Title: New challenges in computer aided solid model design for rapid prototyping of vehicle components

Authors: Jian (John) Dong

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3139, USA

Abstract: Rapid Prototyping or Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) is an emerging fabrication process for production of physical objects directly from CAD models. It has been increasingly used in automotive industries for rapid fabrication of prototypes to verify new or modified designs. Computer modelling and interfaces have not become issues until recent years when research on the SFF of multiple material components and high precision functional prototypes has been initiated. This paper will summarize a number of these issues and the research directions on these issues will be also discussed.

Keywords: rapid prototyping; SFF; STL; computer aided design; CAD; solid modelling; vehicle components; vehicle design; component design; solid freeform fabrication.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1997.062073

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1997 Vol.18 No.5, pp.548 - 557

Published online: 29 May 2014 *

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