In a message dated 01-12-11 20:19:29 EST, you write:
<< Hello all,
Does anyone have any information on rapid prototyping for sheet metal? With
this I mean making sheet metal sheets into products and not the layer based
technology so frequently used in RP.
There's at least one researcher from the University of Bath who has made an
attempt at adapting RP-like techniques to sheet metal fabrication. It looks
like the method could eventually produce arbitrary shapes. A rotating tool is
pressed against sheet metal stock to slowly plastically deform it using a CNC
technique. Eventually the sheet metal assumes a three dimensional shape
described by a CAD data model.
You should be able to find a paper on this by going to the "RP Reader's
Digest" section of our site and looking under the category "Unique Methods
Very interesting, but I don't know if he or anyone else has pursued this
beyond the initial study.
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