Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid by Ian Gibson, David Rosen, Brent Stucker

By Ian Gibson, David Rosen, Brent Stucker

This publication covers intimately many of the features of becoming a member of fabrics to shape elements. A conceptual evaluation of swift prototyping and layered production is given, starting with the basics in order that readers can wake up to hurry speedy. strange and rising purposes akin to micro-scale production, clinical functions, aerospace, and quick production also are mentioned. This ebook presents a complete evaluation of quick prototyping applied sciences in addition to aid applied sciences reminiscent of software program platforms, vacuum casting, funding casting, plating, infiltration and different systems.

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Reflects fresh advancements and tendencies and adheres to the ASTM, SI, and different standards

Includes chapters on car expertise, aerospace know-how and reasonably cheap AM technologies

Provides a large diversity of technical inquiries to confirm complete knowing of the strategies covered

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Furthermore, we will discuss how the application of Additive Manufacturing has evolved to include greater functionality and embrace a wider range of applications beyond the initial intention of just prototyping. 1 Introduction Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology came about as a result of developments in a variety of different technology sectors. Like with many manufacturing technologies, improvements in computing power and reduction in mass storage costs paved the way for processing the large amounts of data typical of modern 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models within reasonable time frames.

This is something that will be discussed in much more detail later on in this book. 2 Computer-Aided Engineering 3D CAD is an extremely valuable resource for product design and development. One major benefit to using software-based design is the ability to implement change easily and cheaply. If we are able to keep the design primarily in a software format for a larger proportion of the product development cycle, we can ensure that any design changes are performed virtually on the software description rather than physically on the product itself.

However, many professionals prefer the term “manufacturing” to “fabrication” since “fabrication” has some negative connotations that infer the part may still be a “prototype” rather than a finished article. Additionally, in some regions of the world the term fabrication is associated with sheet metal bending and related processes, and thus professionals from these regions often object to the use of the word fabrication for this industry. Additive manufacturing is, therefore, starting to become widely used, and has also been adopted by Wohlers in his most recent publications and presentations.

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