An Interactive Virtual System for Simulation and Optimization of Rapid Prototyping
The paper describes the development of a computer system for simulation and optimization of rapid prototyping (RP) processes. The system provides a test-bed for virtual prototyping by integrating product design and RP with simulation and realistic visualization techniques. It enhances the dimensional accuracy and reduces the build-time of product prototypes. The virtually fabricated parts may be exported in VRML format over the Internet for effective communication between the manufacturer and the customer. The designer may use the system to design-build-break as many parts as required at a relatively low cost andin a short period of time. Therefore, virtual simulation of RP processes facilitates tuning of the control parameters according to the requirements, and hence reduces the number of physical prototypes needed to produce a part.