Rapid Prototyping is an automated process that quickly builds physical prototypes from 3D CAD files composed of surface quilts or solid models. Types of rapid prototyping include Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), among others.
The CLAD Process
Describes how a fully equipped CLAD system (200 W fiber laser, high performance cladding nozzle, powder feeding device,CNC workstation ...) allows the manufacturing of parts without tools.
Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institution
Georgia Tech sponsored courses on RP technology. Page includes list of faculty, projects and library resources.
The Rapid Prototyping Home Page
Providing information and links relating to rapid prototyping, including studies, education and research on the various processes.
Strategic Information on Rapid Prototyping
Information on the strategic, implementation and organizational issues surrounding rapid prototyping technologies. Links to rapid prototyping vendor's web sites.