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Title: An empirical laser sintering time estimator for Duraform PA
Authors: Ruffo, M.
Tuck, Christopher
Hague, Richard J.M.
Keywords: Rapid manufacturing
Time estimation
Laser sintering
Rapid prototyping
Cost estimation
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: RUFFO, M. TUCK, C. and HAGUE, R.J.M., 2006. An empirical laser sintering time estimator for Duraform PA. International Journal of Production Research, 44(23), pp. 5131-5146
Abstract: This paper presents work on the development of a build time estimator for Rapid Manufacturing (RM). A time estimator is required in order to develop a comprehensive costing tool for RM. An empirical method has been used to estimate build times utilising both simulated and actual builds for a Laser Sintering (LS) machine. The estimator presented here is based upon object geometry and therefore the fundamental data driving the model is obtainable from current three dimensional Computer Aided Design (3D-CAD) models. The aim of the paper is to define a model describing the build times for a laser sintering machine either for single or multiple objects.
Description: This journal article was published in the journal, International Journal of Production Research [© Taylor & Francis] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207540600622522
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/00207540600622522
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5655
ISSN: 0020-7543
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