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Rapid Prototyping Technology's Niche In Developing Product Innovation And Commercialization Centers

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Product Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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12.1219.1 - 12.1219.9



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David Street Rochester Institute of Technology

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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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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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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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Rapid Prototyping Technology’s Niche in Developing a Center for Product Innovation and Commercialization abstract

The days of build-test-fix appear to be coming to a close. The key to this change is manufacturing through rapid prototyping (RP), a new process that is facilitating more efficient product development. RP is becoming a manufacturing tool that is also being utilized by the university and students to support innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the academic and business community. Some of RP’s strength’s are in its versatility and ability to prove a concept. Often used by manufacturing representatives, RP provides fast response to marketing and an equally fast production turnaround. RIT recognizes the strengths that RP can provide and is making an effort to institute RP in a new non-profit Center for Product Innovation and Commercialization (CPIC). This entrepreneurial based center provides an avenue for students looking to expand their experiential learning base. The new center will allow individuals from cross-disciplines to connect and hone products through the means of rapid manufacturing. A focus on fast response to marketing, Proof-of-Concept, and market testing will be seen from a faculty, student, and business perspective. The procedure and quality control issues associated in creating this new center, as well as an exploration into continual improvement will be developed. Data will be provided that supports an increasing interest in learning by students as a result of allowing them to develop their own ideas and interests.


With the new era of technology and present pace of industry, RP presents itself as a viable entrepreneurial and learning tool. These RP machines aid in the students’ experiential learning and assists them in joint academic/business ventures. Many advancements have taken place that allow for more flexibility in the machine’s uses. With more then twenty years use, RP machines are starting to become more affordable to smaller businesses and individuals. This allows colleges with minimal financial flexibility to purchase and capitalize on this equipment.

RP’s power rests in the machines ability to take a concept and quickly turn it into a physical model to be displayed and analyzed. These RP machines are a powerful tool for those who wish to impose quality standards like Six Sigma or Total Quality Management (TQM). Quality is accomplished by front-loading the design process. This entails making and refining most of the design errors before capital is invested in manufacturing. The new process allows for a shorter iterative cycle as compared to the old build-test-fix model. Figure 1 is an evaluation of the design cycle (Ullman, p 180) 1.

Street, D., & danziger, J., & Leonard, W. (2007, June), Rapid Prototyping Technology's Niche In Developing Product Innovation And Commercialization Centers Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2854

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