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From Rapid Prototyping to Rapid Manufacturing

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Rapid Prototyping is now a well introduced technique to convert CAD and other unique geometry data into physical models by an automatic process. This paper describes the basic principles and the most widely used commercial processes, which build parts by adding material layer by layer with an imaging method. Some features which distinguish these techniques are discussed, as well as the materials which can be used. The last section describes the emerging use of RP machines and materials for digital fabrication (or Rapid Manufacturing) with some practical examples.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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