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.
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/10.1108/01445150310501190Download as .RIS
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