Rapid Manufacturing (RM) techniques now make it possible to produce a series of quality high-tech complex end products, which is beneficial in terms of speed, cost price, product variation and flexibility. It is essential that the development and production processes are coherently linked. The Rapid Manufacturing Demo Centre facilitates companies in doing this.
In Rapid Prototyping (RP) products are constructed layer by layer. As opposed to the more conventional technologies such as turning and milling, RP enables the manufacture of products with complex geometries. And since the product is made without the intervention of tools, such expensive equipment is unnecessary, saving both time and money. RP has so far been used mainly by industry to make a 'basic model'; series manufacture of functional products has had to wait given the limitations in processes, materials and finishing of the product. However, there has been enormous progress in recent years. We see a shift from RP to Rapid Manufacturing (RM) for the fast, series production of functional end products. The advantages are clear: no tool costs, very short time-to-market, quick implementation of any product modifications, no or low stock costs and a low cost price for the end product.
RM offers production technology a number of advantages over more traditional technologies:
TNO has clustered its RM knowledge and experience into the Rapid Manufacturing Demo Centre, supporting companies to apply this successfully. By merging together our knowledge of the entire development and production process with knowledge of known RM techniques, the best option can be selected for particular application.
The Rapid Manufacturing Demo Centre:
The Rapid Manufacturing Demo Centre of TNO bridges the gap between technology and marketplace for businesses.