"Software Solutions for Rapid Prototyping" goes to the heart of RP. It is the software programming that drives the modelling, execution, and creation of the actual models linking to the CAD packages. Advances and refinements in software and its integrationto RP systems are providing new and innovative solutions to RP problems. This book is written by a team of experts this book will help extend the usefulness of the technology. Rapid Prototyping is a technology that is now common use in industry. Some companies outsource this work to specialist suppliers and consultants. Others have brought the technology in house. There is, therefore, interest in this field from both academics and industry, but much of the development is still done by researchers in academic settings funded by industry. It features: RP database systems; Heterogeneous solid modelling for RP; Decision support systems; Reverse engineering and RP; and, Virtual reality support for RP. Those involved in RP technologies in industry and in academia will find this book invaluble in the development of their work.
Manufacturing industries, product designers, software developers for design, manufacturing, and RP, all need to know about the scope and opportunities that software solutions can offer them.
Part 1 Advanced pre-processor functionality for layered manufacturing: functionality of commercial LM software; advanced functionality of LM pre-processor; distributed intelligent pre-processor; conclusions. Part 2 A web-based database system for RP machines, processes and materials selection: introduction; methodology; system implementation; an extended database system for RP decision support. Part 3 Rapid prototyping and manufacturing (RP&M) benchmarking: review of RP&M benchmark parts; types of RP&M benchmarks; towards generalized benchmark parts; process benchmarks; framework for process benchmarking; RP&M material selection; integration with database for decision support; conclusion; appendices. Part 4 Decision support and system selection for RP: selection methods for a part; a rapid prototype system selection guide; production planning and control; open problems. Part 5 Adaptive slicing for rapid prototyping; CAD/CAM/RP data processing; fundamentals of adaptive slicing; advanced adaptive slicing; conclusion. Part 6 Multi-material representation and design issues: literature review; MMA-rep, a V-representation for multi-material objects; applications; conclusion. Part 7 Feature methodologies for heterogeneous object realization: literature review; feature-based design for heterogeneous objects; constructive feature operations and material heterogeneity modelling; feature-based fabrication in layered manufacturing; conclusion and future work. Part 8 CAD modelling and slicing of heterogeneous objects for layered manufacturing: heterogeneous solid modelling; discussion on example cases; slicing and contours generation for fabricating heterogeneous objects; conclusion. Part 9 Reverse engineering and rapid prototyping: how to obtain point cloud - three-dimensional digitizing; from the point cloud to the object - reverse engineering; verification. Part 10 Virtual prototyping - a step before physical prototyping: virtual prototyping; the .STL format; previous work; IVECS, the interactive virtual environment for the correction of .STL files; conclusion. Part 11 Open issues: process constraints; generalization versus specialization; design constraints (user interface); database maintenance and validation; standards; data exchange; design opportunities; medical issues; scale; virtual reality; conclusion.