Study of part placement for rapid prototyping process

Yung Nien Yang, Herman R. Leep, Hamid Parsaei, Dar Jen Chang

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Part placement in the working space of a rapid prototyping machine is an important factor in machine utilization. As the technology shifts from making just prototypes to being used as one of the methods for the actual part production, the more parts being made simultaneously the more economical will be the method, thus making it more affordable and preferred. In order to achieve high utilization, the operator needs to find the best possible way to place parts in the limited machine work space. It is desired to have an automatic part placement system instead of using a tedious manual adjustment. This paper discusses a geometric feature abstraction and part placement algorithm, two critical issues for implementing such an automatic system. A general review of rapid prototyping technologies is also given.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustrial Engineering Research - Conference Proceedings
EditorsGuy L. Curry
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 6th Annual Industrial Engineering Research Conference, IERC - Miami Beach, FL, USA
Duration: 17 May 199718 May 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 6th Annual Industrial Engineering Research Conference, IERC
CityMiami Beach, FL, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Yang, Y. N., Leep, H. R., Parsaei, H., & Chang, D. J. (1997). Study of part placement for rapid prototyping process. In G. L. Curry (Ed.), Industrial Engineering Research - Conference Proceedings (pp. 385-390). IIE.