ROLAND DG will show a new method of time compression design process, or subtractive rapid prototyping, at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2005.
The company will conduct a production run that will include 3D scanning a product and generating a tool path to create a form from which vacuum blister packaging can be moulded.
The demonstration will take one to two hours to complete the entire process. NMW 2005 will be the first time in Australia the company has demonstrated the time compression process. The technique provides accessibility and flexibility to create prototypes for a wide range of products from computer components through to fully manufactured pieces.
In combination with the Roland DG range of large format printing and cutting machines the process allows operators to produce a fully finished product at a fraction of the time and cost.