Rapid Prototyping/RPD

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3D printed microbatteries enable miniature devices

The microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the ...

Tool chain speeds software development

Software development costs could be significantly reduced by using a new rapid prototyping tool chain from transmission control specialist Vocis.

UK additive manufacturing research leads the field

The UK is setting the pace in the race to develop next generation, multi-material and multifunctional additive manufacturing technologies, and this looks set to continue with a number of dedicated ...

Show preview: TCT Live 2012

TCT Live 2012, which takes place from the 25th-26th September at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, is a key event for those involved in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

3D printing nears the mainstream

Almost since its inception as a technology, we have been promised that additive manufacturing will become a mainstream industrial technology. Thus far, this has not proved to be the case, but a ...

Early prototyping benefits Bentley

Making the most of rapid prototyping technology early in the design process is bringing significant benefits to luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors. Justin Cunningham reports.

The material world of RP

The proliferation of rapid prototyping and manufacturing methods relies on a range of materials to provide solutions for a number of engineering and manufacturing challenges. Matt Bailey reports.

Joining the dots

Advances in point cloud processing could have major and positive repercussions for design. Paul Fanning reports.

Rapid prototyping 'shows its metal'

Tom Shelley reports on advances in rapid prototyping, such as the manufacture of more efficient heat exchangers and hydraulic manifolds.

Computing aids advance rapid development

Tom Shelley reports on technologies to aid brainstorming and getting products to market faster, especially in the challenging field of alternative energy.

Seeing is believing

Tom Shelley reports on latest advances in interacting with virtual worlds to design better products.

End product defines best route to useful prototypes

There is nothing like a physical product to appreciate how something is going to look and work. Apple, famed for innovative product ­designs such as the iPod and iPhone, owes much its global success ...

Are we still talking about this?

The argument for going to 3D from 2D packages still seems to be out there but it is somewhat less forceful than it was. Justin Cunningham reports