[rp-ml] Universities involved in RP/SFF research and/or RP/SFF education activities

From: Gervasi, Vito <gervasi_at_msoe.edu>
Date: Tue Feb 14 2006 - 22:30:21 EET

Please forward the following opportunity to the appropriate individual
at your institution -or- ignore if you have already submitted requested
input for this year...

A section on RP/SFF Activities at Universities is being prepared for the
2006 Wohlers Report <http://wohlersassociates.com/> and I am seeking
input from those Universities involved in RP and SFF. This is a great
opportunity to share a brief summary of your University's research and
educational activities related to RP/SFF. Please share, we all want to
know what's happening at your university.


Please submit a brief (40-80 word summary, 120 words max) summary
outlining your primary research or educational focus and any noteworthy
and recent advancements, breakthrough's, announcements, etc., being
conducted at your institution related to RP/SFF. Click here to submit


Also, interesting quotes (submit quote
<mailto:gervasi@msoe.edu?subject=Here's%20a%20quote%20from....> ) from
industrial partners or comments related to the following questions are
also appreciated:


* What role do universities play in rapid prototyping education?
Click here to submit comments
* How will universities contribute to RP/SFF and RP/SFF related
technologies in coming years? Click here to submit comments
* How has your institution's RP/SFF activities helps industry,
teaching, research advancements? Click here to submit comments


J-peg Images of students with RP related projects are welcome, please
include captions. Email Image



Examples from the 2005 report...


Clemson University: The university is focusing on three areas of
1) improved surface properties for rapid tooling, 2) multi-material
design and manufacture, and 3) tissue manufacturing. Several machines
for additive fabrication are currently available to students in
mechanical engineering and architecture, as well as to local businesses.
They include an Actua system, three 3D printers from Z Corp., an FDM
system, and a ProMetal machine. For research, the university is running
an Ultrasonic Consolidation system from Solidica, a ProMetal system, and
two hybrid machines for the production of living tissue. Contact:
Georges Fadel


Queen's University (Canada): A Rapid Laminated Tooling Lab at the
university has been in operation since 2000. The research focuses on the
development of a lamination process for the rapid fabrication of
production tooling from sheet metal. Developments include the design and
fabrication of a small steel injection mold insert that has undergone
successful trials in a 20-ton injection-molding press. Current work
focuses on mechanical modeling of the steel laminates. Contact: Gene Zak


Helsinki University of Technology (Finland): The main research
activities are in the area of materials used for Incremental Sheet Metal
Forming. The university has developed a robot cell for research purposes
and studied sheet metal material behavior during the forming process. As
a part of an applied research project, researchers have developed a cost
model to evaluate rapid manufacturing economics and to re-engineer
business processes. The model includes both qualitative and quantitative
tools. The methodology can be used in companies that are evaluating
applications of rapid manufacturing. Contact: Jukka Tuomi



For more info on the Wohlers report go to: http://wohlersassociates.com/


I cannot guarantee your input will be included but your contribution
would be appreciated at your earliest convenience.


Thanks Much for your contribution and please submit by March 3rd, 2006


Vito Gervasi

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Submit to: Click Here

gervasi@msoe.edu <mailto:gervasi@msoe.edu>

Received on Tue Feb 14 20:13:35 2006

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