CNC versus Rapid Tooling from RP

Date: Thu Feb 18 1999 - 11:31:58 EET

Does anyone have any references which compare CNC (high speed or
otherwise) against RP derived Rapid Tooling routes?

As CNC is getting faster and faster, both in terms of spindle speed,
computer processing speed and job throughput, can anyone see a life for
Rapid Tooling from RP beyond the next 5 years (or less?) except for
certain niche applications?

I would be interested to hear of any views, particularly those from the
industrial readers of the list who are changing, or who have changed,
from Rapid Tooling to CNC.

I know the list has discussed this topic before (though not recently)
but in a constantly changing environment it pays to keep up with
developments in the older, more traditional tooling routes.

Steve Windsor
Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
Rover Group
University of Warwick
Coventry, UK

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