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The characteristics of the CAT to CAD to rapid prototyping system

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dc.contributor.author Schenker, Rudolf
dc.contributor.other Bloemfontein: Central University of Technology, Free State
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-02T12:41:06Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-02T12:41:06Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1108
dc.description Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract Computer Aided Design (CAD), Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Computer Aided Tomography (CAT) technologies were researched. The project entails a unique combination of the abovementioned technologies, which had to be mastered by the author, on local and international terms. Nine software packages were evaluated to determine the modus operandi, required input and final output results. Fifty Rapid Prototyping systems were investigated to determine the strong and weak areas of the various systems, which showed that prototype materials, machine cost and growing time play an essential role. Thirty Reverse Engineering systems were also researched. Six different RE methods were recorded with several commercial systems available. Nineteen case studies were completed by using several different Computer Aided Tomography (CAT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) centers. Each scanning centre has different apparatus and is discussed in detail in the various case studies. The focus of this project is the data transfer of two dimensional CAT scanning data to threedimensional prototypes by using Reverse Engineering (RE) and Rapid Prototyping (RP). It is therefore of cardinal importance that one is familiar and understands the various fields of interest namely Reverse Engineering, Computer Aided Tomography and Rapid Prototyping. Each of these fields will be discussed in detail, with the latest developments in these fields covered as well. Case studies and research performed in the medical field should gain the medical industry's confidence. Constant marketing and publications will ensure that the technology is applied and transferred to the industry. Commercialisation of the technology is of utmost importance en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Bloemfontein: Central University of Technology, Free State
dc.subject Computer-aided design - Computer programs en_US
dc.subject Rapid prototyping en_US
dc.title The characteristics of the CAT to CAD to rapid prototyping system en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder Central University of Technology, Free State

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