An essential component of the platform is dedicated to the rapid prototyping
in the control task, focused on the dSPACE equipment.
This is no longer the case as rapid prototyping
has spread into other industries.
According to Crump, rapid prototyping
has blossomed only in the last four years with the advent of faster and less expensive systems.
Manufactures solid-imaging systems and materials for rapid prototyping
, rapid tooling, and rapid manufacturing.
When time is of the essence for shape or production of cast metal components, metalcasters are discovering that rapid prototyping
for investment casting can eliminate errors in production tooling or eliminate tooling in general, which in turn saves money and improves leadtimes.
While this year's award winning plant--John Deere Foundry, Waterloo, Iowa--has definitely raised fine bar on rapid prototyping
by producing an engineered component via traditional nobake molding in less than 12 hrs, its success also is one every metalcasting facility from green sand to diecasting and from steel to magnesium can relate to and learn from.
The growing importance of rapid prototyping
and rapid tooling was a prominent theme of the recent annual conference and design competition of the SPI Structural Plastics Div.
While rapid prototyping
has changed the face of manufacturing and the ability to quickly produce component models to test for form fit and function, it is not without its problems when used in metalcasting.
Recent developments in rapid prototyping
systems will also get exposure in Chicago.
Combining the international engine group's foundry and sand casting experience (it has foundries in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Indianapolis) with Clinkenbeard's rapid prototyping
knowledge, the Clinkenbeard Process was born (and a patent has been awarded) as a method to machine sand mold copes and drags and cores from blocks of cured sand.