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Rapid Tooling in support of accelerated new product development

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dc.contributor.author de Beer, Deon
dc.contributor.author Booysen, Gerrie
dc.contributor.author Barnard, Ludrick
dc.contributor.author Truscott, Michèle
dc.contributor.other Emerald: Assembly Automation
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-22T13:24:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-22T13:24:33Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.issn 0144-5154
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/735
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper examines whether additive manufacturing can deliver durable injection‐moulding tools – fast, reliable, accurate and economic. Researchers from the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), South Africa, are involved in rapid prototyping (RP) applications‐based research, simultaneously using results to support small‐ and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) on a national basis – both with contract research and technology transfer[1]. SMEs in South Africa involved in product development, are often hampered by economies of scale. Many new products simply disappear in the product development valley of death, partly due to manufacturing costs and limited product development budgets. RP has been used extensively by Technimark, one of the CUT's industrial partners, to evaluate and verify designs in various design stages. To remain competitive in the global market, Technimark and the CUT often have to apply RP directly as the manufacturing method. The paper discusses the use of RP to support (accelerated) limited production of moulded plastic parts. en_US
dc.format.mimetype Application/PDF
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Emerald: Assembly Automation
dc.relation.ispartofseries Assembly Automation;Volume 25, Issue 4
dc.subject Rapid prototypes en_US
dc.subject Production equipment en_US
dc.title Rapid Tooling in support of accelerated new product development en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Assembly Automation

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