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Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Online from: 1995

Subject Area: Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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Rapid prototyping of small size objects

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Title:Rapid prototyping of small size objects
Author(s):Arnaud Bertsch, (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland.), Paul Bernhard, (PROFORM AG, Marly, Switzerland.), Christian Vogt, (PROFORM AG, Marly, Switzerland.), Philippe Renaud, (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland.)
Citation:Arnaud Bertsch, Paul Bernhard, Christian Vogt, Philippe Renaud, (2000) "Rapid prototyping of small size objects", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 6 Iss: 4, pp.259 - 266
Keywords:Microfabrication, Rapid prototyping, Stereolithography
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/13552540010373362 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The commercialization of new products integrating many functions in a small volume requires more and more often the rapid prototyping of small high-resolution objects, having intricate details, small openings and smooth surfaces. To give an answer to this demand, the stereolithography process has started to evolve towards a better resolution: the “small spot” stereolithography technology allows to reach a sufficient resolution for the manufacturing of a large range of small and precise prototype parts. Microstereolithography, a technique with resolution about an order of magnitude better than conventional stereolithography, is studied by different academic research groups. The integral microstereolithography machine developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is described in this paper, and potential applications are presented. The resolutions of conventional, small spot and microstereolithography technologies are compared and the potential of the microstereolithography technique is shown for the manufacturing of small and complex objects.

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