Lecture #1 -- Aug. 29, 2003.

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What Is CS 294-10 All About ?

Characteristics of Rapid Prototyping

See intro slides of our course (organized by Prof. Sara McMains) at SIGGRAPH 2003


Rapid Prototyping by Solid Free-form Fabrication

(Additive Methods) On-line course notes by M.Bailey from Siggraph'96.

Rapid Prototyping of Solid Three-Dimensional Parts" Technical Report by Sara McMains

Rapid Prototyping by Machining

In Numerically Controlled (NC) Machining material is removed by a cutting operation:

Producing a Pilot Series

A Successful Prototype may be followed by a series of many parts for product trial:

First Homework Assignment:

A#1: Explore the Spectrum of Manufacturing Methods

To put the Layered Manufacturing Methods, which are the focus of this class, into proper perspective,
Use the Manufacturing Advisory Service
to find out what methods may exist to make some contiguous part of uniform material composition.

Pick 3 different parts that are contiguous solids of one and the same material
(e.g., plastic cup, steel spoon, bronze book end, church bell, car suspension spring, wooden salad bowl ... )
and using the "MAS", find out what options for manufacturing this web page recommends,
assuming that you want to make just a few prototypes.
-- Write / print out  a little summary of your findings for each of the three parts studied.
-- Note, whether and when any Layered Manufacturing Techniques are recommended.
-- Make suggestions, how this MAS could be made more useful or easier to use.

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