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JRM Vol.9 No.6 pp. 420-426
doi: 10.20965/jrm.1997.p0420
(1997)

Review:

Technological Trends of Rapid Tooling by Layer Laminate Manufacturing

Takeo Nakagawa

Institute of Insustrial Science, University of Tokyo, 7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, Japan

Received:
28 October, 1997
Accepted:
25 November, 1997
Published:
December 20, 1997
Keywords:
Rapid prototyping, Rapid tooling, Laser stereolithography
Abstract

One of the greatest problems in the rush to develop new products lies in the shortening of the development lead time. Therefore, solutions are sought, particularly in rapid prototype manufacturing and rapid preparation for mass production. Most mechanical parts are manufactured using the forming process. The production of the dies and molds used for producing these formed parts poses a bottleneck in the development of new products. As technological innovation advances rapidly for the manufacture of dies and molds, more rapid die and mold manufacturing methods are being sought, and such demands urge the development of new technologies. Rapid tooling, utilizing R/P models, can result in the rapid manufacturing of prototypes, and dies and molds. This paper reviews this rapid tool manufacturing based on layer laminate manufacturing which is attracting a lot of attention.

Cite this article as:
Takeo Nakagawa, “Technological Trends of Rapid Tooling by Layer Laminate Manufacturing,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.9, No.6, pp. 420-426, 1997.
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