rapid manufacturing

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rapid manufacturing

Building parts out of plastic or metal one layer at a time using a method of additive fabrication such as 3D printing. Multiple pieces, either similar or dissimilar, can be built simultaneously. Rapid manufacturing evolved from some of the technologies used to build prototypes (see rapid prototyping). See 3D printing.
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The problem that Solid Freeform Fabrication is trying to solve is how to make one of something quickly without part-specific tooling or human intervention.
Hague, Topology optimization for additive manufacturing, presented at the Proceedings of the 24th Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (sFf' 11), 2011, pp.
Solid Freeform Fabrication technologies have demonstrated the potential to produce tooling with cooling channels, which are conformal to the molding cavity.
(2006) Laser printing of polymeric materials, 17th Solid Freeform Fabrication Conference, University of Texas.
Coverage includes modern metalworking machinery, tools, and measuring devices; mathematics for machinists and metalworkers; measures and conversions; properties, characteristics, and uses of materials; engineering drawing practices; computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering systems; tooling, die making, molds, jigs, and fixtures; sheet metal practices; solid freeform fabrication; steels and nonferrous alloys; castings, moldings extrusions, and powder-metal technology; plating practices and finishes for metal; fastening and joining techniques and hardware; safety practices; societies, associations, institutes, and specification authorities; and applicable American national standards.
He supervised programs such as Rapid Design Exploration and Optimization (RaDEO), Agile Manufacturing, and Solid Freeform Fabrication and Design Programs.
A Solid Freeform Fabrication Process called Three Dimensional Printing is applied to the fabrication of injection molding tooling with cooling channels which are conformal to the molding cavity.
A UK government funded research project seeks to create a viable process for manufacturing custom made ceramic based prostheses for the maxillofacial region using the rapid prototyping technique of Direct Writing, sometimes known as Solid Freeform Fabrication. In this process a ceramic slurry mixture is extruded to create a thin filament of material which can be built up layer by layer and 'freeze cast' by rapid cooling to create a complex 3D geometry specifically designed to match the needs of the patient.