applications in Education and Industry.

1.6 Case Study: Fabricating a Prototype Using 3D Printing.

1.7 Summary.

2 Principles of Rapid Prototyping.

2.1 Principles of Automated Processes.

2.2 RP Fundamentals.

2.3 Problems with STL File Format.

2.4 Other Translators.

2.5 Case Study: Designing and Prototyping a Spur Gear.

2.6 Summary.

3 Liquid-Based RP Systems.

3.1 Classification of RP Systems.

3.2 3D Systems’ Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA).

3.3 D-MEC’s Solid Creation System.

3.4 CMET Solid Object UV Laser Plotter.

3.5 Summary.

4 Solid-Based RP Systems.

4.1 Stratasys’ Fused Deposition Modeling Systems.

4.2 Helysis Laminated Object Manufacturing System.

4.3 Solidscape’s 3D Printing and Deposition Milling.

4.4 3D Systems’ Multijet Modeling System.

4.5 KIRA’s Selective Adhesive and Hot Pass (SAHP) System.

4.6 Summary.

5 Powder-Based RP Systems.

5.1 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering.

5.2 MIT’s Three-Dimensional Printing.

5.3 Z Corporation’s Process (Z406 System).

5.4 Soligen’s Direct Shell Production Casting.

5.5 EOS’s Laser Sintering Systems.

5.6 e-Manufacturing using Laser Sintering.

5.7 Summary.

6 Materials for Rapid Prototyping.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Types of Materials.

6.3 Liquid-Based Materials.

6.4 Solid-Based Materials.

6.5 Powder-Based Materials.

6.6 Case Study.

6.7 Summary.

7 Reverse Engineering.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Measuring Devices.

7.3 CAD Model Construction from Point Clouds.

7.4 Data-Handling and Reduction Methods.

7.5 Applications and Trends.

7.6 Case Study.

7.7 Summary.

8 Rapid Tooling.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Indirect Methods of RT.

8.3 Direct Methods of RT.

8.4 Case Study: Sheet-Metal Forming by RT.

8.5 Summary.

9 Medical Applications in Rapid Prototyping.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Medical Applications of RP.

9.3 Types of Medical Imaging.

9.4 Software for Making Medical Models.

9.5 Medical Materials.

9.6 Other Applications.

9.7 Summary.

10 Industry Perspectives.

10.1 Guidelines for Implementation.

10.2 Operating Issues.

10.3 Managing Issues.

10.4 Service Bureaus.

10.5 Rapid Prototyping Consortia.

10.6 Present and Future Trends.

10.7 Summary.

11 Research and Development.

11.1 Improvement of FDM Process Using Design of Experiment.

11.2 Improvement of Part Accuracy.

11.3 Effects of Cryogenic Processing on RP Materials.

11.4 New Technologies.

11.5 Summary.

Appendix A: RP Resources.

Appendix B: Worldwide RP System Manufacturers.

Appendix C: Rapid Tooling Technology Suppliers.

Appendix D: RP Software Developers.

Appendix E: RP Material Suppliers.


List of Abbreviations.


  • The only book available that covers all aspects of rapid prototyping from the technology itself through the materials used to the industry applications. 
  • Written for classroom use: includes problems and cases studies. 
  • Includes a chapter on the global RP industry as a whole which is unavailable anywhere else.