CAD and Rapid Prototyping for Product Design
Computer-aided design (CAD) and rapid prototyping (RP) are now a fundamental part of the professional practice of product design and are therefore essential skills for product design undergraduate students. This book provides students with all the tools needed to get to grips with the range of both CAD software and RP processes used in the industry. Presented in a visually engaging format, this book is packed with case study examples from contemporary product designers, as well as screen shots, CAD models and images of rapid prototypes highlighting the design process. This book shows how CAD and RP software is used in product design and explains, in clear language, the similarities and differences between the different software packages and processes.
INTRODUCTION This introduction will explain what computer-aided design is and explain its use in the product design process. Case Study Joris Laarman Lab (Bone Chair and Bone Chaise) CHAPTER 1: COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN This section will cover principles of drawing in CAD, exploring drawing in two dimensions, three dimensions and editing 2D and 3D drawings. What is Computer-Aided Design? / What is Computer-Aided Design Used For? / CAD Modelling Approaches / Drawings to 3D Models / Case Studies / Animation / CAD Software for Product Design CHAPTER 2: RAPID PROTOTYPING This section will explain what rapid prototyping is and explain its use in the product design process to create product prototypes. It will explain when and why to use an RP process as opposed to a traditional method of prototyping. What is Rapid Prototyping? / What is Rapid Prototyping Used For? / Rapid Prototyping Processes / Rapid Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing / Subtractive RP / Case Studies / Finishing Additive RP Models / Considerations For CAD Models Destined For RP CHAPTER 3: THE FUTURE OF CAD and RP Through a variety of case studies, this section will examine some exciting and novel uses of CAD and RP in the field of commercial and academic research. The most recent developments in CAD software and related hardware will be explored. It will include information from software developers on current developments in 3D modelling tools and techniques. Developments in related hardware devices and associated software, digital tablets, touch screens and 3D displays will also be covered. The Environment / Consumers / Technology / Design CONCLUSION Glossary 3D Modelling, Rendering and Engineering Software Common Types of 3D File Further Reading Index Picture Credits Acknowledgements