A brief overview in this chapter on the importance of rapid prototyping technologies is followed by Chapter 2, Process Overview, detailing currently available layered rapid prototyping processes and those under development. Chapter 3, Historical Perspective, gives insights into early developments of layered manufacturing and the evolution of key patents. Chapter 4, Needs, Goals and Objectives, assesses current and future directions of SFF processes and applications. The core of the report consists of Chapters 5-12, which survey materials, software and systems design, machine design, and applications for layered manufacturing in Europe and Japan, with comparisons to work in the United States.

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Published: March 1997; WTEC Hyper-Librarian