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Gynaecological product development facilitated through RP and Rapid Tooling

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dc.contributor.author Barnard, L.J.
dc.contributor.author Booysen, G.J.
dc.contributor.author De Beer, D.J.
dc.contributor.other Central University of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-08T08:38:26Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-08T08:38:26Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.issn 1684498X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/422
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Atkinson distinguishes between four types of prototypes, categorised through its end-use: •Design or aesthetic prototypes •Geometrical prototypes •Functional prototypes •Technological prototypes Shigley and Mitchell define the design process according to the following six phases: Recognition of need Definition of problem Synthesis Analysis and optimization Evaluation Presentation The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacture (CRPM) of the Central University of Technology, Free State was asked to assist in the development of a newly developed gynaecological cream applicator. Apart from needing a freeform fabrication system to give form fit and function to the very complex design, the product needed Rapid Tooling / Rapid Manufacturing support to enable a first batch production for medical trials and evaluation. The paper will describe the total product development process alongside prototype categories described by Atkinson and design phases defined by Shigley and Mitchell (including some iterations enabled through timeous prototyping, including various Rapid Prototyping (RP) Technologies, soft tooling and vacuum casting). More importantly, results from Rapid Tooling for limited run production (due to the complexity of the product the cycle time of the Prototype Tool is fairly long), as well as the economical impact made possible through the support of CAD / CAM and RP Technologies, will be discussed. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol 4, Issue 1: Central University of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein
dc.relation.ispartofseries Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal;Vol 4, Issue 1
dc.subject Rapid prototyping en_US
dc.subject Rapid tooling en_US
dc.subject CAD design en_US
dc.subject Functional prototype en_US
dc.title Gynaecological product development facilitated through RP and Rapid Tooling en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Central University of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein

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