30 April 2002 Comparison of laser-based rapid prototyping techniques
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Proceedings Volume 4644, Seventh International Conference on Laser and Laser-Information Technologies; (2002) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.464173
Event: Seventh International Conference on Laser and Laser Information Technologies, 2001, Vladimir, Suzdal, Russian Federation
A diverse range of Rapid Prototyping, or layer manufacturing techniques have evolved since the introduction of the first process in the late 1980s. Many, although not all, rapid prototyping processes rely on lasers to provide a localised and controllable source of light for curing a liquid photopolymer or heat to fuse thermoplastic powders to form objects. This paper will provide an overview of laser based rapid prototyping methods and discuss the future direction of this technology in light of the threats posed by low cost 3D printing techniques and the opportunity for the direct manufacture of metal components.
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Hugh Humphreys, Hugh Humphreys, David Wimpenny, David Wimpenny, "Comparison of laser-based rapid prototyping techniques", Proc. SPIE 4644, Seventh International Conference on Laser and Laser-Information Technologies, (30 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.464173; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.464173


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