Rapid Prototyping and Engineering Applications : A Toolbox for Prototype Development, Second Edition book cover
2nd Edition

Rapid Prototyping and Engineering Applications
A Toolbox for Prototype Development, Second Edition

ISBN 9781498798921
Published February 12, 2019 by CRC Press
548 Pages 500 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the publication of the first edition, several Additive Manufacturing technologies have been invented, and many new terminologies have been formalized. Each chapter has been brought up-to-date so that this book continues with its coverage of engineering procedures and the application of modern prototyping technologies, such as Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Virtual Prototyping (VP) that quickly develops new products with lower costs and higher quality. The examples, practice exercises, and case studies have also been updated.


  • Gears toward rapid product prototyping technologies
  • Presents a wide spectrum of prototyping tools and state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies
  • Explains how to use these rapid product prototyping tools in the development of products
  • Includes examples and case studies from the industry
  • Provides exercises in each chapter along with solutions

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Product prototyping Chapter 3 Modeling and virtual prototyping Chapter 4 Material selections and product prototyping Chapter 5 Direct digital prototyping and manufacturing Chapter 6 Additive manufacturing processes Chapter 7 Building a prototype using off-the-shelf components Chapter 8 Prototyping of automated systems Chapter 9 Using prototypes for product assessment Chapter 10 Prototype optimization

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Fuewen Frank Liou is the Michael and Joyce Bytnar Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was the co-founder and has served as the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program at Missouri S&T since 1999. Dr. Liou has successfully received several curriculum development funds and set up two scholarship endowment programs. In 2014, Missouri S&T identified Advanced Manufacturing as the first of its four signature areas. He has received over $15M in research funding and published a book on Rapid Prototyping, along with over 250 technical papers. Dr.Liou’s research excels in metal additive manufacturing (AM), including hybrid additive and subtractive processes, multiscale Multiphysics process modeling, and AM process monitoring and control. His research has been funded by AFRL, NASA, NSF, and industries. He has received several teaching, research, and service awards, including several best paper awards. Dr. Liou is the cofounder of Product Innovation and Engineering (PINE), LLC. He is a senior member SME and a Fellow of ASME.