Technology

Rapid Prototyping Technology - Principles and Functional Requirements

Edited by Muhammad Enamul Hoque, ISBN 978-953-307-970-7, 402 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published September 26, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/830
Edited Volume

Modern engineering often deals with customized design that requires easy, low-cost and rapid fabrication. Rapid prototyping (RP) is a popular technology that enables quick and easy fabrication of customized forms/objects directly from computer aided design (CAD) model. The needs for quick product development, decreased time to market, and highly customized and low quantity parts are driving the demand for RP technology. Today, RP technology also known as solid freeform fabrication (SFF) or desktop manufacturing (DM) or layer manufacturing (LM) is regarded as an efficient tool to bring the product concept into the product realization rapidly. Though all the RP technologies are additive they are still different from each other in the way of building layers and/or nature of building materials. This book delivers up-to-date information about RP technology focusing on the overview of the principles, functional requirements, design constraints etc. of specific technology.

Dr. M. Enamul Hoque

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia

Dr. Muhammad Enamul Hoque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering and serves as Head of the Bioengineering Research Group at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He received his bachelor degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering in 1998 from BUET, Bangladesh, then M Eng and PhD in Bioengineering from NUS, Singapore in 2003 and 2007, respectively. So far, he has authored two books, co-authored three book chapters and edited two books. He has also published more than 60 technical papers in referred journals and international conference proceedings. He is a member of InTech’s Scientific Board and an invited lead guest editor of the International Journal of Materials and Mechanical Engineering and serves as a technical reviewer for about 10 international journals. He is a member of several professional scientific societies including Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), and Tissue Engineering Society Malaysia (TESMA). His research interests include the areas of Biomaterials, Biofuel, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, Nanomaterials and Composite Materials.

Experience

Education

  • 1984 – 1989

    Damurhuda Pilot High School, Chuadanga

  • 2000 - 2003

    Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Mechanical Engineering

  • 1993 - 1998

    Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka

    Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

  • 2002 – 2007

    Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Mechanical Engineering

Edited Books

  • Rapid Prototyping Technology - Principles and Functional Requirements

    Modern engineering often deals with customized design that requires easy, low-cost and rapid fabrication. Rapid prototyping (RP) is a popular technology that enables quick and easy fabrication of customized forms/objects directly from computer aided design (CAD) model. The needs for quick product development, decreased time to market, and highly customized and low quantity parts are driving the demand for RP technology. Today, RP technology also known as solid freeform fabrication (SFF) or desktop manufacturing (DM) or layer manufacturing (LM) is regarded as an efficient tool to bring the product concept into the product realization rapidly. Though all the RP technologies are additive they are still different from each other in the way of building layers and/or nature of building materials. This book delivers up-to-date information about RP technology focusing on the overview of the principles, functional requirements, design constraints etc. of specific technology.

  • Advanced Applications of Rapid Prototyping Technology in Modern Engineering

    Rapid prototyping (RP) technology has been widely known and appreciated due to its flexible and customized manufacturing capabilities. The widely studied RP techniques include stereolithography apparatus (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), three-dimensional printing (3DP), fused deposition modeling (FDM), 3D plotting, solid ground curing (SGC), multiphase jet solidification (MJS), laminated object manufacturing (LOM). Different techniques are associated with different materials and/or processing principles and thus are devoted to specific applications. RP technology has no longer been only for prototype building rather has been extended for real industrial manufacturing solutions. Today, the RP technology has contributed to almost all engineering areas that include mechanical, materials, industrial, aerospace, electrical and most recently biomedical engineering. This book aims to present the advanced development of RP technologies in various engineering areas as the solutions to the real world engineering problems.

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