Polymeric Materials for Rapid Manufacturing

  • Fred J. Davis
  • Geoffrey R. Mitchell


Rapid Manufacturing also known as solid free-form fabrication is a term describing a range of processes whereby a computer generated design is converted to a three-dimensional (3D) object. This methodology was originally used for the manufacture of models and prototypes (hence the description “Rapid Prototyping”) [1] and has becoming an increasingly important tool for designers and manufacturers [2]; indeed in some cases this approach is being extended to the manufacture of small numbers of complex articles. One particularly exciting development is the use of Rapid Manufacturing for the production of biocompatible components for medical use, where the production of a one-off component is a necessary requirement. Examples include the manufacture of dental prostheses [3] and hip joints [4].


Vinyl Ether Selective Laser Sinter Fuse Deposition Modeling Phenol Formaldehyde Resin Negative Photoresist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product DevelopmentPolytechnic Institute of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal

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