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Rapid Manufacturing – The Future Of Production Systems

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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 - I

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12.1218.1 - 12.1218.14



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Zbigniew Czajkiewicz Robert Morris University


Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is currently an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and the Coordinator of Learning Factory at Robert Morris University. He has also served on the faculty of Texas Tech and Ohio Northern Universities. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. His interests lie in various fields of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.

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Ozden Uslu Robert Morris University

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Graduate Student in Engineering Management program

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Rapid Manufacturing – The Future of Production Systems

ABSTRACT Rapid Prototyping is a technology that converts three-dimensional computer models into physical parts typically by building layers upon layer of material. This technology has been serving designers for almost 20 years in support of demonstrating, testing, and confirming their designs early and frequently in the product development process. Increasing interest of designers in Rapid Prototyping (RP) in the last decade has led to development of new technologies and advancements in RP materials. Building a functional part or assembly directly from its CAD (Computer Aided Design) model gave manufacturers the opportunity of rapid and custom production capability of parts such as molds, inserts, tools, sub- assemblies and even final products. Hence, the term Rapid Manufacturing (RM) has been added to the terminology. It is unlikely that RM will replace mass-manufacturing techniques in the near future due to some constraints. However, for small lot productions, highly complex parts and increased customization demands by customers – Rapid Manufacturing may be the answer. Today, more than thirty companies around the world manufacture RP systems with different capacities and features. Rapid Prototyping / Manufacturing system producers utilize different technologies that require different materials. In this environment, manufacturing companies experience serious difficulties in search of appropriate materials and corresponding technologies for their use. This paper is aimed to present background on RP/RM technologies, current application fields of RM, comparison of RM with CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology, and a critical view of most commonly utilized RM methods. Moreover, emphasis on RP/RM education complements the first portion of the paper with inclusion of Robert Morris University Engineering Department efforts to use RP/RM in engineering curriculum and expand technology awareness among current and prospective engineers.

Background Rapid Prototyping is a fabrication technology that eliminates use of intermediary processes. RP parts are created directly from computer-aided design (CAD) models. Rapid prototyping

Czajkiewicz, Z., & Sirinterlikci, A., & Uslu, O. (2007, June), Rapid Manufacturing – The Future Of Production Systems Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1493

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