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Rapid Prototyping Cases For Integrated Design And Manufacturing Engineering Education With 3 D Internet Support

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Using IT to Enhance Design Education

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8.962.1 - 8.962.12

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Paul Ranky

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Rapid Prototyping Cases for Integrated Design and Manufacturing Engineering Education with 3D Internet Support

Paul G. Ranky

Professor, The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, MERC (Multi-lifecycle Engineering Research Center), Newark, NJ, 07102, USA. Email:


The focus of this paper is the Rapid Prototyping (RP) process, presented and educated using novel 3D interactive, browser readable multimedia.

Rapid prototyping methods range from hand crafted objects that are often animated, to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machined parts, to CAD 3D models, to physical clay models that are hand or robot crafted in the automotive and aircraft industries. Rapid prototyping has many other integrated physical and intellectual domains, including software.

This paper introduces our knowledge management and teaching / learning methodology. Furthermore, to some extent we discuss our object / component knowledge documentation architecture and offer real-world examples, mostly during the software demonstration part of this paper, of this industry/academia sponsored R&D effort.


Rapid prototyping in engineering, IT, manufacturing, and other fields is an important area of science and technology. These should be communicated to everybody who is involved in product innovation, product creation, integrated product and process design (IP2D), engineering management, and product marketing.

In the industrial world leading companies are discovering that besides minimizing design and manufacturing costs while maximizing quality, they can achieve competitive advantage by introducing new, innovative products that satisfy individual consumers on a global basis. Gains of such 'hot new products' in academia, as well as industry can not only increase the company's market share but can create an entirely new market category, in which the company is the leader, therefore enjoys the efficiency gains by

Ranky, P. (2003, June), Rapid Prototyping Cases For Integrated Design And Manufacturing Engineering Education With 3 D Internet Support Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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