Rapid prototyping or 3D printing, while getting faster and more capable, as well as having more materials that are suitable for the wide array of processes, is rapid in the context of prototyping.
While the folks up in Manitoba at KOR EcoLogic are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to create the Urbee 2, a wholly 3D-printed vehicle, right now, Local Motors is, this very moment (until May 13, 2014), running, in cooperation with the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge.
If you’ve ever thought that development for large, bureaucratic organizations is necessarily mired in red tape, here’s something that might change your perspective: The Army CoCreate platform.
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In light of all of the depressing news related to Lance Armstrong, here’s some rather interesting news from the world of human power transport, the development of the velomobile that won the 2012 World Human Powered Speed Challenge last month.
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Although the topic was ostensibly the implementation of plastic materials under the hood as replacements for metals—and with there being some significant reasons for doing so, as in “Weight savings vary from 20 to 50%, depending on the component.
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Although rapid prototyping isn’t uncommon in the auto industry (see: autofieldguide.com/articles/rapid-prototyping-how-its-done-at-gm), the technology is typically used by automakers to make pieces and panels.
FARO’s CAM2 Measure 10 software for the FaroArm, ScanArm and Laser Tracker, allows non-contact part scanning to collect point cloud data for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and analysis.