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Process Capabilities Of Rp Systems And Their Implementation In Academics And Industrial Outreach

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing Education II

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12.1186.1 - 12.1186.9



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jack danziger Rochester Institute of Technology

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is currently working on receiving a BS degree in MET and a MS degree in professional studies with concentrations in industrial design and product development. He has attended the Danish Design School in Copenhagen, Denmark studying Scandinavian Furniture Design where he designed and constructed prototype furniture. He is currently focused on developing techniques for using rapid prototyped parts to create short run molds for use in composite construction. His research interest include rapid manufacturing, rapid prototyping, product innovation and commercialization, and rapid product development

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David Street Rochester Institute of Technology

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David M. Street received BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is graduate student at RIT in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration department. His research interest includes rapid prototyping, product innovation & commercialization, and rapid product development.

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William Leonard Rochester Institute of Technology

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is the program chair has been on faculty in the MET Department at Rochester Institute of Technology since 1998. Bill has a BSME from the College of Engineering at RIT and an M.S. at RIT. He has specialized in the rapid prototyping of products using physical modeling systems such as CNC, rubber molding, and 3D printing machines such as Fused Deposition Modeling, Selective Laser Sintering, and wax based lay up systems. His research interests include rapid product development with a focus on innovation and commercialization.

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Process Capabilities of RP Systems and Their Implementation in Academics and Industrial Outreach


Rapid Prototyping (RP) is widely used as a tool to create cosmetic parts and non-working models in disciplines from Industrial Design to Engineering. With the maturity of RP, there is an impetus to further use this technology in Manufacturing. One use is exposing fabrication problems not readily observed either on-screen or in print. Another use for RP is to provide functional parts for assemblies before permanent tooling is made. This allows problems in the field to be quickly addressed providing faster response time and greater customer satisfaction. There is a need to better understand the tolerance capabilities of RP. The experimental focus is on Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) experience using Z-Corporation’s Spectrum Z510 RP system in the Center for Product Innovation and Commercialization (CPIC). The process capabilities of this system, using statistical process control charts, will lead to better understanding of part accuracy. Typical problems experienced and the techniques used to overcome these problems will be addressed. Issues such as costs, feasibility of use, and benefits within the academic environment and industrial outreach will be explored.


In the past twenty years RP has seen an increase in use amongst product design disciplines. In an evolving global market a paradigm shift has facilitated the need for rapid product development (RPD). RPD can be defined as an interdisciplinary methodology to combine all influences of engineering to an iterative product development process.1 RP machines offer the ability to quickly build physical models from concept. Prototyping allows developers to address design issues before considering manufacturing processes. This aligns with quality assurance programs in that the design process is front loaded, exposing mistakes before capital is invested in manufacturing. Introduction to the tools and best practices used in industry will enhance the development of educated students.

The roles of designers, engineers and manufactures are being fused. With cross-functional teams being more prevalent in industry, tools such as RP machines are increasing productivity. RIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Department has developed the CPIC through funds provided by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The center is intended to strengthen RIT’s academic environment and provide industrial and educational outreach to neighboring colleges. Allowing students access to state of the art technology gives them an advantage in product development and manufacturing. This boosts interest in academic and personal entrepreneurial projects while at the same time offers exposure to multiple fields of study.

danziger, J., & Street, D., & Leonard, W. (2007, June), Process Capabilities Of Rp Systems And Their Implementation In Academics And Industrial Outreach Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2833

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