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Rapid prototyping of large scale aerospace structures

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4 Author(s)
Thomas, C.L. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT, USA ; Gaffney, T.M. ; Kaza, S. ; Lee, C.H.

A new Rapid Prototyping (RP) technique is being developed at the Manufacturing Processes Laboratory at the University of Utah. This alternative RP technique allows engineers to create full scale physical prototypes of their large designs literally overnight. Where existing RP machines are limited to models that fit within a 30"×30"×20" volume, Shape Maker II is capable of producing models with cross sections up to 4'×8' and with relatively unlimited length. A fundamental description of Shape Maker II is given. Results from testing indicate that this machine has utility with fabricating patterns and molds for large scale composite laminates

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Aerospace Applications Conference, 1996. Proceedings., 1996 IEEE  (Volume:4 )

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3-10 Feb 1996