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Rapid prototyping or rapid production? 3D printing processes move industry towards the latter

David Bak (Presse Professionnelle SARL, 34 Boardman Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950, USA. Tel: +1 978 463 3336; Fax: +1 978 463 2063; E‐mail: dbak@pressepro.com)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 December 2003

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Abstract

Rapid manufacturing – defined as the direct production of finished goods from a rapid prototyping device – remains at present more a goal than reality for industry. The application of 3D printing technologies, however, promises to merge rapid prototyping capabilities with the high‐volume throughput of conventional manufacturing. Proponents believe that these processes may soon lead to the tooless production of finished goods and the mass production of individually customized parts.

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Bak, D. (2003), "Rapid prototyping or rapid production? 3D printing processes move industry towards the latter", Assembly Automation, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 340-345. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445150310501190

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