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Title: Rapid manufacturing as a tool for agile manufacturing: applications and implementation perspectives
Authors: Bateman, RJ
Cheng, K
Keywords: E-Manufacture;Rapid prototyping;Rapid manufacturing;Agile manufacture
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: The International Society of Agile Manufacturing (ISAM)
Citation: International Journal of Agile Manufacturing, 9( 1): 39-52, Aug 2006
Abstract: Manufacturing engineers and technologists around the globe are already well familiar with manufacturing methodologies and systems developments in the last part of the twentieth century. Many are probably also familiar with the current state of Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies, especially in the areas of concept model making and prototype development. They may not however, be so familiar with the more recent developments of these technologies towards Rapid Manufacturing (RM) and the directions which the applications of RM technologies are taking for agile manufacturing purposes in particular. This paper critically reviews the various technologies currently available, outlines development trends in RM, discusses the approach, application and implementation perspectives by which these RM technologies are applied for increasing agility and responsiveness in manufacturing. Furthermore, the paper describes two case study examples to further illustrate the application scenarios in agile manufacturing before concluding remarks.
ISSN: 1536-2639
Appears in Collections:Design
Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE)
Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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