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Title: Rapid manufacturing facilitated customisation
Authors: Tuck, Christopher
Hague, Richard J.M.
Ruffo, M.
Ransley, M.
Adams, P.
Keywords: Customisation
Reverse engineering
Rapid manufacturing
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: TUCK, C..... et al., 2006. Rapid manufacturing facilitated customisation. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 21(3), pp. 245 - 258.
Abstract: This paper presents a novel method for the production of body-fitting customised seat profiles utilising the following digital methods: three dimensional laser scanning, reverse engineering and Rapid Manufacturing (RM). Seat profiles were manufactured in order to influence the comfort characteristics of an existing ejector seat manufactured by Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd. The seat, known as the Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat (NACES), was originally designed with a generic profile. This paper shows the replacement of this profile with shapes captured from fast jet pilots. Pressure mapping of occupied seats, has shown that the pressure distribution under the buttocks can be influenced using body-fitting design and thus comfort is directly affected. The paper discusses the relevance of RM with respect to mass customisation and personalisation and, in addition, recognises RM as a Next Generation Manufacturing System (NGMS) capable of satisfying increasingly diverse products and lower volume production. A generic customisation process is reviewed to identify areas of technical difficulty and key issues in the cost-effective customisation of products.
Description: This article was published in the journal, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing [© Taylor & Francis]. It is also available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09511920701216238
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09511920701216238
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5661
ISSN: 0951-192X
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