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Rapid Prototyping and Engineering Applications

A Toolbox for Prototype Development, 1st Edition

By Frank W. Liou

CRC Press

562 pages | 460 B/W Illus.

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More quality, more flexibility, and less costs seem to be the key to meeting the demands of the global marketplace. The secret to success in this arena lies in the expert execution of the critical tasks in the product definition stage. Prototyping is an essential part of this stage, yet can be very expensive. It must be planned well and use state-of-the-art rapid and virtual prototyping tools to accelerate the process. Emphasizing the important role of prototyping in product definition, Rapid Prototyping and Engineering Applications: A Toolbox for Prototype Development covers a wide spectrum of prototyping tools with over 400 figures that give you instant access to the concepts.

The book discusses engineering procedures and the application of modern prototyping technologies, such as Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Virtual Prototyping (VP), that quickly deliver new products with lower costs and higher quality. Extensive examples and case studies make the author’s delineation of industrial practices easy to grasp. Practice exercises in each chapter develop problem-solving techniques and coverage of state-of-the-art RP technologies provides modern prototyping knowledge. And although the book highlights RP technologies extensively, it also explores other prototyping tools and methodologies, setting it apart as one of the few resources to cover both. It delineates the technologies required for well-planned prototyping that not only save money but decrease time to market.

Table of Contents


Development of A Successful Product

Product Prototyping and Its Impact

Product Prototyping and Product Development

Product Prototyping

Prototype Planning and Management

Product and Prototype Cost Estimation

Prototype Design Methods

Prototype Design Tools

Paper Prototyping

Learning from Nature

Modeling and Virtual Prototyping

Mathematical Modeling

Modeling of Physical Systems

Product Modeling

Using Commercial Software for Virtual Prototyping

Virtual Reality and Virtual Prototyping

Materials Selection and Product Prototyping

Prototyping Materials

Modeling of Material Properties

Modeling and Design of Materials and Structures

Direct Digital Prototyping and Manufacturing

Solid Models and Prototype Representation

Reverse Engineering and Product Prototyping

Prototyping and Manufacturing Using CNC Machining

Fully Automated Digital Prototyping and Manufacturing

Rapid Prototyping Processes

Rapid Prototyping Overview

Rapid Prototyping Procedure

Liquid Based RP Part

Solid Based RP Processes

Powder Based RP Processes

Summary and Future RP Processes

Building A Prototype Using Off-the-Shelf Components

How to Decide What to Purchase?

How to Find the Catalogs that Have the Needed Components?

How to Ensure that the Purchased Components Will Work Together?

Tolerance Analysis

Tolerance Stack Analysis

Assembly Slacks

Process Capability

Statistical Tolerance Analysis

Case Study: Conceptual Design of A Chamber Cover

Prototyping of Automated Systems



Controllers and Analyzers


Using Prototypes for Product Assessment

Introduction to Design of Experiments

Orthogonal Arrays

Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

ANOVA Using Excel

Quality Characteristic (QC)

An Example: Optimization of A Prototype Laser Deposition Process

Prototype Optimization

Formulation of Engineering Problems for Optimization

Optimization Using Differential Calculus

Optimization Using Lagrange’s Multiplier Method

Optimization Using Microsoft Excel

Case Study: Application of Optimization in Fixture Design


About the Series

Mechanical Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Computer Graphics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General