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Distributed rapid prototyping – a framework for Internet prototyping and manufacturing

Francis E.H. Tay (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Yadav P. Khanal (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Kwok Kuen Kwong (Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore)
Kim Cheng Tan (Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Article publication date: 1 November 2001



This paper focuses on the development of a distributed rapid prototyping system via the Internet to form a framework of Internet prototyping and manufacturing for the support of effective product development. The proposed methodology is targeted at a wide audience using a disparate range of computer systems to access remotely located rapid prototyping facilities via the Internet for prototype fabrication. The methodology is useful for both educational research for teaching evolving rapid prototyping technologies and remote scientific visualization. This approach is based on the merger of object‐oriented modular software architecture and client server communications for the remote control of rapid prototyping hardware (called fused deposition modeling) via the Internet. Other Web tools are used to allow the remote user to have higher interactivity with the server applications that have a direct link with the front‐end terminals controlling the rapid prototyping hardware.



Tay, F.E.H., Khanal, Y.P., Kuen Kwong, K. and Cheng Tan, K. (2001), "Distributed rapid prototyping – a framework for Internet prototyping and manufacturing", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 409-415.




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