UCLA Short Course on "Rapid Prototyping: Technologies and Applications"

From: Goodin, Bill (bgoodin@unex.ucla.edu)
Date: Fri Feb 07 1997 - 02:35:00 EET

On May 5-7, 1997, UCLA Extension will present the short course, "Rapid
Prototyping: Technologies and Applications", on the UCLA campus in
Los Angeles.

The instructors are Mr. Jerome L. Johnson, J-TECH, Inc., and Dr. Paul F.
Jacobs, 3D Systems, Inc.

The text, "Principles of Computer Automated Fabrication", J. Johnson
(Palatino Press, 1994), and lecture notes are provided to each

The course includes a visit to the facilities of 3D Systems with
demonstrations of objects being fabricated.

Rapid prototyping is one of the names given to a new group of
technologies for converting designs from computer representations
into solid objects without human intervention. The technologies are also
collectively known as solid free-form fabrication and computer automated
fabrication. Rapid prototyping first appeared in a commercial machine
1986. Since then, at least six distinct technologies have been
described in
the literature. Five of those technologies have already been brought to
market as commercial products in at least 23 different machines. No
one of the many technologies has yet proven it can meet all market
requirements, so those intending to be a part of this industry must know
the fundamental processes, limits, and potentials of all the competing

The technology portion of the course presents a unified description of
rapid prototyping technologies based on their fundamental principles.
The organization and descriptions are presented from the perspective of
choosing a technology for a specific market need or application.
Performance limits are described in terms of the physical limits of
materials, processes, or the transport of energy and mass. The
applications portion
of the course concentrates on stereolithography and concept modeling.
Specific applications are described and shown ranging from simple
visualization models to high volume manufacturing tools. Measurement
methods and part accuracy experiences are presented along with
demonstrations of objects being fabricated at the facilities of 3D

This course is intended for:
o advanced technology managers
o tooling engineers
o advanced manufacturing engineers and managers
o managers and engineers responsible for shortening the design
cycle time
o microstructure and micromechanism engineers

The course should provide the following benefits:
o understanding the fundamental principles that determine the
advantages and limitations of each rapid prototyping process
o an introduction to rapid prototyping processes not yet available as
commercial products
o seeing actual parts made by commercial rapid prototyping machines

The course fee is $1195, which includes the course text and extensive
course materials. The course notes are for participants only, and are
for sale.

For additional information and a complete course description, please
contact Marcus Hennessy at:

(310) 825-1047
(310) 206-2815 fax

This course may also be presented on-site at company locations.

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